San Bernardino, CA - The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino proudly announced Thursday that its ownership group, the Elmore Sports Group was named the 2018 Organization of the Year by Ballpark Digest, an industry publication. 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. In addition to the 66ers, the Elmore's run the San Antonio Missions (Triple-A), Amarillo Sod Poodles (Double-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 66ers are part of an ownership group in the Elmore Sports Group that is at the forefront of what is great about our industry," 66ers General Manager Joe Hudson said. "The Elmore Sports group has a large portfolio of teams but each location is given the freedom to operate in a fashion that is best for its individual community. The Elmore Family has made an impact in each city and region that they operate; they have done so by celebrating why each area is so special and making sure that their operations accentuate that positivity."
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.
Fans can learn more about the 66ers by visiting www.66ers.com or call 909-888-9922. Reservations for 2019 group outings as well as season-seat memberships and corporate partnerships are currently available.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.