Marshall Jennings has been promoted to Assistant General Manager of Roger Dean Stadium and General Manager of the A-Advanced Florida State League Palm Beach Cardinals. Jennings reports to Joe Pinto, RDS GM and replaces Shawn Gelnett, who left during the summer.
A top-notch facility, Roger Dean Stadium houses the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals for Spring Training as well as the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League along with Palm Beach.
The Marlins first came to Roger Dean Stadium in 2002 when they replaced the Montreal Expos. The Cardinals have been there ever since the stadium’s opening in 1998, when they relocated from their long-time spring home in St. Petersburg.
The Jennings announcement alone isn’t all that noteworthy, as personnel changes in minor league clubs occur all the time. Yet this one is more interesting than most due to the individual’s background.
I don’t recall having ever seen a groundskeeper promoted to general manager before.
From the RDS website:
Marshall began working at Roger Dean Stadium in 2002 as the Assistant Facilities Manager before taking over the Facilities Manager position in October of 2003. His job is to oversee all baseball fields, grounds and landscape maintenance at Roger Dean Stadium.
Jennings arrived at RDS via Tulane University, where he was the Director of Athletic Fields. The 1999 graduate of Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Plant and Soil Science/Golf and Sport Turf Management worked at the MSU golf course in college and interned at Disney’s Wide World of Sports during the Atlanta Braves Spring Training of 1999.
In his spare time, Jennings enjoys watching baseball and football. Marshall resides in Jupiter and owns a hyperactive pug named Kramer.
Something You May Not Know: Jennings played two years of college baseball at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., before transferring to Mississippi State.
Best wishes to Mr. Jennings in his new endeavor. It looks to be a good career growth assignment!