The Potomac Nationals, the Advanced Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals who play in the Carolina League out of Woodbridge, Va., have named Josh Olerud as their new general manager.
Olerud joins the P-Nats from the Rockford RiverHawks of the independent Northern League, where he was general manager and vice president of sales for two years. During his tenure, the RiverHawks saw significant growth in sponsorships and moved into the new Road Ranger Stadium.
"For me, this was just the perfect situation to step in to," Olerud said in a team-issued press release. "To be able to take over a club that is in such a dynamic market, so close to the big league club, is really a unique setup. I am excited to bring my experience and ideas to what is already a successful club, and I know that together we can do some great things."
If Olerud's name sounds familiar, it's with good reason. He's a cousin of former major leaguer John Olerud, a two-time All-Star first baseman who spent 17 seasons with Toronto, Seattle, the New York Mets and Yankees, and Boston.