Chris Franklin, Joliet native and general manager of the River City Rascals, has been tapped to helm the Joliet Slammers.
Franklin, 31, has more than seven years of professional baseball experience, including four as general manager, according to a news release issued Tuesday announcing his hiring.
During his GM tenure with the Rascals, based in O'Fallon, Mo., the Frontier League team went to the championship series three times in three years and won in 2010. He has worked with former Joliet General Manager Steve Malliet in Joliet and River City.
Franklin's first task here, the release said, is to hire a coaching staff and ticket sales representatives. Interestingly, Franklin held the latter job himself in 2006 for the then-Joliet JackHammers, the team that preceded the Slammers.
Franklin was born in Joliet, but attended Morris Community High School, where he was a three-sport athlete. He played baseball for Blackburn College in Carlinville and graduated with a public administration degree.
Franklin, new Slammers co-owner/CEO Josh Schaub and other members of the team's administrative staff will be formally introduced at a Dec. 11 media day.
The Slammers were sold earlier this year to a group of investors, including Schaub, a sports lawyer and part-time scout for the Milwaukee Brewers. The team remains part of the Frontier League.