SAN FRANCISCO and ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball® (MiLB™) and Esurance today announced the winners of the second annual Esurance Home Field Advantage Award. The award honors the communities who best supported their hometown Minor League Baseball teams during the 2017 season.
One Minor League Baseball team in each of the 14 leagues has been named the Esurance Home Field Advantage Award winner, which recognizes teams with the highest percentage of attendance based on ballpark capacity during the 2017 season. The winning teams, who will be recognized at the 2017 Baseball Winter Meetings™ in Orlando, Florida, this December, are as follows:
- Columbus Clippers (International League)
- El Paso Chihuahuas (Pacific Coast League)
- Trenton Thunder (Eastern League)
- Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Southern League)
- Arkansas Travelers (Texas League)
- Visalia Rawhide (California League)
- Frederick Keys (Carolina League)
- Daytona Tortugas (Florida State League)
- Dayton Dragons (Midwest League)
- Greenville Drive (South Atlantic League)
- Hudson Valley Renegades (New York-Penn League)
- Vancouver Canadians (Northwest League)
- Pulaski Yankees (Appalachian League)
- Billings Mustangs (Pioneer League)
Of the 14 winners this season, 12 will be honored for the second consecutive year. The Columbus Clippers edged out the Charlotte Knights in a tight race for the International League award, and the Arkansas Travelers are a first-time winner in the Texas League.
"This award truly celebrates baseball fans and their relentless passion for the game and their hometown teams," said Nancy Abraham, vice president, integrated marketing communications at Esurance. "We've had another great season with Minor League Baseball, while introducing millions more to our brand and modern approach to home and auto insurance. Thank you to all the fans for cheering on your teams, and a special congratulations to this year's winners."
"Throughout the 2017 season, Minor League Baseball fans came out in record numbers to support their hometown teams, demonstrating how deeply rooted our teams truly are in their respective communities," said David Wright, Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer for Minor League Baseball. "The 14 teams that are recipients of this year's Esurance Home Field Advantage Award and their fans certainly have reason to celebrate. We've had another great year of attendance in Minor League Baseball and extend a huge high-five to our fans for their continued support."
Esurance and Minor League Baseball announced a strategic multi-year partnership in 2016, making it the exclusive home and auto insurance partner of Minor League Baseball.
About Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, is the governing body for all professional baseball teams in the United States, Canada, and the Dominican Republic that are affiliated with Major League Baseball® clubs through their farm systems. Fans are coming out in unprecedented numbers to this one-of-a-kind experience that can only be found at Minor League Baseball ballparks. In 2015, Minor League Baseball attracted 42.5 million fans to its ballparks to see the future stars of the sport hone their skills. From the electricity in the stands to the excitement on the field, Minor League Baseball has provided affordable family-friendly entertainment to people of all ages since its founding in 1901. For more information, visit www.MiLB.com.
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