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2014 Winter Meetings - Awards

Awards

Below please find information on the submission and nomination process for the MiLB Annual Awards.

These awards represent well-deserved recognition in our industry so we encourage each league to submit nominations. When a league fails to submit nominations, deserving clubs or individuals in that league can be overlooked.

Below are descriptions of each award, along with submission information. Please contact Kelly Butler in the MiLB office (KButler@MiLB.com or 727-456-1723) if you have any questions about this information (individual clubs can also contact their league office).

NOMINATION PROCESS:

Clubs selected to represent their league should send nominations for these awards to their league office unless the league prefers this information be sent directly to Minor League Baseball, 9550 16th Street N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716, ATTN: Kelly Butler. Information can be prepared by the nominated club, or by the league office. It has been our experience that materials prepared by the nominated club are often more effective because the clubs have easier access to all relevant materials. Please note: Individual league procedures to select their nominee may vary from those employed by the MiLB Office to select the overall industry recipient.

  • Each league may nominate only one (1) club or individual for each of these awards.

  • Nominations are reviewed by the MiLB Awards Committee and recommendations for the award winners are presented to the President and senior management of MiLB for final decision. In addition to the information submitted, the Awards Committee, the President and Senior Management may take into account whether a club or individual has upheld the objectives of the National Association Agreement and has complied with applicable baseball rules.

  • All nominations should include a written description that demonstrates why the club/individual deserves the award. Later in this document you will find a description of each award, along with suggested topics to address within the written submission.
    • When reviewing nominations, the MiLB Awards Committee is focused on how the club/individual exemplifies the criteria of the award. An effective submission is one that clearly and succinctly addresses the main award criteria and how the club/individual embodies those criteria.

    • Links to videos or web pages, DVDs, photographs and print materials may be included, where applicable, to support the nomination, but they are not required. The inclusion and/or quantity of supporting documents will not, in itself, impact the selection process. Supporting materials are effective only if they are integral to demonstrating the qualifications of the club/individual.

    • Quality and relevance of content are more important than quantity and presentation format (e.g., a photograph of giveaway items is sufficient in lieu of sending actual samples).

  • The deadline to submit league nominations (with supporting materials) to MiLB is October 3. Nominations received after this date will not be considered.

  • Please keep in mind that the John Henry Moss, Johnson and MacPhail awards are given to a club, not an individual.

  • Leagues and clubs wishing to publicize their nominations may state that they are the league's nominee, but NOT the league's winner of the award.

  • League presidents will be notified if a club in his or her league has won an award. The President or Senior Management will notify the winners. Neither clubs nor league offices may distribute any press releases or make other announcements regarding any winners until the MiLB official press release has been sent.

  • Winners will be encouraged to submit a 60-second video to be shown at the Baseball Winter Meetings during the presentation of the award. Assistance with this video is available through the MiLB Office if desired.

AWARD DESCRIPTIONS & SUGGESTED SUPPORTING INFORMATION:

John Henry Moss Community Service Award


The Community Service Award is awarded to a club that demonstrates an outstanding, on-going commitment to charitable service, support and leadership within their local community and within the baseball industry.

Please include in your nomination information about the following:

  • Support of Local and Baseball Communities - Involvement in the club's local community may be shown through initiatives, donations, programming and participation, community improvement projects, involvement with civic organizations, providing fundraising opportunities for local groups and promoting charitable partners through club marketing and communications. Service and support to the Baseball Community may include participation in league-wide initiatives, support of MiLB Charity Partners, engagement with MiLB Charities, and support of baseball-related not-for-profit organizations such as the Baseball Hall of Fame, UmpsCare and BAT (Baseball Assistance Team).

  • Players, Staff and Ownership - Highlight personal community service involvement of players, staff and/or ownership; or club-sponsored initiatives and programs that actively involve players, staff and/or ownership or engage the community.

Additionally, the nominee's participation in the reporting of charitable activities through charities.milb.net - will be considered as part of the review process.

John H. Johnson President's Award


The Johnson Award honors a "complete" baseball franchise that has demonstrated franchise stability, and significant contributions to its community, league and the baseball industry.

Please include in your nomination information about the following:

  • Franchise Stability - description of the longevity in a community, continuity of ownership or other indicators that the club has become part of the fabric of its community over time.

  • Contributions to the community, league and to the baseball industry - This may be shown through descriptions of initiatives, such as youth programs; reading programs; player appearances; staff & player volunteer work; community improvement projects; donations to one's community; city, school and charity events; and involvement with civic organizations and other groups (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, etc.). Written information may include demonstrated leadership within the league through service on league committees or other contributions at the league level.

The Vancouver Canadians were presented the 2013 John H. Johnson President's Award by MiLB President & CEO Pat O'Conner.

Larry MacPhail Award


The MacPhail Award is given to a club that demonstrates outstanding and creative marketing and promotional efforts within its community, its ballpark (including non-game day events), in media and other promotional materials.

Please include in your nomination information about the following:

  • Marketing & promotions within the community that can include city, school and charity events; involvement with civic organizations and youth groups (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Special Olympics, etc.); or other creative ways of marketing the club.

  • Promotions in the ballpark including non-game day event, in-game promotions, sponsor events, concerts, giveaways, etc.

  • Media & promotional materials to include social media, radio & television ads, newspaper ads, programs, yearbooks, etc.

Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award


The Rawlings Award is presented to a woman who has made outstanding contributions to her club, her league or to baseball.

Please include in your nomination the Woman's biography, along with a description of her career in baseball and how she has contributed to the success of her franchise, league or the baseball industry. Please feel free to also include up to three (3) recommendation letters from others.

 

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