Craig Callan Retires from Organization

Craig Callan, the Dodgers' Vice President, Spring Training & Minor League Facilities, will retire from the organization and return to Vero Beach, FL, where he served the organization for the past 30 years. Callan oversaw the successful transition from Vero Beach to its new Spring Training and Player Development campus, Camelback Ranch - Glendale.

  The inaugural season brought the Dodgers closer to their Southern California fans and established franchise records for total attendance and average attendance. 

"Craig played a key role in our move from Vero Beach to Camelback Ranch – Glendale," said Dodger President & COO Dennis Mannion, who made the announcement. "We know that his family, and his heart, remain in the community he has so faithfully served for decades, and we wish him and his family the best.  He not only remains a member of the Dodgers Family, he is a part of its history."  

In addition to overseeing the Vero Beach complex, Callan headed up the Single-A Vero Beach Dodgers (later the Vero Beach Devil Rays) and the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Dodgers. In 1988, he became director of the facility, which served as a conference center for national and international groups as well as Dodgers Fantasy Camps. He served in his latest role the past eight years.   

"I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity over the past 30 years to be a part of the Dodger organization and oversee the most historic Spring Training facility in baseball," said Callan. "Equally as special to me was the ability to be part of the team that designed and constructed the most state-of-the-art, fan-friendly facility for future generations of Dodger fans to enjoy."   

Callan helped negotiate the 2001 transfer of ownership of the Vero Beach site to the local community and oversaw the 2002 renovation that included new clubhouses, training facilities, and executive offices adjacent to Holman Stadium. He also helped rebuild Dodgertown after it suffered damage in the 2004 Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. He and his staff had the complex ready for Spring Training just three months later. Callan received the Key to the City of Vero Beach in 2004.   

Callan was also honored as the Vero Beach Police Department Citizen of the Year Award in 1995, Treasure Coast Citizen of the Year Award in 1998, and the Florida Irish-American Society Irishman of the Year Award in 2001.  

  He and his wife, Cindy, will reside in Vero Beach with their newborn son, Liam.  

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