Pelicans to name North Johnson new GM

The Braves Show has learned the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are set to name a new General Manager. Bill Shanks has more.

The Braves Show has learned that veteran baseball man North Johnson will be named as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' new General Manager at a news conference on Monday.

Johnson will replace Matt O'Brien, who resigned earlier in the year. Neil Fortier has been the acting General Manager. The Pelicans are under new ownership after Greensons Baseball bought the club from Capitol Broadcasting earlier this year.

The new Pelicans' boss is a veteran of the Carolina League. While Johnson has been the GM of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League the last three years, he spent seventeen seasons as the GM of the Kinston Indians. He was named the Executive of the Year in the Carolina League in 1988, 1994, and 2000.

A graduate of Elon College, Johnson has also worked with the Pittsfield Cubs, the Lynn Sailors, and the Lynchburg Mets.

Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, a look inside the Braves‘ traditional scouting and player development philosophies. He can also be heard regularly on the Braves Radio Network. Email Bill at

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