We have some personnel notes to pass along: Adam Lorber is leaving the Camden Riversharks (independent; Atlantic League) for the Lakewood BlueClaws (Low Class A; Sally League), and Brad Tammen is leaving the Nashville Sounds (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League).
Bringing pro baseball to a a blighted neighborhood is always a huge challenge, but the Riversharks were always a credible presence at Campbell’s Field. Lorber, president and GM of the Riversharks, says he’s accepting a similar position with the BlueClaws as Chief Operating & Revenue Officer.
Tammen has been with the Sounds as GM after taking the post in September 2010.
“During my 25 years in baseball and specifically the last five years with the Nashville Sounds, I am proud of what we have accomplished in this world class city,” Tammen said in a press release. “We have developed an outstanding program with the support and commitment of great fans, sponsors, players, management and ownership.”
“I thank Brad for his contributions to the Sounds over the past five season,” said Frank Ward, Sounds owner. “He has been an integral part of the past and current success of the franchise, and I wish him nothing but success in whatever he chooses to do.”
It is an interesting time to step aside: the team is moving from Greer Stadium to First Tennessee Park in 2015.
A few other personnel notes:
- Keith Winter, head groundskeeper for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, along with assistant groundskeeper, Andrew Burnette, have been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Midwest League Sports Turf Manager/Grounds Crew of the Year Award. This is the fifth consecutive year that Parkview Field, Fort Wayne, Indiana has been recognized for providing a first-rate playing surface.
- Jacksonville Suns general manager Chris Peters has been named the 2014 Southern League Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year. This season the Suns saw an increase in attendance by over 5,000 fans to a yearly total of 300,538. Peters, the chairman of the Southern League marketing committee, also negotiated a sponsorship deal with BC Powder, benefitting all teams in the league.
- John Brandeburg has passed away. Brandeburg was a founder of the Leesburg Lightning (summer collegiate; Florida Collegiate Summer League) and set up shop at one of the more scenic ballparks in the summer-collegiate world, Pat Thomas Stadium.
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