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Yankees minority owner buys Wilmington Sharks


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A minority owner of the New York Yankees has purchased the Wilmington Sharks.

Peter Freund is also a partner in the Class-A Charleston (WV) RiverDogs.

"I am thrilled to begin a new era of Sharks baseball in the beautiful Port City of Wilmington," Freund said in a news release. "Our goal is a simple one: to listen to our fans and continue to offer families a fun and affordable evening of baseball in a minor league setting. We have many upcoming surprises for 2014 and will be working hard between now and opening night on May 28th to ensure a memorable season for all inside the Shark Tank."

The Sharks also announced they have brought back former General Manager Amanda Blackwell to run the team. Blackwell was the first female GM in Coastal Plain League history before more recently serving as the Director of Sales for the Wilmington Hammerheads soccer team.

"I am thrilled to be back with the Sharks," Blackwell said in a statement. "Peter and I share the same vision for this club, and I am committed and excited to see it through."

Blackwell takes over as GM for Pat Hutchins, who will remain with the Sharks as a sales executive and host family coordinator.

On the field, the Sharks have hired Parker Bangs as the new head coach. Bangs was an assistant coach last season with the Columbia Blowfish of the CPL, which made it to the Petitt Cup Championship Series after winning the league's West Division Championship. He also played for the CPL's Fayetteville SwampDogs in 2007 and 2008, while at the University of South Carolina. Bangs was a member of the 2010 Gamecocks National Championship baseball team.

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