August 20, 2013

Steve Solloway: For Sea Dogs' president, life in the minors is a major career

A ceremony at Hadlock Field honors Charlie Eshbach’s 20-year tenure with the team.

By Steve Solloway

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Charlie Eshbach, president of the Portland Sea Dogs, shakes hands with catcher Matt Spring after a ceremony Monday at Hadlock Field to honor Eshbach’s successful 20-year tenure with the team.

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After the Red Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds, Eshbach's work days at Fenway Park were over. He once thought he'd like the job of traveling secretary for a big league team. The idea of being on the road with major leaguers, setting up hotel rooms, taking care of meal money and other chores seemed like fun.

"Then I found out it was a lot of adult babysitting and that didn't seem like much fun."

Forty years of working the side of the minor leagues that has nothing to do with setting lineups, evaluating players and talking to the coaches. His job was to take care of the players away from the field and take care of the fans coming to the ballpark.

He met his wife on a blind date through a dating service. "Yeah, they had those back then. We've been married 31 years. When you talk to her, tell her I remembered how many years."

Of course he did.

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Correction: This column was updated at 11:17 a.m., Aug. 20, 2013, to correctly spell the name of Pat O'Conner, president of Minor League Baseball. It was updated again at 1:18 p.m. to correctly spell the name of Charlie Eshbach.

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