New York-Penn League
Ben J. Hayes has been the President of the New York-Penn League since 2001. Ben was honored in 2009 with Minor League Baseball's Warren Giles award for outstanding service as a league president. Ben also has served as the President of the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation since 2002.
Ben currently serves as the Vice Chairman of Minor League Baseball's Council of League Presidents (COLP), the Chairman of COLP's Charities Committee, a member of the COLP's Officers Committee, BIRCO/BAM Committee, and PBUC Committees, and a member of the Joint Minor League/Major League League President & Farm Director Committee. Prior to becoming the New York-Penn League President, Ben was secretary and general counsel for Minor League Baseball (1993-2000). Ben earned a Juris Doctorate with honors from University of Florida College of Law (1992), studied political-economics at University of Florida Graduate School (1988-1989), and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from University of South Florida (1987).
Ben coached baseball at University of Florida and helped lead the Gators to their first NCAA College World Series (1988). Ben played professional baseball (1978-1986) with the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals (2 1/2 years in the Major Leagues).
Ben is a licensed captain, a certified dive master, and a certified diving emergency specialist (DES) instructor. Ben lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., and he and his wife, Laurie, have one adult daughter.
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