A week before the opening of the 2012 season, the Augusta GreenJackets will undergo a major change in their front office. General manager Nick Brown will leave the team by opening day, according to multiple sources, and newly hired assistant general manager Bob Flannery will take over.
Brown would not confirm or deny his eventual departure, but a representative from team owner Ripken Baseball said the club is planning to release a statement Thursday regarding a change in front office leadership, including Brown’s departure “to pursue other career opportunities.”
The team created an assistant general manager position earlier this year. Flannery, a front office executive with experience in minor league baseball and hockey, filled the new position and is expected to take over when Brown leaves.
Brown, named the South Atlantic League’s general manager of the year in 2010, was one of the few employees who remained after Ripken Baseball Group purchased the team before the 2006 season. This year would have been his ninth with the GreenJackets and eighth as general manager.
Flannery most recently worked in the American Hockey League as director of ticket sales for the Oklahoma City Barons. He also spent four years as a general manager in the South Atlantic League, working first with the Columbus RedStixx in 1999 and 2000 and later with the Hagerstown Suns 2009-10.
The 25th consecutive season of minor league baseball in Augusta will begin next week with a season-opening game on the road April 5. The home opener at Lake Olmstead Stadium is scheduled for Thursday, April 12.