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Gwinnett Braves name new GM
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The Gwinnett Braves announced Tuesday that North Johnson has been hired as the team’s new general manager.

The move to the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate is a step up for Johnson, who most recently served as the general manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, a Single-A team in the organization.

"North has a proven track record of success everywhere he’s been, and we think he is the perfect fit for the Gwinnett Braves," Mike Plant, Atlanta Braves executive vice president of business operations, said in a statement released by the team. "We look forward to his leadership with the team and in the community."

Johnson has spent 32 years in minor league baseball, the last 24 of which have been spent as a general manager. He’ll be replacing Bruce Baldwin, a veteran of 23 seasons with the Braves.

In 2008, Johnson was awarded his fourth Carolina League Executive of the Year award after guiding the Pelicans to a franchise attendance record and overseeing the California-Carolina League All-Star game. Also during his tenure in Myrtle Beach, Johnson oversaw a $2.5-million renovation project at BB&T Coastal Field.

The Gwinnett Braves, who reached the playoff last year in the first season after relocation from Richmond, Va., start the new season on April 8 at home against Charlotte.

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