|Pelicans Called “The Best”
2001 Groundskeeper of The Year Award
the award annually in appreciation of superior performance in maintaining the league’s playing surfaces. The clubs consider a long list of criteria in voting for the award.
Coakley’s former boss, Bill Butler, won the same award in 1999 when he held the head groundskeeper position with the Pelicans. Coakley took over the head job when Butler left the organization in October 2000. Coakley’s assistant Joshua Koss is in his first year in baseball.
positions with the Single-A Albany Polecats (now the Delmarva Shorebirds) and Piedmont Boll Weevils (now the Kannapolis Intimidators) of the South Atlantic League. Coakley graduated in ’94 from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. He and his fiancee Jennifer reside in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Baseball America‘s “Best Tools”
The recent edition of Baseball America, a leading publication on the world of baseball, featured the “Best Tools” for Major and Minor League Baseball. A handful of Myrtle Beach Pelicans, past and present were mentioned in the break down of the Carolina League.
The managers of the Carolina League’s eight teams voted for 20 categories in breaking down the league’s best and here are the Pelicans that made the list:
*Evert has been on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder since July 11.
**Cameron was traded to the Cleveland Indians organization on June 22.
***Betemit was promoted to Double-A Greenville on July 12.