GreenJacket GM leaving team

Nick Brown was league GM of the Year in 2010

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 3:09 PM
Last updated Thursday, March 29, 2012 1:32 AM
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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.

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JohnnyChimp
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JohnnyChimp 03/28/12 - 03:30 pm
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Something is fishy about

Something is fishy about this! Executive of the year a season ago and now he's leaving to "pursue other career opportunities" but doesn't say where? I wouldn't trust those Ripken folks!

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Little Lamb 03/28/12 - 03:30 pm
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He would have kept his job if

He would have kept his job if he had been able to convice commissioners to build a taxpayer financed ballpark on Reynolds St. and given Riverfront LLC the parking concession.

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Jilly Bean 03/28/12 - 10:50 pm
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So he left because he couldnt

So he left because he couldnt get a new baseball stadium?

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sawrigh2 03/28/12 - 11:05 pm
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this has nothing to do with

this has nothing to do with the new stadium....he has no power what so ever in the stadium issue. However, according to my sources...Advertising sales are way down, there is discontent between Ripken's front office and the greenjacket's, and if you aren't a YES MAN in ripken's office, you get canned, and you can only say YES enough to save your job until you have to do what is right and say No, but once you say no, look for another job.

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