GreenJackets make change in front office

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An official change of leadership came Thursday from the Augusta GreenJackets when the team announced the simultaneous departure of general manager Nick Brown and hiring of Bob Flannery to take his place.

A statement released by the team introduced Flannery as the Single-A minor league baseball team’s new leader just one week before opening day.

“I’m excited to be getting back into minor league baseball in a great market like Augusta and in the South Atlantic League – a league with which I’m already familiar,” Flanner said in the statement. “I can assure the baseball fans of Augusta that they can expect the same quality product under my leadership that the GreenJackets have provided the CSRA for 25 years.”

While Brown has officially stepped down from his post “to pursue other career opportunities,” the statement said he will still serve as a consultant for the Ripken Baseball-owned team.

“After many conversations with family and advisors, I came to the conclusion that it was time for me to move on and to further my career,” Brown said in the statement. “The decision was not easy for me to make as the Ripken family has done so much for me.”

Flannery worked previously as a minor league baseball general manager for four seasons in the South Atlantic League. He led the Columbus Red Stixx for two years and the Hagerstown Suns during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

The statement said he generated a franchise record number of sellouts in his first season in Hagerstown.

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.

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