Elmore Sports Group was named the 2018 Organization of the Year by Ballpark Digest today. Ballpark Digest selected the Elmore Sports Group for this award due to the collective success of the seven teams it owns as well as guiding three different franchise shifts.
"We are proud of all our teams. Most of our teams have been members of the Elmore Sports Group for more than 30 years," said Elmore Sports Group Chairman Dave Elmore.
The Elmore Sports Group owns seven Minor League Baseball teams and one hockey team. The Elmore's run the San Antonio Missions (Triple-A), Amarillo Sod Poodles (Double-A), Inland Empire 66ers (Advanced-A), Lynchburg Hillcats (Advanced-A), Eugene Emeralds (Class-A Short Season), Idaho Falls Chukars (Short Season Rookie Level), and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Class-A Short Season) in Minor League Baseball as well as the East Coast Hockey League's Utah Grizzlies.
"Being named Organization of the Year by Ballpark Digest is one of the greatest honors in baseball," said Elmore Sports Group President D.G. Elmore. "The Elmore family is blessed to work with the best leaders in minor league baseball and to partner with baseball loving communities throughout the country."
The Elmore Sports Group has overseen the transition of three franchises heading into the 2019 season. The Missions are making the jump from the Double-A Texas League to Triple-A Pacific Coast League, while the Colorado Springs Sky Sox are leaving the PCL to replace the Helena Brewers in the Pioneer League, and the Amarillo Sod Poodles are joining the Texas League.
The Eugene Emeralds are the short-season Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The Ems won their 2nd NWL Championship in the past three seasons in 2018, defeating the Spokane Indians 3 games to none. The Eugene Emeralds are dedicated to providing the best in family entertainment and won the Larry MacPhail Award in 2018, awarded to the club with the top promotional efforts in all of Minor League Baseball.
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