Andrew Weber, who oversaw the move of the Connecticut Tigers (short season A; NY-Penn League) from Oneonta to Norwich, is stepping down as the team’s GM.
Current vice president of operations, C.J. Knudsen, will replace Weber as vice president and general manager. Eric Knighton will be promoted to vice president and assistant general manager.
“Andrew did a wonderful job leading the club, and he will certainly be missed,” said Tigers owner/president Miles Prentice. “His contributions to the club have been invaluable, and we look forward to continuing the success he started for years to come.”
It was not an easy transition: the initial season attendance at Dodd Stadium was lower than some expected, as the market adjusted to the loss of the Connecticut Defenders (Class AA; Eastern League). However, the second year of NY-Penn League baseball in Norwich was considerably more successful, as the Tigers had the fourth greatest percentage increase for attendance in all of Minor League Baseball.
Besides overseeing the move to Dodd Stadium, Weber helped bring a 2010 NCAA Regional to Dodd Stadium and created the Eastern Connecticut Conference High School Baseball Game of the Week.
“This was a very difficult decision to make, but I knew it was time to take on new challenges professionally, and to start the next chapter of my life personally,” Weber said. “If I didn’t think that the club was being left in great hands with C.J. and Eric, I wouldn’t have made this decision. There is no doubt that the club will continue to grow and be a tremendous success in Connecticut.”
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