Myrtle Beach Pelicans

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Founded in 1980
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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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 Texas Rangers (2011–present)
Previous Atlanta Braves (1999–2010)
Minor league titles
League titles 1999*, 2000
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

American Legion Field (1998)

Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans LP
Manager Joe Mikulik
General manager Andy Milovich (also clubs Vice President)

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 currently the farm team of the Texas Rangers. From their inaugural season until 2010, the Pelicans were an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The Pelicans play home games at TicketReturn.com Field, which opened in 1999 and seats up to 6,600 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]

Notable former players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

Player Number Position Seasons
Rafael Furcal 2 SS 1999-00

[citation needed]

Roster[edit]

Myrtle Beach Pelicans roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 17 Chad Bell
  • 29 Ryan Bores
  • 16 Cody Buckel
  • 28 Abel de los Santos
  •  9 Cody Ege
  • 39 Andrew Faulkner
  •  3 Chad James
  • 23 Cody Kendall Injury icon 2.svg
  • 33 Jason Knapp Injury icon 2.svg
  • 38 Jose Leclerc
  • 12 Josh McElwee
  • 40 Luis Parra
  • 30 Kevin Pucetas
  • 45 Victor Payano
  • 47 Justin Sprenger
  • 19 Sam Stafford Injury icon 2.svg
  • 22 Sam Wolff Injury icon 2.svg

Catchers

Infielders

  • 15 Preston Beck
  • 11 Christopher Bostick
  • 10 Edwin Garcia
  • 20 Luis Mendez
  • 37 Kevin Torres
  • 21 Nick Vickerson

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 18, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Texas Rangers minor league players

See also[edit]

External links[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.