Call it a step in evolution.
At least that's how York Revolution president and general manager Eric Menzer put it.
The Revolution announced Tuesday that Shipley Energy chief executive officer Bill Shipley has been named the new chairman of the franchise's board of directors.
In addition, the club announced that Menzer and Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson have been elected to the board.
Shipley will take over for Peter Kirk, who has served as the board's chairman since the inception of the York franchise in 2007.
"Peter was the point person with the development of minor league baseball in York, going back years ago," Menzer said. "He's been the point person for Opening Day Partners here in York. He spearheaded the York project. This is sort of a passing of the torch."
Opening Day Partners owns five of the eight teams in the Atlantic League, including York. It was ODP that was largely responsible for building the foundation of the franchise. Now, Menzer said the club is focusing on long-term success by expanding its reach within the York community.
"Obviously winning baseball games is important and winning more championships is important, but it's not the only factor for long-term success in the community," Menzer said. "Bill (Shipley) has longtime roots in this community. His business knowledge is a real asset."
A fourth-generation family businessman, Shipley joined the baseball team's owning partnership last year, joining a group of owners that includes Menzer and Kirk.
Shipley could not be reached for comment but said in a news release: "My interest in being an owner of the Revolution stemmed from my interest in the role they play in our community. It has become clear to me that there is enormous potential for the Revolution to become a premier franchise in all of minor league baseball. That is exciting to be involved in."
In addition to Shipley, Menzer and Robinson, the board also includes Kirk and Jon Danos, who is the president and chief operating officer of ODP. Menzer said the board meets quarterly and makes decisions that impact the club over the long term.
"We decide to how to invest money in upgrades of the stadium. We make significant business decisions regarding our business partners and sponsorships. We agree on what sales emphasis we should have and that sort of thing," Menzer said.
The financial details of the front-office moves were not released.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.