Citing urgent family responsibilities that require immediate attention, Quad Cities River Bandits general manager Stefanie Brown asked that the club reduce her role to tend to those duties.
Because of that, Brown stepped down as general manager on Tuesday.
"I am very appreciative of the support of the River Bandits ownership and staff during this challenging time," Brown said in a released statement. "I am especially grateful to (Bandits owners) Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt for allowing me time to be with my family and still remain in an important role with the River Bandits."
Brown was entering her second year as club general manager and fifth overall with the Bandits. According to a news release, she will remain with the team "in a substantial, but yet-to-be-determined role."
Five years ago, she joined the team as the director of community and client relations before being promoted to assistant general manager one year later. After the 2011 season in which the Bandits won the Midwest League title, Brown was promoted to general manager.
At the time, she was the Midwest League's younger and only female general manager. During her one season in the position, the Bandits drew 240,008 fans -- their highest total in 17 years.
This past offseason, she was an integral part in the Bandits beginning a new player development contract with the Houston Astros.
"Stefanie Brown is an incredibly valuable part of the River Bandits and the Quad-Cities community, and one of my favorite people," Heller said in a released statement. "She is immensely talented and will have as much of a role with the River Bandits organization as she wants, for as long as she wants."
Main Street Baseball will begin looking immediately for a general manager who will report directly to ownership, lead the River Bandits organization and help oversee the High Desert Mavericks, the group's California League club.
Today is Tuesday, May 21, the 141st day of 2013. There are 224 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: On Monday the 11th inst. on Center Ridge in Mercer County,some citizens got out their cannon to celebrate the taking of Richmond. The gun wasoverloaded and burst. No one was injured, but one 30-pound piece went though thesecond story of a house. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The old folks concert at the Harper Theater last night to benefit St.Luke's Cottage Hospital, attracted a large audience. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Unless depredation by vandals in Rock Island parks is halted,special policemen will be assigned to night duty to protect the flowers and other property. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Station WHBF has received a special citation from Washington forits participation in Air Mail Week, which was observed this week throughout the nation. 1963 -- 50 years ago: A 10-year high in employment in the Quad-City area was reachedat the end of the last quarter, according to an industrial employment barometer releasedtoday. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Pee Wee teams will be able to play baseball and softball as usualon Diamond Three at Dorrance Park this summer, but after that, the ball field is doomed.County crews have put the diamond back in shape after heavy trucks marred the playingfield earlier this spring. Illinois Department of Transportation crews drove onto it to makeborings for the relocation of the junction of Illinois 84 and the Port Byron-Hillsdale road.