PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The president of the Portland Sea Dogs is stepping down after serving with the minor league baseball team for the entirety of its quarter century of existence.

Charlie Eshbach, who announced his decision on Monday, will continue serving as a senior adviser.

Team owner Dan Burke hired Eshbach in 1992 to oversee the creation of the club, which played its first season in 1994. Sally McNamara, the team's treasurer, said his "fingerprints are all over this franchise and none of our success would have been possible without him."

The Sea Dogs began as an affiliate of the Florida Marlins and later became a farm club of the Boston Red Sox. Executive vice president and general manager Geoff Iacuessa will take over the roles of president and general manager.