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Prepping for 2014: Taylor GM for new El Paso team

Brad TaylorThe as-yet-unnamed Class AAA Pacific Coast League team in El Paso now has a general manager, as industry vet Brad Taylor was named to the post today.

Taylor is a familiar face in baseball circles. He most recently served as general manager and then president of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low Class A; Sally League). Prior to that, he spent nine seasons with the Trenton Thunder (Class AA; Eastern League), spending the last three seasons as general manager for the team.

“In Brad, we felt we found the perfect leader to launch El Paso’s Triple-A team into its first season,” said MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford. “Brad exhibits such passion for Minor League Baseball, and has been instrumental in the operations of very high quality teams across the country.”

“Brad immediately understood the fun, affordable, and family-friendly environment we are looking to offer as the El Paso Triple-A experience,” Ledford added. “He has a great philosophy and a proven track record of engaging fans with their team, and, in turn, engaging the team with the community. We know he will be a great fit for the team, and for El Paso.”

“I am humbled and awed to be a part of the El Paso Triple-A baseball team. El Paso’s first season will be my 20th year in baseball, and I am very excited to spend that landmark working with a great team in such an incredible community,” said Taylor. “I was not necessarily looking to leave Bowling Green – my wife and I agreed that El Paso would have to be a very special place for us to uproot our two sons and make such a life-altering move. It didn’t take very long for us to see what a fantastic community you have – wonderful, warm people, a great environment for families, and a palpable excitement for the growth and new things coming. Jennifer and I are really excited to be a part of that.”

Construction of a new downtown El Paso ballpark began this week, with the opening set for April 2014.

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