Peninsula Oilers General Manager Shawn Maltby is leaving his post after six seasons, accepting the same position with the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaska Baseball League.
Maltby, 37, guided the Oilers to the ABL regular-season title in 2006 and 2011.
"It means the world. It's tough to do because these teams are competitive," Maltby said of winning the league his final season. "To go out on top, it really means a lot. It's not just me, it's the entire team and coaching staff."
Maltby replaces Dennis Mattingly, the Bucs' general manager and founder. Mattingly has multiple myeloma, an insidious cancer that attacks the body's immune system, and must step away from his position.
Mattingly and Maltby are close friends. Mattingly called Maltby about the Bucs job when Maltby was in Florida for his father's funeral in May.
Given Mattingly's health, and what would be a cloudy future for the Bucs if they didn't have a general manager, Maltby couldn't say, "No."
"I don't want to say he handpicked me, but he pretty much called and asked if I would take over for him," Maltby said. "We've built a strong bond."
The Oilers are looking for a replacement, but have yet to make a hire.
Board President Albert Parra said the organization is combing the community and inquiring around the league for Maltby's successor.
It's important find someone soon, Parra said, but the search won't be rushed.
"We're looking for a person who knows the game, someone who is familiar with the community and can get out in the public, someone who is well-rounded," Parra said. "I think we have some prospects. We also have some people on the board that have done the job prior and could help do the job. We want to make sure we look at all our bases. We don't want to just jump into something. We want to look into all our options."
Maltby said fundraising and recruiting were the two biggest challenges with the Oilers. He expects more of the same with the Bucs.
The general manager will join the Oilers at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., before moving to Anchorage.
"I want to thank the board members of the Peninsula Oilers. They gave me the opportunity to do this," Maltby said. "It's one of those things where it's a guy's dream to do something he loves. There's not too many jobs where you can go to work every single day and say, ‘I love going to work.'"