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Baseball’s Don Logan excited about Mets-51s affiliation

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The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) have signed a new two-year Player Development Contract with the New York Mets, member of the Major League Baseball’s National League East. “We are excited to welcome the Mets as our new Triple-A affiliate,” 51s Executive Director Don Logan stated in a recent SDLV interview. “The Mets have a national fan base; they have the potential to bring a new level of enthusiasm.”

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Las Vegas 51s Executive Director Don Logan

Don Logan, a personable and well-recognized local figure, now enters his 30th season with the Las Vegas professional baseball franchise. He possesses a vast background and knowledge of both the game of baseball and the Las Vegas sports scene

He began his career with the franchise as an account executive in 1984. A native of Tonopah, he quickly moved his way up the front office ladder and was promoted to assistant general manager in 1986. He held that position for the next four seasons, before being named general manager in 1991. He then was named President of the 51s on Jan. 3, 2000, in addition to his responsibilities as general manager. During his tenure, he has earned the respect as not only one of the most influential sports executives in Las Vegas, but in all of professional baseball. He is an inductee to the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.

“I knew even as a kid growing up in that I wanted a career in sports,” Logan noted. He played a variety of sports in Tonopah, where his father was the school principal. After high school, Don played baseball at Dixie State College and then at Utah State University. “I consider myself to be a natural-born leader, and baseball in Las Vegas gave me the opportunity to learn and accomplish things I had always wanted to do.”

One continuing frustration is that Cashman is an old stadium, but so far building a new facility has proven to be an impossible goal. “We have historically been the most successful professional sports team in Las Vegas,” Logan noted. “Las Vegas is one of the world’s great towns. We should have a sports stadium at least on par with Albuquerque.”

The Mets have three outstanding prospects who will start the 2013 season with the Las Vegas team. Don Logan is optimistic that Zack Wheeler, Wilmer Flores and Travis d”Arnold will all do well at the AAA level.

The new season begins April 12. For tickets and more information, go to www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t400

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