The Savannah Sand Gnats have added two new seasoned veterans to their front office staff as the 2009 season approaches. Ric Sisler, who served as the team's General Manager from 1991-1998, joins the staff as the Director of Sales. Dave Wellenzohn, who most recently served as the General Manager of the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League, takes over as the Director of Ticketing.
Sisler brings over 20 years of baseball experience as well as ties to the local Savannah community. His track record of success includes being named the Northern League Executive of the Year in 1999, setting six attendance records in his first stint with the Sand Gnats and winning the 1991 South Atlantic League Merit Award for attendance achievement.
He is the grandson of Hall of Famer George Sisler, a lifetime .340 hitter with the St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and Boston Braves and the 1922 American League Most Valuable Player. His father, Dick Sisler, also played in the Major Leagues and managed the Cincinnati Reds in the mid-1960s. Ric played three years in the New York Yankees' farm system before moving into the front office.