FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2017
Contact: Josh Owens
BLUE CRABS NAME GARY BROWN AS HITTING COACH
Gary Brown Named to Coaching Staff as Player/Coach for 2017
(Waldorf, MD., May 24, 2017) – The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced Wednesday that utility man Gary Brown was promoted to player/coach, and will serve as the hitting coach for the remainder of the team’s 10th anniversary season.
“We are honored to have Gary join the coaching staff here in Southern Maryland. He has been great in his time here both with what he provides on the field, as well as serving as an ambassador for the club in the clubhouse and in the community,” said Blue Crabs General Manager Courtney Knichel.
Brown joined the Blue Crabs in the 2016 season. He began the season primarily playing center field, but also made appearances at second base during the season. Brown hit towards the top of the lineup most of the season, hitting .249, with 10 HR, 40 RBI’s, and 21 stolen bases. Brown resigned with the Blue Crabs for their 10th anniversary season on February 2, 2017. This season, Brown has served as the leadoff man in all 30 of his starts. He is currently leading the team in batting average (.305), hits (36), stolen bases (12), and is tied for the team lead in triples (1).
“We are excited to add Gary to our staff. He has expressed interest in pursuing a coaching career after his playing days, so this is a good first step for him, and we believe it will benefit both him and the club,” said Field Manager John Harris.
Before joining Southern Maryland, Brown spent six seasons playing in affiliated baseball. He was originally a first-round draft pick by the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 MLB Draft out of Cal State Fullerton. Brown spent five seasons in the Giants organization, reaching the MLB in 2014, playing in seven games for the Giants. To this point, Brown is a career .270 hitter, with 65 HR and 340 RBI’s over eight professional seasons.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue my work with the Blue Crabs,” said Brown. “I’m happy to further help my team win in every way possible for the remainder of this season and beyond.”
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