Wednesday, December 05, 2007

O'Conner elected president of minor leagues

Pat O'Conner, who once said Montgomery couldn't support a Class AA team, was elected president of Minor League Baseball today. O'Conner was the top aide to Mike Moore, who has been president of the mionrs since 1992, and will take over for Moore on Jan. 1.

O'Conner also ended one of Montgomery's flirtations with organized baseball in 2000. Montgomery was considering whether to go for a possible Class AA team or embrace a Class A team being offered to the city.

On June 21, 2000, O'Conner sent Mayor Bobby Bright a letter "unconditionally withdrawing" the offer. Wilmington, N.C., eventually landed the team, which later moved to Albany, Ga., and then to Columbus, Ga.

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