November 30, 2012 - International League (IL) - Charlotte Knights
(Fort Mill, SC) - Earlier today at press conference held at the BB&T Ballpark site, the Charlotte Knights announced that Dan Rajkowski, the team's Vice President/General Manager since 2006, was elevated to the club's Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer. In conjunction with that announcement, the Knights announced the hiring of Scott Brown as the team's new General Manager of Baseball Operations. Brown, who spent the last three seasons as the General Manager of the Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, was recently named as the winner of the 2012 Calvin Falwell Executive of the Year Award in the Carolina League.
"We are extremely excited to add Scott to our team as we build the Knights for the future," stated Rajkowski. "Scott has a tremendous track record in baseball and we look forward to him leading our staff and franchise."
A native of Baltimore, MD, Brown joined Myrtle Beach in March of 2010. Before his time with the Pelicans, he spent five years as the General Manager of the Double-A Binghamton Mets. During his tenure as Binghamton's GM, the Mets featured both the second-largest season attendance in team history (2007) and the second-best five-year composite attendance in team history, trailing only the club's initial five seasons in the mid-1990s.
In 2005, Brown was named as both the Eastern League Executive of the Year and the New York Mets Minor League Executive of the Year. He also won Mets Minor League honors after the 2007 season. The 2013 season will mark the 32nd season of working in professional baseball for Brown at both the major and minor league levels.
"I'm extremely honored to join one of the premier franchises in Minor League Baseball in one of America's most vibrant metropolitan areas," said Brown. "The Knights have assembled a top notch front office team that will grow as we commemorate the final season at Knights Stadium and transition into the gorgeous new BB&T Ballpark. We all look forward to bringing the best in family affordable entertainment to the Queen City for many years to come."
Rajkowski recently completed his seventh season with the Knights and 27th overall in professional baseball. Under his guidance over two million fans have passed through the gates of Knights Stadium. He has also played a very influential role in moving the Knights from Fort Mill, SC to Charlotte, NC, which will take place after the 2013 season.
In his new role, Rajkowski will focus his efforts on the concentration of BB&T Ballpark and all facets leading up to the opening in 2014.
Rajkowski has operated clubs at all classifications of Minor League Baseball and has been honored with numerous awards over his career. He was named the Southern League's Executive of the Year in 1997. In 2000, he was the recipient of the highly coveted Larry McPhail Promotional Award for Minor League Baseball and was elected to the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame. One year later, he received the Bobby Mattick Award for dedication and excellence in the field of player development while he was with the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
The Charlotte Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. 2013 Season Tickets are currently available by calling the Charlotte Knights at 704-357-8071 ext. 2106. Knights Baseball. Tradition Never Ends.