Charlie Blaney New Cal League President

The California League announced that Charlie Blaney has been selected by league owners to succeed Joe Gagliardi as the league's president. Gagliardi, who has served as Cal League president since 1981, is retiring at the end of the 2009 season. In honor of his 25 years of service, the league is naming its championship trophy after him.

Blaney, who was given a three-year contract, previously worked for 32 years as an executive with the Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1988 to 1998 as vice president of Minor League operations. For the past several years, Blaney has stayed active in baseball by preparing schedules for various Minor Leagues around the country.

"I am honored and proud to have the opportunity to succeed Joe Gagliardi as Cal League president," stated Blaney. "Under Joe's great leadership, eight of the 10 cities in the league have new or remodeled stadia, and I look forward to working with the league directors to continue making the Cal League one of the premier Minor Leagues in the country."

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