FRISCO, Texas (Oct. 11, 2017) - The Frisco RoughRiders have been nominated by Texas League president Tim Purpura to represent the league for four prestigious Minor League Baseball awards.
The RoughRiders are up for the John H. Johnson President's Award, John Henry Moss Community Service Award and Larry MacPhail Award. Also, RoughRiders Director of Partner Services Kathryne Buckley is a nominee for Rawlings Female Executive of the Year.
As a valued member of the franchise's leadership team, Buckley holds a prominent role in the overall success of the RoughRiders. Her contributions were essential to the franchise enjoying a record-breaking 2017 season on several fronts, including setting a new single-season mark for sponsorship revenue. Buckley took a lead in planning and organizing the successful operation of the Texas League All-Star Game, along with being the primary contact for more than 200 events per year at Dr Pepper Ballpark, and managed a variety of charitable initiatives that positively impacted the community.
The winners of this year's awards will be announced later in October and presented at the Baseball Winter Meetings in December in Orlando, Florida.
Frisco RoughRiders 2017 MiLB Award Nominations
John Henry Moss Community Service Award: Is awarded to a club that demonstrates an outstanding, on-going commitment to charitable service, support and leadership within their local community and within the baseball industry.
John H. Johnson President's Award: The Johnson award honors a "complete" baseball franchise that has demonstrated franchise stability and significant contributions to its community, league and the baseball industry.
Larry MacPhail Award: Is given to a club that demonstrates outstanding and creative marketing and promotional efforts within its community, its ballpark in media and other promotional materials.
Rawlings Female Executive of the Year (Kathryne Buckley): The Rawlings Award is presented to a woman who has made outstanding contributions to her club, her league or baseball.
"To be nominated by the Texas League in these four categories is a tremendous honor," RoughRiders Executive Vice President & General Manager Jason Dambach said. "The RoughRiders strive every day to be one of the premier franchises in all of Minor League Baseball. These nominations are a tribute the quality of the people that make up the RoughRiders organization, their continued commitment to excellence and the franchise's place as a proud partner in our community."
RoughRiders Chief Operating Officer Scott Burchett recently received the Texas League's Bill Valentine Executive of the Year Award.
The RoughRiders open the 2018 season April 5 at Dr Pepper Ballpark. Season tickets and ticket packages are now available at RidersBaseball.com, (972) 731-9200 and the RoughRiders Ticket Office.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 13 seasons (2005-2017). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. The new ownership group, together with the city of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise improvements over the past three seasons, investing nearly $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a new state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the newest and biggest creation, the 174-foot Choctaw Lazy River. The upgrades made prior to the 2015 season earned the Riders and the City of Frisco "Best Ballpark Renovation" of 2015 by Ballpark Digest. The same publication also honored the Choctaw Lazy River as the best ballpark improvement over $1 million for the 2016 season. More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Art Garcia at AGarcia@RidersBaseball.com or Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.