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Altoona Curve General Manager was a part of the team since it arrived in town in 1999.  He thanks the team and fans and called it a great privilege.

The Curve issued the following statement on Thursday:

Next month, Egan will be joining the Charlotte Knights, Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, as the team’s General Manager of Baseball Operations.

 Altoona Curve General Manager Rob Egan will be leaving the Double-A Eastern League club at the end of the month to start a new professional opportunity, the team announced today.

Egan, 47, has served for eight seasons as the Curve’s general manager (2009-2016) and has been with the Altoona franchise for 14 of its 18 seasons overall.  Hired as the team’s Director of Broadcasting in 1999, the Michigan native fulfilled play-by-play broadcasting, media relations, sales and marketing roles over the Curve’s first six seasons.  In between stints with the club, Egan was the communications director for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and hosted a daily sports talk show, “Front & Center,” on ESPN Radio in Altoona and State College.

“It’s been a great privilege to be a part of the Curve and a part of this community,” said Egan.  “The Lozinak family and Sal Baglieri gave me a great opportunity to join a brand new franchise in 1999 and then asked me to help lead it in 2009.  I’ve learned a lot from them and have been fortunate to work with some really talented front office staff members over the years.  Together with the strong support of our fans, game day staff, sponsors and booster club, an outstanding Major League affiliation, and excellent media coverage, the Curve are an enduring success story.”

Among the highlights during Egan’s tenure as general manager are hosting the Pirates’-Curve exhibition game in March 2013 which drew a franchise-record 10,116 fans, staging the Eastern League All-Star Stop in Altoona in July 2014, earning the Eastern League’s nomination for the John H. Johnson President’s Award for Franchise Excellence in 2015 and the franchise’s first ballpark naming rights sponsorship (signed in 2012 with Peoples Natural Gas).  Egan was named Eastern League Executive of the Year in 2014.  Since 2009, the Pirates also put together the Curve’s first Eastern League Championship team (2010), made the playoffs three times (2010, 2015-16) and signed two affiliation extensions with their Double-A club.

“Although we are saddened to see Rob leave the Curve, we are excited for his opportunity,” said Curve owner Bob Lozinak.  “It is always good to know that others see great talent which is also a reflection of the Curve operation.  We wish Rob success in his future endeavors.  When I think of his talent and the success he has had in Altoona, I feel that he is well prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Next month, Egan will be joining the Charlotte Knights, Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, as the team’s General Manager of Baseball Operations.

The Curve have already begun an industry-wide search for their next general manager and hope to announce their selection within the next couple of weeks.

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