BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Buck Rogers, the current general manager of the Huntsville (Ala.) Stars, will the GM when the Stars move to Biloxi for the 2015 season.
The Biloxi team made the announcement Tuesday.
Rogers said he'll be able to juggle his job as the new Biloxi general manager while still in that role in Huntsville because of the support he has in Alabama.
Rogers, 54, is a native of Wisconsin but is familiar with the Mississippi coast. His wife, Babs, is a native of Gulfport and graduated from Harrison Central High School. He said they met in Biloxi in 1986.
The city of Biloxi is building the team a $36 million stadium across from the Beau Rivage Resort.
Rogers said he will spend much of the summer in Biloxi, assembling a staff and preparing for the move.
"We're going to make it the best experience you can have at a minor league game," he said.
Rogers, who was a member of the 82nd Airborne, started his professional baseball career as an employee of the now-defunct Cape Fear (N.C.) Crocs of the South Atlantic League. Rogers also worked with the Daytona (Fla.) Cubs and the Brevard County (Fla.) Manatees. He joined the Huntsville team in 2009.
The Biloxi team still doesn't have a name.
Owner Ken Young, who also owns the Huntsville team, said that a naming contest for the Biloxi team will begin in the next 10 days.
"Once we start the process, people will be able to send the name into a web site and then we'll compile those names," Young said. "We'll bring it down to a final five, which people will be able to vote on again. We don't have a time frame to announce a name at this point."