FORT MYERS, Fla. (September 28, 2017) - The Fort Myers Miracle, Advanced-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, are pleased to announce their 2018 Florida State League Schedule. In addition to the schedule, the Miracle and SJS Beacon Baseball LLC announce the hiring of Chris Peters as General Manager. Peters replaces Andrew Seymour after seven years in Fort Myers. Seymour left the organization after the 2017 Playoffs to become the General Manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals, Advanced-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Today is an exciting day for Miracle Baseball," said Miracle principal owner Jason Hochberg. "We're excited to announce a banner schedule for the 2018 season and the addition of Chris Peters to the front office staff. Chris is a Florida guy and he is going to be a big hit with the Southwest Florida community, our fans and the Twins."
Highlights of the 2018 season include a "double Home Opener with FIREWORKS" on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6, the return of FIREWORKS Fridays (10 shows) and Independence FIREWORKS on Wednesday, July 4. The daily breakdown is nine Sunday games, nine Monday games, ten Tuesday games, eleven Wednesday games, ten Thursday games, eleven Friday games and ten Saturday games.
Chris comes to the Miracle from the New Orleans Baby Cakes, Triple-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins in the Pacific Coast League, where he served as Director of Sales. This is a homecoming to Fort Myers of sorts for Peters as he was the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at Hammond Stadium in 2007.
"I would like to thank Jason Hochberg and the Fort Myers Miracle for this amazing opportunity," said new Miracle General Manager Chris Peters. "I was born and raised in Florida, attended the University of Florida and Southwest Florida is where I want to raise my family. I cannot wait to meet all of the great Miracle season ticket holders, game day employees and fans along with the Minnesota Twins front office staff and Lee County officials. We are going to hit the ground running and 2018 will be our best season in franchise history."
After his time in Fort Myers, Chris worked for the Jacksonville Suns, Double-A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins in the Southern League, from 2007-2015. He was General Manager of the Suns from 2011-2015. During his time in Jacksonville, Chris was the Chairman of the Southern League Marketing Committee and voted Jimmy Bragan Southern League Executive of the Year in 2014.
Peters is a born in Clearwater, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and a Master's Degree in Sport Management. Chris will reside in Fort Myers with his wife Sandy, who had a brief stint as a concessions employee with the Miracle in 2007, and their two daughters.
Chris is available for comment. Media inquiries can be submitted directly to him via email at email@example.com or by calling (239) 533-7673.
Since moving to Fort Myers in 1992, the Miracle have qualified for the Florida State League Playoffs nine times and won the Florida State League Championship in 2014. Home games are played at Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex. The Miracle season begins in April and ends in September with Opening Day of the 2018 season set for Thursday, April 5. To stay up to date, follow the Miracle online at Miraclebaseball.com or through social media; Twitter: @MiracleBaseball, Instagram: fortmyersmiracle, Facebook: Fort Myers Miracle, Snapchat: ftmyersmiracle. For further information or questions, call the Miracle front office at (239) 768-4210.
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