INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians surprised a lot of people today. The Tribe has made a rare change at the top of the organization.
Randy Lewandowski, 44, was named general manager to replace Cal Burleson. Burleson has held that position since fall of 1997.
Burleson will stay on as Vice President of Baseball and Administrative Affairs, focusing largely on the team’s relationship with the Pittsburgh Pirates (its MLB parent club) and its other minor league affiliations.
Max Schumacher will remain with the team as chairman.
Lewandowski joined the Tribe as an intern in 1994 and full-time as an assistant ticket manager in 1996. He will be charged with overall management of the AAA baseball franchise including ticket sales and service, communications and marketing sponsorship, Victory Field operations and maintenance, and budget management.
Lewandowski served as director of operations from 2001-2007 and assistant general manager from 2007-2014. During Lewandowski’s time with the team, its Employee count during Lewandowski time has sky-rocketed from seven to 45.
With this promotion, Lewandowski will have to take a lead role in the team’s negotiations for a new lease of Victory Field. The team’s lease for the 18-year-old facility comes up for renewal on March 31, 2016. Team officials are in discussions with the city’s Capital Improvement Board, which owns the venue, for a new lease.
Lewandowski was born in Chicago, but grew up in Fort Wayne. He graduated from and played baseball at Bishop Dwenger High School. He graduated with a degree in business management from Anderson University, where he earned academic All-American honors as a first baseman and pitcher.
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