Mayor Williams Welcomes Blue Rocks New Team Manager to Wilmington


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Mayor Dennis P. Williams joined by Wilmington Blue Rocks General Manager, Chris Kemple, and the Kansas City Royals Director of Minor League Operations, Ronnie Richardson, welcomed the Blue Rocks new team manager, Brian Buchanan, to Frawley Stadium and the City of Wilmington.

“The Wilmington Blue Rocks have a rich tradition here in Wilmington, and the fan base only continues to grow with the addition of new entertainment and dining options along the Riverfront,” said Mayor Williams. “As the team helped develop Major League stars like Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Mike Sweeney, I’m excited to welcome Mr. Buchanan to the Blue Rocks organization, where he will hopefully build upon the team’s great legacy.”

Buchanan will serve as the Blue Rocks’ 13th manager in the modern history of the organization. Prior to joining Wilmington’s Carolina league team, Buchanan spent the previous three seasons managing the Kansas City Royals’ Low-A affiliate, and also brings professional experience with seven seasons at the Major League level.

“Our biggest goal is to just make sure the players are doing it the right way. I want them to play hard, I want them to just compete, that’s the only thing. Win or lose, if you go out and compete for the season or for that at-bat or for that pitch, that’s the name of the game; being competitive and competing. That’s all we can ask for,” said Buchanan.

Last year, the Blue Rocks drew 284,701 to Frawley Stadium and averaged more than 4,400 patrons per game. The team will kick off the 2015 season on April 9th in Myrtle Beach, but will host the home opener on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:35 p.m.

The Blue Rocks, who drew 284,701 fans to Frawley Stadium in 2014 and averaged more than 4,400 patrons per game, have now to watch Buchanan’s team play. The home opener is Thursday, April 16 at 6:35 p.m.

For information regarding season seats, group packages or individual tickets, fans should call 302-888-BLUE or visit Tickets for the 2015 season go on sale on Presidents Day.

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