PRESS RELEASE – Fresh off their 5th anniversary season and fourth consecutive playoff appearance, the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have announced the appointment of Patrick Day as new general manager of the franchise. Day will focus on providing strategic direction and assist the Blue Crabs in maintaining their status as a community leader, as well as focus on the day-to-day operations of the ball club. Joel Seiden, who performed as general manager during the past season, will transition into a business development leadership role with the team, which is entering its 6th season in 2013.
Patrick Day is no stranger to Minor League baseball, previously spending the last six seasons as general manager of the Lansing Lugnuts baseball team, member of the Midwest League and current Class “A” affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays.
While in Lansing, Day oversaw the entire Lugnuts operation after his 2007 arrival to the team. The Lugnuts have ranked among the attendance leaders in minor-league baseball and have established themselves as a valued part of the Lansing community.
Day, 37, began his career with the Charleston Alley Cats of the Class “A” South Atlantic League, overseeing sales and marketing as the assistant general manager. He then moved into a similar role with the Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League, a franchise that twice claimed Baseball America’s Class “AA” franchise of the year award while he was there. Day’s most recent stint as a sports executive was with the Muskegon Lumberjacks, part of the United States Hockey League, as chief operating officer.
“Coming back to baseball is a true ‘welcome home’ for me and I’m hugely excited about the fact that our organization has the honor of hosting this year’s Atlantic League All-Star Game,” Day said. “I look forward to meeting many in the community and working with the existing staff to build on the momentum that has already been created in the previous five seasons.”
Day grew up in western Massachusetts, and attended Concord University in West Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications with a focus on public relations and advertising. He and his wife Erica have a 20-month-old daughter named Emerson.
“We are thrilled to introduce and welcome Patrick as the leader of our team,” said Jon Danos, President of Opening Day Partners, owner of the Blue Crabs. “We deeply value Patrick’s operating experience with minor league teams that are among the most successful in the country. He will pick up on the great job Joel has done and their combined skills will lead to lots of fun and value for Blue Crabs fans beginning with Opening Day on April 24th and highlighted by our 2012 All-Star Game celebration on July 9th and 10th.”
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, and play at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf, Maryland. The franchise will enter its 6th season in the spring of 2013, coming off the team’s fourth consecutive playoff appearance. The Blue Crabs and Regency Furniture Stadium will also host the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 10. Please call 301-638-9788 or visit http://www.somdbluecrabs.com for more information and to save your seat at the ballpark today!