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GRAND CHUTE, WI - Two days
ago the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers won the Midwest League Championship on the
field. On Tuesday, the Timber
Rattlers were named the winners of the Midwest League's Larry MacPhail Award
for 2012. The league also named
Timber Rattlers President and General Manager Rob Zerjav as the Midwest
League's Executive of the Year.
The Midwest League's Larry MacPhail Award is presented to the team that
demonstrated outstanding and creative marketing and promotional efforts within
its community, its ballpark (including non-game day events), and in media and
promotional materials. By winning
the Midwest League award, Wisconsin is up for the National Larry MacPhail
Promotional Trophy. The Rattlers are
competing with winners from other minor leagues and the national winner will be
named at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have made Time Warner Cable Field one of the most
family friendly destinations in all of Wisconsin by bringing affordable and fun
entertainment to its front gates. During their 18th season, the club
demonstrated exceptional and creative promotional and marketing efforts within
its community and at the ballpark
"I am extremely proud of the job our staff has done
this season to create fun and meaningful promotions to entertain our fan
base," said Zerjav. "We all take
a lot of pride in being an impactful member of our community and with every
promotion the Timber Rattlers try to tie it back in some way to a local charity.
The Timber Rattlers organization is honored to receive this prestigious Midwest
Zerjav was also recognized as the Midwest League Executive of the Year for the
2012 season. The award is voted on
by the teams in the Midwest League and presented to the individual who has had a
successful season in the areas of leadership, concessions, general park
operations, ticket sales, community involvement and overall baseball operations.
The Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin
native started with the Timber Rattlers as an intern in 1997.
He worked his way up through the front office and was named President and
General Manager in 2003. He has
shepherded the organization through stadium expansions, a naming rights
agreement for Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium, an affiliation
change to the Milwaukee Brewers, and a major stadium renovation that is
currently taking place and scheduled to be completed for the 2013 season.
"This has been a magical season for the Timber Rattlers organization and to
receive this award on top of winning the Midwest League Championship is truly
humbling," said Zerjav. "Our entire staff is top notch and I
couldn't receive this award without all of their help and support."
is the second time Zerjav has been named Midwest League Executive of the Year.
He also won the award in 2007.
Wisconsin is already preparing for next season.
The 2012 Midwest League champions will open on the road on Thursday,
April 4, 2013. The 2013 home opener
is on Monday, April 8 at 6:35pm against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Full and partial season ticket packages for 2013 are available now by calling
(800) WI-TIMBER or (920) 733-4152 from 9am until 5pm Monday through Friday.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.