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Pat O’Conner has spent 34 years in professional baseball, including the last 24 in the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) office. He joined the Minor League Baseball staff in May 1993 as Chief Operating Officer and added the title of Vice President, Administration, in December 1995. Pat was elected the 11th president of Minor League Baseball in December 2007. He was re-elected for a third term in December 2015.

Since arriving at the Minor League Baseball headquarters, O’Conner has overseen a period of unprecedented increases in revenue and franchise values. Minor League Baseball set new attendance records for five consecutive years from 2004-08, has attracted over 41 million fans in each of the last 12 seasons (2005-16) and drew over 42 million fans in 2014 and 2015. In 2008, Minor League Baseball topped the 43 million mark for the first time since the organization was founded in 1901.

Pat received the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Ohio University Sports Administration Program and the 2005 College of Health & Human Services Award of Distinction from Ohio University. He was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame in 2000, received the Friends of Baseball Chapel Award in 2005 and was inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame in 2014.

A native of Grove City, Ohio, O’Conner received a degree in economics and finance from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a master’s in Sports Administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

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