Salisbury, MD - Shorebirds utility infielder Anthony Caronia was honored on Sunday by the Orioles Player Development Department as the 2013 Elrod Hendricks Community Service Award recipient. Caronia represented the Shorebirds on numerous appearances during the summer and was a crowd favorite at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Caronia went on several appearances to local schools and community events. He was also always willing to lend a helping hand at games by catching a ceremonial first pitch.
Caronia became a crowd favorite during the season because of his willingness to sign autographs and talk to fans.
"Anthony was a great ambassador for Shorebirds baseball," said general manager Chris Bitters. "He was quick to volunteer for community appearances and he was always ready to make a kid's day by signing an autograph or giving a kid a high five."
Former Shorebirds manager Gary Kendall was named the Cal Ripken Sr. Player Development Award while former Shorebirds pitcher Mike Wright recieved the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.