John Cook is stepping down from his post as Minor League Baseball's vice president of business operations to return to his Alabama roots, joining the Double-A Birmingham Barons as the club's new director of sales.
Cook, 39, spent six years at Minor League Baseball headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla. He had previously worked as general manager for high Class A Clearwater. Cook is a 1996 graduate of the University of Alabama.
“John has been instrumental in the development of Minor League Baseball. Through John’s leadership and guidance, our staff has performed at an extremely high level to advance the Minor League Baseball brand and our many initiatives," MILB president Pat O'Conner said. "I appreciate John’s loyalty and dedication for Minor League Baseball and my administration. We will miss his influence in St. Petersburg, but know he will bring a wealth of experience to the Barons’ operation.”
Also joining Birmingham are Demetrius Hubbard as a marketing assistant; Craig Spillman, as director of concessions; Brandon Harms, as tickets manager; Charlie Santiago, who takes on a new role with team as corporate event planner.