The Akron RubberDucks has recently been selected as the league’s 2016 nominee for the John H. Johnson President’s Award, Minor League Baseball’s top honor.
The President’s Award is presented annually to honor the “complete” baseball franchise based on franchise stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to the community and promotion of the baseball industry.
“We are very humbled to be the Eastern League’s nominee for the President’s Award. It is a tremendous honor and a credit to our hard-working staff, the support of our community, our corporate partners and our relationship with the Cleveland Indians organization,” said RubberDucks general manager Jim Pfander. “This nomination is a real credit to everyone involved with what the organization has been working to build the past four seasons since Ken Babby took over.”
The RubberDucks, Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, just completed its 20th season in Akron and third since becoming the RubberDucks with the franchise’s fifth Eastern League championship. This season saw more than 375,000 fans come to Canal Park for 70 fun-filled regular season games, four playoff games, and first Eastern League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby in Akron’s history.
“Our fans are the best in Minor League Baseball and their tremendous support makes this President’s Award nomination possible,” said Pfander. “Last year, they helped us win the Larry MacPhail Award as the top promotional team, so with their efforts, they have truly made Canal Park the home of affordable family fun.”
Minor League Baseball has presented the President’s Award to one team each year since 1974. Four Eastern League teams have won the award, the last coming in 2006 when the Altoona Curve were honored. This year’s winner will be announced during Minor League Baseball’s Winter Meetings in December.