We have a promotion to report: A.J.Grant is the new GM of the Bradenton Marauders (High Class A; Florida State League), with Trevor Gooby continuing to oversee all the Pirates’ Florida operations.
The news was announced by Dennis DaPra, executive vice resident and general manager of PNC Park and Facility Management.
“A.J. has a proven track record from his work managing the operations of the Pirate City training facility,” DaPra said. “New Spring Training and Marauders attendance records were set at McKechnie Field in 2013, and I know A.J.’s leadership will allow that growth to continue in 2014.”
“I’m excited for the opportunity to connect with our very passionate fans,” Grant said. “Our entire staff is hard at work planning our 2014 promotional schedule and getting ready for another great season.”
Grant inherits the daily responsibilities of the Marauders organization from Trevor Gooby, the Pirates’ senior director of Florida operations. Gooby will continue to oversee the overall operations of Pirate City, McKechnie Field, Pirates Spring Training, the Marauders, and the Pirates Dominican Academy.
“A.J. has been a key member of our Florida Operations since 2005,” Gooby said. “He is well prepared for this new role and the responsibilities it entails.”
Prior to coming to the Pirates, Grant spent two years with the Los Angeles Dodgers as Minor League Equipment Coordinator. He has also worked for the Arizona Fall League and the New York Mets. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of West Virginia with a degree in Sport Management.
Zach DeCicco has also been hired as Coordinator of McKechnie Field Operations. DeCicco, who worked with the team as a Florida Operations intern during the 2013 season, will assist Grant in all facets of operations. DeCicco is a recent graduate of Washington and Jefferson College.
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