Myrtle Beach Pelicans
|Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Founded in 1980
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Carolina League (1999–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Chicago Cubs (2015–present)|
|Minor league titles|
1999*, 2000*co-champions with Wilmington
|Division titles||1999, 2000, 2008|
|Nickname||Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1999–present)|
|Ballpark||TicketReturn.com Field (1999–present)|
|Myrtle Beach Pelicans LP|
|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.
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.
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. On December 21, 2012, the Pelicans hired Andy Milovich to become the club’s Vice President and General Manager.
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.
Notable former players
- Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers shortstop
- Joey Devine, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher
- Jeff Francoeur, San Diego Padres outfielder/pitcher
- Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves first baseman
- Rafael Furcal, Miami Marlins second baseman
- Marcus Giles, All Star second baseman
- Tommy Hanson, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher
- Matt Harrison, Texas Rangers starting pitcher
- Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves outfielder
- Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher
- Adam LaRoche, Washington Nationals first baseman
- Jason Marquis, San Diego Padres starting pitcher
- Brian McCann, New York Yankees catcher
- Kris Medlen, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher
- Brett Oberholtzer, Houston Astros starting pitcher
- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Miami Marlins catcher
- Adam Stern, Major League Baseball outfielder
- Jonny Venters, Atlanta Braves relief pitcher
- Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher
- Manny Acosta, New York Mets relief pitcher
- Mike Olt, Chicago Cubs third baseman
|Bruce Dal Canton||43||PC||1999-2007|
Myrtle Beach Pelicans roster
7-day disabled list
- "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.
- "Pelicans GM Brown leaving MB for Triple-A Charlotte". Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- "Pelicans name new GM, season opens April 4th". Grand Strand Sports Report. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- "Pelicans name Milovich Vice President and GM". Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
- "Myrtle Beach Pelicans to feature new voice on new home for radio". The Sun News. 2014-02-17.
- "Myrtle Beach Pelicans to make national TV debut Thursday on CBS Sports Network". The Sun News. 1 July 2014. Retrieved 1 July 2014.
- 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.
- "Myrtle Beach Pelicans change franchise affiliation to Chicago Cubs". WMBF-TV. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "Myrtle Beach Pelicans switching affiliation to Chicago Cubs". WBTW. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "Myrtle Beach Pelicans reach agreement to become Chicago Cubs affiliate". The Sun News. Retrieved 16 September 2014.