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Roger Dean has a new GM

There has been a personnel change for Roger Dean Stadium.

The Florida Marlins have chosen Joe Pinto to be Roger Dean Stadium's new general manager.

Pinto will oversee operations for the Jupiter ballpark which serves as the spring training home of the Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as the Florida State League's Jupiter and Palm Beach clubs.


Pinto says his biggest challenge will be developing a following for the minor-league teams. Palm Beach and Jupiter combined to average 1,213 per game last season.

"I don't want people to think this is just a bunch of baseball fields," Pinto said. "I want them to realize it's an entertainment complex. My goal is just to get people out there once. I think once they are out there, they will come back."

Pinto replaces Rob Rabenecker, the only other GM in the ballpark's 10-year history. Rabenecker resigned in late August to become owner/operator of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant in Wellington.

Best of luck Mr. Pinto.

If you happen to be dining in the Wellington Chick-Fil-A that Mr. Rabenecker owns and operates, be sure to tell time him, Hi.