SALISBURY, Md. - The Delmarva Shorebirds, class "A" affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are pleased to announce the addition of two new front office staff members, Brandon Harms, Director of Ticket Sales and Joe Long, Box Office Manager & Account Executive. Both started with the Shorebirds in early November.
The Shorebirds also promoted two front office staff members from within. Mike Steinhice, formally a Ticket Sales Executive was promoted to Ticket Sales Manager, while Fred Schnarrs, the Shorebirds Box Office Manager last season, was promoted to Group Sales Manager.
The rest of the Shorebirds staff remains virtually unchanged including general manager Chris Bitters, who returns for his seventh season with the club. Eleven staff members from the 2012 season remain with the club for the 2013 season. The list of returning staff members includes Jimmy Sweet (Assistant General Manager), Shawn Schoolcraft (Director of Marketing and
Community Relations), Mike Steinhice (Ticket Sales Manager), Zac Penman (Ticket Sales Account Executive), Alyssa Gintant (Business Development Executive), Fred Schnarrs (Group Sales Manager), Gail Potts (Accounting Manager), Bret Lasky (Director of Broadcasting and Graphic Design), Aaron Becker (Director of Stadium Operations), Dave Super (Head Groundskeeper) and
Audrey Vane (Office & Gift Shop Manager).
"We're excited about adding Brandon and Joe because both come from strong Minor League Baseball backgrounds and therefore will fit in perfectly with our returning staff," said Bitters. "The majority of our staff members have been together for several seasons now and that bodes very well for a big 2013."
Harms will be responsible for the overall operation of the Shorebirds ticket department. He joined the Shorebirds after three seasons with the Birmingham Barons (Double-A affiliate, Chicago White Sox). He started with the Barons as a general intern in 2010 before getting a promotion to Ticket Manager in 2011, a position he held there for two seasons. Prior to his
time with the Barons, Harms held an internship with the North Shore Spirit, a former member of the Canadian American League. Harms graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008 with a degree in sport management.
"I'm extremely excited about joining the Shorebirds team," said Harms. "As someone who is new to the Eastern Shore, I can't wait to meet all of our fans as we strive to provide the best entertainment in the Delmarva area."
Long will be responsible for supervising the Shorebirds Box Office while also contributing to the overall ticket sales efforts of the team. He joins the Shorebirds staff after a season with the Akron Aeros (Double-A affiliate, Cleveland Indians). Long was a Ticket Sales Associate with the
Aeros and led the staff in total ticket sales in 2012. His baseball career started in 2003 as a batboy and visiting clubhouse attendant with the Columbus Clippers, a Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees at the time. Long graduated Cum Laude from the Ohio State University in 2011.
"I am proud to become the Box Office Manager for the Delmarva Shorebirds, knowing what it takes to succeed in the baseball industry will ultimately generate new and lasting relationships and business for not only for the Shorebirds but 7th Inning Stretch, LLC as well," said Long. "I am honored to join an elite staff who all value our loyal fans and share the same
passion that I have for the great game of baseball."
Harms and Long will join the Shorebirds staff in opening the 2013 season on April 4 at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium as the Shorebirds square off with the Hagerstown Suns. Ticket packages for the 2013 season are on sale now by calling (410) 219-3112.