Front Office Staff
Eben Yager is entering his sixteenth year in professional baseball and second season as the President of the Pittsfield Suns. He is also entering his eighth season as the General Manager of the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Short Season Single-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
While under Eben's leadership, the Renegades received the 2015 Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Community Spirit Award. In addition, they were also awarded the 2012 New York-Penn League "Vincent McNamara" Outstanding Club Award for having demonstrated franchise stability, and significant contributions to the community, league and the baseball industry. Along with becoming a nominee for the Minor League Baseball John H. Johnson President's Award, the Hudson Valley Renegades received the 2012 MiLBY award for "Team of the Year", an award voted on by fans nationwide. Eben is also responsible for helping the Renegades reach new levels of growth in game day promotions and ticket attendance. The Renegades received the 2008 ESPN the Magazine Promo of the Year Award for "Born in the USA" Night and broke their single-season ticket attendance record in 2009.
Prior to joining the Renegades organization, Eben served as the Assistant General Manager for the St. Paul Saints (2003-2007). During his time with the Saints, Eben was responsible for the development of several ticketing systems, including the first sport ticketing application that allowed fans to purchase and scan tickets directly from their mobile phones. Eben was also credited for the development of an online Group Ticket Engine that has increased the percentage of group ticket sales for all four teams within the Goldklang Group. Additionally, Eben was responsible for "Being Jason Giambi" Night, which earned the Saints the 2007 ESPN the Magazine Promo of the Year award.
Eben served as the Director of Ticket Sales and Operations for the Portland Beavers (2002) where he was responsible for setting a single-season ticket attendance record. He also held a Senior Account Executive position with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Major League Club where he led the sales staff in both Season and Group ticket sales (2000-2001).
During his time in New York, Eben has been actively involved in the community by serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Chairman of the Board of the Hudson Valley Boy Scouts Dutchess District and the Chair of the New York Blood Center's Little Doctor's Program. Eben also has served on the Board of the Directors for the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education of Dutchess County, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Orange-Dutchess Region, Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County and the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum. Eben was honored in 2014 as the New York Penn League Executive of the Year, 2013 with the Fundamental Principles Award from the American Red Cross, and in 2012 with the JDRF Hope Award. Under Eben's leadership, the Renegades have donated over $400,000 toward community programs throughout the Hudson Valley.
Eben is a native of Detroit, Michigan and holds B.A. in Sports Administration and Psychology from Central Michigan University.