Revs front office undergoes realignment

Posted by on November 3, 2014 in Atlantic League news, Sugar Land Skeeters, York Revolution

The York Revolution announced staff promotions and a front-office realignment on Monday. Of the handful of moves, the most notable is assistant general manager for operations John Gibson being promoted to general manager, a title last held by Eric Menzer. Menzer is now just the team’s president (and part-owner).

Gibson has been with the Revolution since the team’s founding before the 2007 season. After beginning his time in York in a corporate sales position, he transitioned into the assistant general manager role before to the 2011 season, overseeing all marketing, facility maintenance and game operations for the organization. Gibson, in 2015, will begin his 12th season in the Atlantic League. He was also a sales rep with the Somerset Patriots for three seasons (2004-2006), and started his career in sales for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am Association in 2002.

Congrats to Gibson, who some call ‘Gibby.’ Like most folks in that front office, Gibson is hard working, passionate and down to earth. At least from what I’ve seen. Plus, no matter how tough situations get, Gibson has always kept a calm demeanor. He’s also known for being a passionate supporter of Penn State football, especially when Matt McGloin was quarterback – “he’s got moxy!”

Click here for the full rundown on the front office realignment.

Also, in case you missed it last week, the Atlantic League named the 2014 Pitcher of the Year (Lancaster’s Chris Schwinden) and Player of the Year (Long Island’s Lew Ford). Click here for those details.

Additionally, the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters announced last week that the Sugar Land City Council approved an ownership change on Oct. 28. Council’s action cleared the way for Houston-area residents Bob and Marcie Zlotnik, who have been one-third minority partners since the first season, to assume 100 percent ownership of SL Baseball, LLC. Per the press release, the City worked with ODP in 2010 to bring professional minor league baseball to Sugar Land. Though ODP will no longer own the SL Baseball, LLC affiliate, they will remain liable for all lease obligations with the City, according to the press release. Click here to read the full details. Given that I’m deep into covering local sports here in York (high school football), I have zero time to follow up on what exactly this ownership change means, as I’m curious to how ODP would still make money from the Skeeters if they no longer own the franchise but are liable for the lease obligations. Those are just a couple of the many questions I would have on this deal. This actually surprises me, too, considering ODP in recent years has been relinquishing ownership more and more of the northeast clubs as it made a push to expand the league in Texas. As a result, giving up ownership of the Skeeters doesn’t appear to make sense. Hopefully I catch a break between now and next spring training in April to follow up on this.

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