The Atlantic League has a new president.
The league, which includes the York Revolution, announced Tuesday that Rick White, a former Major League Baseball executive, will lead the independent minor league.
In his role, White will supervise all league business affairs. White was chosen following a nation-wide search conducted by the league's search committee, which was led by Jon Danos and included other league directors Peter Kirk, Seth Waugh, Josh Kalafer and Frank Boulton.
White was an executive at MLB for more than 15 years, serving as president and chief executive officer of MLB Properties, which oversaw trademark licensing, corporate marketing, publishing, international and special events. White originated sports' first head-to-toe authentic fan apparel ("Diamond Collection"), pioneered vintage products ("Cooperstown Collection"), created sports fan festivals ("All-Star FanFest") and launched MLB Clubhouse Shops.
White has held executive leadership positions at Nike, Imperial Headwear and Reed Exhibitions and has advised a variety of lifestyle, sports and collegiate clients on licensing and merchandising matters.
"We are very excited Rick has accepted our offer to become president of the Atlantic League," Danos said. "The ambitious business plan we adopted last summer necessitates a full-time, experienced executive to lead us during the next phase of our dynamic growth. I know I speak for the members of the search committee and all ownership in the (Atlantic League) when I say that we look forward to working with Rick as we build a bigger, better Atlantic League."
"I am honored to join the Atlantic League at this pivotal stage of its evolution," White said. "The league provides an exceptional platform for business and baseball development. It is exciting to work with visionary founders who have created a forward-thinking league model that occupies a notable place in professional sports."
White will serve as the face and voice of the league. In collaboration with the Atlantic League Board of Directors and long-time Executive Director Joe Klein, who directs baseball operations, White will implement the league's strategic plan, including future expansion.
White, his wife, Lynne Cribari, and their daughter, Madison, reside in Denver, Colo.
At noon Friday, White will participate in a live Facebook chat with fans. The chat will be hosted at Facebook.com/AtlanticLeague.
Ex-NBA star Tracy McGrady will try to pitch for Sugar Land Skeeters: Retired seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady plans to try pitching for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League.
A statement from the team says that it is a "lifelong dream" of McGrady's to play baseball. It also says that the 6-foot-8 McGrady has "demonstrated skill, determination and diligence during his training program." The team says it looks forward to monitoring his progress in a new sport.
The 34-year-old McGrady played for several NBA teams, including the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic. He last played in the 2011-12 season. The Skeeters last made national headlines when Roger Clemens pitched two games for them in 2012 at age 50.