Myrtle Beach Pelicans

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Founded in 1980
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
MyrtleBeachPelicansLogo.PNG MyrtleBeachPelicansCapLogo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Advanced-A (1999–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Carolina League (1999–present)
Division Southern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Chicago Cubs (2015–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles

1999*, 2000

*co-champions with Wilmington
Division titles 1999, 2000, 2008
Team data
Nickname Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1999–present)
Previous names
  • Danville 97s (1998)
  • Durham Bulls (1980–1997)
Ballpark TicketReturn.com Field (1999–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans LP
Manager Joe Mikulik
General manager Andy Milovich (also clubs Vice President)
Media Radio/Media Relations: Nathan Barnett

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are a minor league baseball team in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. They are a Class A-Advanced team in the Carolina League and the franchise is the farm team of the Chicago Cubs beginning with the 2015 season. From their inaugural season until 2010, the Pelicans were an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, and from 2011 until 2014 they were an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Pelicans play home games at TicketReturn.Com Field, which opened in 1999 and seats up to 6,599 fans.

Team history[edit]

Previously, this franchise was known as the Durham Bulls, which relocated following the 1997 season as a result of the expansion of the AAA International League into Durham, North Carolina and the assumption of the "Bulls" name by the new franchise. It spent the 1998 season in Danville, Virginia as the 97s while awaiting a move to Myrtle Beach as their new stadium, Coastal Federal Field, was still under construction.

In 1999, the team advanced to the 1999 Carolina League Mills Cup Championship series. The series, against the Wilmington Blue Rocks, was tied, 2–2, with Game 5 of 5 set for Myrtle Beach when the series was cancelled because of Hurricane Floyd.

The Pelicans play their home games at BB&T Coastal Field, a family friendly ballpark with a Speed Pitch, Obstacle Course, and Moon Bounce on the concourse. In 2004, Baseball America rated Coastal Federal Field as the #2 Class-A level ballpark in the United States. The current manager of the Pelicans is former big leaguer Jason Wood.

In early 2006, Capitol Broadcasting Company announced plans to sell the Pelicans. The current owner is Myrtle Beach Pelicans LP, a group led by lawyer Chuck Greenberg.[1]

Myrtle Beach won both the first and second-half Southern Division titles in 2008 under Rocket Wheeler, who was named Carolina League Manager of the Year. The following season, current Atlanta Braves RF Jason Heyward played over half the year in Myrtle Beach en route to being named Baseball America's 2009 Minor League Player of the Year.

On November 20, 2012, general manager Scott Brown left to join the Triple-A Charlotte Knights of the International League.[2] On December 21, 2012, the Pelicans hired Andy Milovich to become the club’s Vice President and General Manager.[3][4]

In 2014, WRNN (AM) became the Pelicans' new radio home, with the teams' new media relations manager Nathan Barnett calling the games.[5]

On July 3, 2014, the Pelicans home game with the Winston-Salem Dash was broadcast on the CBS Sports Network, the first time the Pelicans were on live national television.[6][7]

It was announced on September 16, 2014, that the Myrtle Beach Pelicans have reached an agreement on a player development contract with the Chicago Cubs, that will begin in the 2015 season. The agreement will make the Pelicans the Advanced Class-A affiliate of the Cubs for the next two seasons.[8][9][10]

Notable former players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Player Number Position Seasons
Rafael Furcal 2 SS 1999-00
Bruce Dal Canton 43 PC 1999-2007

[citation needed]

Roster[edit]

Myrtle Beach Pelicans roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 33 Justin Amlung
  • -- Marcelo Carreno
  • 30 Gerardo Concepción
  • 35 Nathan Dorris
  • -- Eduardo Figueroa
  • 52 Zack Godley
  • 17 Michael Jensen
  • 48 Austin Kirk
  • 50 Juan Paniagua
  • 27 Stephen Perakslis
  • 44 Starling Peralta
  • -- Anthony Prieto
  • -- Austin Reed
  • 29 Jose Rosario
  • 21 Taylor Scott
  • 49 Tyler Skulina
  • 40 Yao-Lin Wang
  • 34 Rob Zastryzny

Catchers

  •  6 Ben Carhart
  •  5 Wilson Contreras
  • 18 Nathan Maldonado

Infielders

  • 13 Gioskar Amaya
  •  8 Wes Darvill
  • 32 Jordan Hankins
  • 11 Marco Hernandez
  • 99 Rock Shoulders
  •  4 Dan Vogelbach

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Chicago Cubs 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated October 1, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Chicago Cubs minor league players

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chuck Greenberg: Chairman & Managing Partner". Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Retrieved January 24, 2010. Chuck Greenberg assumed the role of President & Managing Partner of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on May 31, 2006 after his ownership group purchased the club from Capitol Broadcasting Company. On January 14, 2009 Chuck assumed the role of Chairman & Managing Partner when the organization announced Todd Parnell as President. 
  2. ^ "Pelicans GM Brown leaving MB for Triple-A Charlotte". Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Pelicans name new GM, season opens April 4th". Grand Strand Sports Report. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Pelicans name Milovich Vice President and GM". Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Myrtle Beach Pelicans to feature new voice on new home for radio". The Sun News. 2014-02-17. 
  6. ^ "Myrtle Beach Pelicans to make national TV debut Thursday on CBS Sports Network". The Sun News. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Barnett, Nathan (30 June 2014). "Pelicans game to be broadcast on CBS Sports Network on July 3". Myrtle Beach Pelicans Official Website. Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Myrtle Beach Pelicans change franchise affiliation to Chicago Cubs". WMBF-TV. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Myrtle Beach Pelicans switching affiliation to Chicago Cubs". WBTW. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Myrtle Beach Pelicans reach agreement to become Chicago Cubs affiliate". The Sun News. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 

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