Minor League Baseball director of media relations Jim Ferguson is stepping down after 50 years in professional baseball.
Ferguson’s career began in the Reds’ media relations department in 1972 before he left Cincinnati for the Padres in 1991. Fergie joined Minor League Baseball in 1995 and has long been considered an approachable and helpful member of the industry as it experienced the biggest growth in the sport’s history.
Ferguson also served a sportswriter for the Dayton Daily News and covered the Reds for 14 years before joining their staff.
"I want to thank Jim Ferguson for his years of service to professional baseball, but especially Minor League Baseball and our staff in St. Petersburg,” said Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner. “A 50-year career in this sport just doesn’t happen.
“Jim will be greatly missed for the insights and wealth of experience he brought to the office everyday. Jim was always a good teammate to people around him and that, too, will be greatly missed.”
Ferguson will be replaced by associate director of media relations Steve Densa, who joined MILB in 1997 and has served in the media relations department since ’98. Densa had spent the previous two years as the director of media relations for Fayettville in the South Atlantic League.
“Steve has been involved in several aspects of our company and worked exclusive in media relations of late, as he honed his skills for this opportunity," O’Conner said. "Steve earned the right to succeed Jim through his hard work and professional development. We are confident Steve will continue the traditions of service and quality to our supporting media outlets, clubs, leagues and fans."