Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2004, Sharrer continues to make the St. Paul Saints one of the more successful minor league baseball teams in the country. His hard work and dedication has been rewarded the last three years, receiving Executive of the Year honors in the American Association from 2015-17. He oversaw the opening of CHS Field in what was an historic record breaking year for the organization. The record breaking first year was topped in 2016 when the Saints finished seventh in all of minor league baseball in average attendance and number one in percent capacity at 117%. They have topped minor league baseball in percent capacity three straight seasons, averaging 115% capacity over that time.
Upon beginning his career in Fort Myers, FL with the Goldklang Group’s Florida State League franchise, the Whiteland, IN native rose through the ranks of the Miracle quickly, ascending to the GM’s chair in 1997. As part of the job there, he worked extensively with the Miracle’s parent team – the Minnesota Twins – during spring training. The Miracle consistently bucked the trend of poor Florida State League attendance and led in that department under Sharrer.
In 2001, he moved to Charleston, SC. The RiverDogs, a Tampa Bay affiliate at the time (they are currently linked with the Yankees) in the Class A South Atlantic League, set attendance records every year Sharrer was there. With the help of such interesting promotions as Nobody Night (when fans weren’t allowed into the ballpark until it was an official game), the Riverdogs drew a team record 259,007 fans in 2003. Charleston mayor Joe Riley thought so much of Sharrer that he helped organize a special day in his honor before he left to join the Saints.
The days in St. Paul have been just as magical, leading a staff that has come up with promotional ideas that have gained national attention. Everything from Bud Selig ties, to the Michael Vick Chew Toy, to the incredible Bobblefoot, to the World Record Pillow Fight in 2015.
“St. Paul is a special place to live and work – particularly if work is minor league baseball,” Sharrer said. “The Saints’ tradition – thanks primarily to our fans – was established long before I arrived. I’m just thrilled to be a continuing part of it.”
Sharrer resides in Woodbury with his wife Kandice, sons Sullivan and Lawson. “My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time here,” he said. “We are looking forward to many more years to come.”
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