LEAGUE COMMISSIONER MIKE STONE TO
RETIRE AT THE END OF 2006 SEASON
Mike Stone, the
Commissioner of the Northern League of Professional Baseball,
announced today that he will retire from that position, effective at
the end of the 2006 season.
Stone was elected
to a five-year term as the second Commissioner of the Northern
League in May 2002. With today’s announcement, he indicated he would
step down from the office following the final game of the 2006
Championship Series, seven months prior to the expiration of his
“My term as
Northern League Commissioner called for five seasons, and I intend
to serve for that duration,” commented Stone. “I feel it is
important for my successor to be able to go through a full
off-season cycle, rather than begin his term in May 2007. As a
result, I will step down at the end of the 2006 season.”
tenure as Commissioner, the Northern League has expanded from eight
to 12 teams while producing the highest attendance figures of any
Independent League in professional baseball.
Commissioner of the Northern League has been an incredibly rewarding
experience,” said Stone, a veteran of more than two decades as a
senior sports executive. “However, it is time for me to devote more
attention to other opportunities, including my position with
Stone serves on
the Board of Directors of Fort Worth-based American IronHorse, one
of the nation’s fastest growing manufacturers of motorcycles.
"On behalf of
the Board of Directors, I want to thank Mike Stone for the role he
has played in helping to further develop the strength, size, and
success of the Northern League,” commented Bruce Thom, President of
the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and the Chairman of the Northern
League’s Ownership Executive Committee. “Commissioner Stone has ably
guided this league during an important period in its history. The
teams look forward to working with him over the next 12 months and
wish him the very best for the future."
Founded in 1993,
the Northern League is the oldest and highest attended of all
Independent Minor Leagues. Nearly 2.2 million fans attended Northern
League games in the 2005 season.