Patrick Courtney was appointed Chief Communications Officer of Major League Baseball by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. on December 4, 2014. Courtney oversees the communications strategy and media relations efforts of all MLB entities and serves as the chief spokesman for Commissioner Manfred. Courtney also is a top MLB liaison in various areas of the game's social responsibility and charitable efforts.
Prior to being named Chief Communications Officer, Courtney had served as Senior Vice President for Public Relations since April 2010, when he succeeded MLB's longtime head of PR, Richard Levin. As Senior Vice President, Courtney was the principal spokesman for Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.
Courtney joined Major League Baseball as a Public Relations Assistant in 1992 after interning for the New York Yankees in 1991. He served in a number of positions in the PR Department prior to being promoted to Vice President of Public Relations in 2003. In that role, he acted as a liaison to all Major League Club public relations personnel and to other baseball organizations and was a main point of contact for the Baseball Writers Association of America and other media on all baseball matters pertaining to the Office of the Commissioner.
Courtney has directed all media operations for Major League Baseball's jewel events, including the World Series and the All-Star Game, since 1996. In 2000, he was a USA Baseball PR representative for the gold medal-winning Team USA at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In 2009, Courtney received the Robert O. Fishel Award for Public Relations excellence as voted by his peers and the BBWAA.
Courtney resides in New Jersey with his wife, Amelia, and their three daughters. He is an active supporter of his alma maters, the University of Richmond and the Princeton Day School.