Steve Gliner is now president of the Fort Myers Miracle (High Class A; Florida State League), while Andrew Seymour was promoted to the position of vice president/general manager, in moves announced by The Goldklang Group.
The 2012 season will mark Gliner’s 25th year in professional baseball, 23rd year with the Goldklang Group, and 9th year with the Miracle. Prior to Gliner’s arrival in Fort Myers in October, 2003, he worked for the Albany-Colonie Yankees (Class AA; Eastern League) from 1988-89, the Charleston Rainbows (Low Class A; Sally League) from 1990-1993, and the Hudson Valley Renegades (short season A; NY-Penn League) from 1994-2003, where he was General Manager from 1999-2003.
In 2008, Gliner was named the Florida State League Executive of the Year. Under Gliner’s leadership, the Miracle have been nominated for league awards seven years in a row, including the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy for overall team operations in 2005, 2006 and 2010, and the Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy for excellence in team promotions for five years in a row, including 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
“Steve has been a tremendous asset to our organization for over twenty years,” said Marv Goldklang, Miracle Chairman and principal owner. “He is the model of professionalism and loyalty, and has further helped to establish the Miracle as a first-rate franchise. Andrew has long been preparing for this role, and as he assumes the GM duties from Steve we anticipate a seamless transition. This is certainly an exciting time for our ball club in Fort Myers.”
Seymour has been a fixture with the Miracle for nearly 15 years. He began as an intern and then from 1996-2007 was Assistant General Manager/Promotions Director. The Toronto native has also filled the role of General Manager of the Vancouver Canadians (short season A; Northwest League) and Vice President with the Grand Prairie AirHogs (independent; American Association). He was named the 2009 Northwest League Executive of the Year as the Canadians set an all-time attendance record under his leadership that year.
“I have known Andrew for a long time, and we have worked together for many years,” said Gliner, who spent the previous eight years as the Miracle’s General Manager. “I am pleased to be able to turn over the day-to-day operational responsibilities to him. Andrew has had a major impact on the long-term success of the Miracle, and he is definitely deserving of this opportunity. Along with our entire staff, we will continue to work hard to be a strong community partner, and to provide a high quality fan experience at Hammond Stadium for all of our games and special events.”
“I am very excited for this opportunity. I can’t say enough about the gratitude I have for Steve (Gliner) and the Goldklang Group. We have a fantastic staff here in Fort Myers and we will continue to be a strong presence in the Southwest Florida community while providing family, fun, and affordable entertainment,” said Seymour.
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