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Q&A with FSL president Chuck Murphy03/25/2008 9:35 AM ET
By Evan Jacobson / Special to MLB.com
Chuck Murphy has been the president of the Florida State League since 1990, making this upcoming season his 19th at the helm of the FSL. Murphy sat down for a few questions from MiLB.com, from his office at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona, Fla.
Where will you be on Opening Day?
I don't know really. I might try to get over to Clearwater, the league champions, this year. I always try to be at the opener of the team that won last year's championship.
What are you most looking forward to in the 2008 season?
We have a good season with the weather helping us out, no hurricanes with the Florida weather. Also, I hope that all the clubs have a good year attendance-wise.
What is one little-known fact about being a league president?
People don't realize the scope of a league president's responsibility. There is a lot to do to get the season started. Once the season starts, it slows down a little bit but not too much. People don't realize how much work the league president has on his plate.
5. What is your favorite part about being league president?
Getting a chance to visit the clubs and see what they're doing. Seeing young executives move up and get promoted to higher levels. We are like a family in the league. We talk a lot and exchange ideas.
What would you be doing if you didn't work in baseball?
I don't know. I spent 21 years in the military and have been in baseball since then. I might be retired.
What's your favorite Minor League promotion?
What comes to mind right away is the Daytona Cubs. Every Monday they have a belly buster promotion. You pay $10 for your ticket and you are able to eat and drink all you want. It is a great promotion. Lots of families come out and it is one of their biggest nights every homestand.
What is your favorite Minor League memory?
I had a great time as a general manager of the Evansville Triplets with Jim Leyland as the manager of the club. We won an American Association championship in 1979. We had a lot of fun and a lot of those guys went on to help the Detroit Tigers win the 1984 World Series.
Have you ever witnessed a no-hitter? If so...when and where?
Two of them right here in Daytona when Kerry Wood was here in 1996. They weren't complete games because he was on a pitch count. He tossed eight no-hit innings (on July 28) and seven (Aug. 24) a month later in what were combined no-hitters.
If I were a Minor League mascot, I would be...
Cubby in Daytona.
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