The McPherson Pipeliners organization will once again be under new management.
Chad Pinson confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that he has stepped down as owner of the Pipeliners due to a health crisis. Pinson helped launched the collegiate summer program and has been with the team for the past two seasons. The Pinson family released a statement:
"While this may come as a shock, please know this decision has not been easy and has been one of the toughest decisions we have ever made. We truly consider McPherson family and are grateful how 'America's Favorite Pastime' intertwines strangers to create life long bonds and friendships."
The biggest concern for Pinson was disabling the team as he wanted to keep the program going for years to come. Both Sheldon Howell, commissioner of the KCLB league, and Pinson agreed to keep the organization running. KCLB will take over for the Pipeliners.
"The league plans on keeping the program as it is, along with bringing more fantastic ideas and visions to make the family experience even better," The Pinson family said in the release. You will also be seeing familiar faces from the 2019 Pipeliners season throughout this seamless transition, and we could not be more excited. We encourage you to join us in showing support and appreciation to the KCLB for helping us keep Pipeliners Baseball right where it belongs, in the city of McPherson."
With the transition, Tyler Dunn will serve as the general manager for the Pipeliners according to the release. Dunn, a current baseball pitcher at McPherson College, was a member of the 2018 Pipeliners roster when it first started. During the 2019 season, he took a step back and focused on the baseball operations while being a part-time pitcher.
"With his background with the team, this will be a seamless transition for the team and community," The Pinson family said in the release. "Tyler is currently a student at McPherson College and has become rooted in the community. We couldn't be more excited to have Tyler take this role. He has such a passion for the team and community. With his enthusiasm and experience, we know The Pipeliners will be stronger than ever."
Pinson took over in the management role in 2019. He hired Chris Dawson as the new head coach, and the Pipeliners finished third in the KCLB South-Central Standings with a 13-27 (11-13 in league-play) record.
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