Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees president Kristen Rose has resigned after nearly four years on the job.
Rose will remain with Mandalay Baseball Properties, which operates the International League franchise and is in the process of purchasing it with the New York Yankees, as an executive vice president. According to a team press release published by the Scranton Times-Tribune, Rose is leaving to be closer to her family.
"I remain optimistic about the future of baseball in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, especially with the reconstructed stadium coming on-line," Rose said in the press release. "Although I will miss being a part of the next chapter, I am excited about my new venture and continuing my relationship with Mandalay Baseball Properties.”
Rose joined Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in December 2008 following the team's second season as a Yankees affiliate and she has had to navigate some challenging waters as the face of the franchise. Attendance at PNC Park has sagged dramatically after the Yankees' debut, as problems with the aging ballpark and Mandalay's sometimes corporate approach has alienated some of the fanbase. The team created a local uproar this spring when it changed its name to the "Empire State Yankees" as it prepared for a season-long road trip.
Brighter days do appear to be ahead for the franchise, as their stadium is scheduled to undergo a $40 million renovation and be ready for Opening Day 2013. However, construction that was expected to start early this spring has yet to begin due to a delay in completing the sale of the team from Lackawanna County to SWB Yankees LLC—the entity made of Mandalay Baseball and the New York Yankees that currently operates the team. A self-imposed April 1 deadline for the start of construction came and went without a deal. In the meantime, the Yankees are playing their entire 144-game schedule on the road—including a series starting tonight at the home of the short-season Batavia Muckdogs (New York-Penn League).