DANVILLE, Va. - The Appalachian League announced its nominations for the Minor League Baseball Annual Awards Wednesday afternoon, with the Danville Braves earning the league's nomination for the Charles Murphy Patriot Award. The award is presented to a team who demonstrates "outstanding support of and engagement with the United States Armed Forces and veterans, both at the ballpark and in the community."
The D-Braves placed a strong focus on recognizing and honoring the military throughout the month of July during the 2016 season, with each Friday game and the team's July 3rd contest being dubbed Military Appreciation Night presented by Angus Heating and Air and Blue Ridge Beverage. The Braves' wore special military-themed jerseys on each of the Military Appreciation Nights, with the game-used jerseys being auctioned off to benefit the Danville Veterans Memorial and the Fort Bragg Fisher House.
Additionally, the D-Braves welcomed members of the Dan River High School J-ROTC for the National Anthem prior to each game on Military Appreciation Nights.
"We are honored to represent the Appalachian League for this award," said D-Braves General Manager David Cross. "The U.S. Military and their families have provided more than we can ever repay, and honoring them in the ways we have is the least we can do."
This year's Charles Murphy Patriot Award will be presented at the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings to be held in National Harbor, Maryland from December 4-8.