Alan Ledford was announced as MountainStar Sports Group president during a news conference on Thursday, Oct. 11 in El Paso.
"There are many exciting things to come in preparation for the arrival of El Paso's Triple-A team," he said. "We want the entire community of El Paso to be part of the Tucson Padres' successful transition to El Paso. We will be presenting a number of ways El Pasoans can get involved, including a name-the-team contest, helping to choose a mascot, and team events throughout the City.
Ledford resigned in June 2011 as the president, GM and COO of the Sacramento River Cats. He said at that time that he was leaving the River Cats to pursue future business interests in the sports and entertainment industry.
"I am incredibly proud of all we've accomplished during my tenure with the River Cats and Raley Field, and will always be grateful to Art and Susan Savage for the opportunity, experience, and friendship," Ledford said in a River Cats news release last year. "Over the course of nearly nine seasons, I have had the privilege to work with an extremely talented and dedicated staff, as well as community and business partners who supported us in a remarkable way. The River Cats are well positioned for the future, and I'm very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for me."
During Ledford's nearly nine-year tenure, the team has led all of Minor League Baseball in attendance, and established itself as a benchmark franchise winning seven seven division titles, four Pacific Coast League (PCL) Championships, and two Triple-A Championships. Ledford was named Minor League Baseball's 2006 Executive of the Year by Baseball America.
"Alan's leadership has been critical to establishing the River Cats as a premier franchise in Minor League Baseball, and one of Sacramento's true community assets," said Susan Savage, River Cats CEO and Majority Owner. "We wish him the very best."