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Q&A with SAL president Eric Krupa03/19/2008 10:00 AM ET
By Evan Jacobson / Special to MLB.com
Eric Krupa is entering his first season as the South Atlantic League president, having served as Minor League Baseball's director of business and finance since 1997. He began his career in sports working at Disney's Wide World of Sports in finance and operations. He spent the 1995 season with the Reading Phillies of the Eastern League as visiting clubhouse manager.
Where will you be on Opening Day?
I haven't figured it out quite yet. Possibly Greenville, and that's not a sure thing. I will definitely be at a game on Opening Day.
What are you most looking forward to in the 2008 season?
No rainouts, no snowouts (laughs). I wish for a lot of well-played games, tempers under control, cooperation from the weather and a lot of happy fans.
What is one little-known fact about being a league president?
Since this is my first year, I'll give you the obvious answer: There is no manual for this position. I've been calling on all of the other league presidents for advice and help. In my 10 years in the Minor League office, I have built relationships with each of them.
What would you be doing if you didn't work in baseball?
Somewhere else in sports for sure. I have a master's in sports administration and facility management. I would probably be involved with football or NASCAR.
What's your favorite Minor League promotion?
The Altoona Curve's Awful Night, one through five. Every year they seem to outdo themselves.
What is your favorite Minor League memory?
Al Nipper blaming me for ruining his BP (batting practice) tops.
Have you ever witnessed a no-hitter? If so ... when and where?
If I were a Minor League mascot, I would be...
Screwball (Reading Phillies mascot).
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