Carolina League honors Keys' Preseren

General manager named Executive of the Year

Minor-league notebook

November 07, 1999|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Frederick Keys general manager Joe Preseren has been named the Carolina League Executive of the Year by the league's executives, directors and field managers.

During Preseren's tenure, the Keys have become a far-reaching draw that was ranked first by Street and Smith's Business Journal for fan support among top Single-A teams. This season, the Keys led the league in average attendance and attracted 313,603, including a last-day crowd of 10,848, second-highest ever.

"I accept the award on behalf of the fans who continue to support the Keys in outstanding numbers," he said. "I would also like to thank our front office staff and all Keys employees who put in the long hours to make us successful."

Preseren was previously named Texas League Executive of the Year and Double-A Executive of the Year.

Suns, Jays together in 200

The Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League have extended their player development contract with the Toronto Blue Jays through 2000.

"The talent that we have seen during our 13-year relationship with Toronto has been quite impressive," said owner Winston Blenckstone. "The Blue Jays' emphasis on player development is a model used by many other major-league organizations."

The Suns are 165-116 the past two seasons with consecutive appearances in the league playoffs.

Kirk eyes Triple-A

Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership chief executive Peter Kirk is eagerly awaiting the winter meetings.

"Nothing much is happening right now," he said. "We're going to see what happens with Charlotte, whether it becomes a major-league city, before we can do anything about trying to get a Triple-A franchise."

If a big-league franchise relocates to Charlotte, N.C., Kirk has an agreement to have first chance at the Triple-A team now located there. His plan is to install it in Bowie and seek an Eastern League team in York, Pa.

Shorebirds hire

The Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds have named Justin Decremer director of public relations. He will also work in group sales.

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