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||Texas Rangers (2011–present)|
|Previous||Atlanta Braves (1999–2010)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1999*, 2000|
|Division titles||1999, 2000, 2008|
|Nickname||Myrtle Beach Pelicans (1999–present)|
Danville 97s (1998)
|Ballpark||TicketReturn.com Field (1999–present)|
American Legion Field (1998)
|Myrtle Beach Pelicans LP|
|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.
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.
Notable former players
- Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers shortstop
- Joey Devine, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher
- Jeff Francoeur, Kansas City Royals outfielder
- 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
- 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
Myrtle Beach Pelicans roster
- "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.
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