Fontana Wins MiLB Best Homer Award

By Salt Lake Bees | November 1, 2017 12:27 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (Nov. 1, 2017) - Bees infielder Nolan Fontana's walkoff inside-the-park home run was selected as the best home run in Minor League Baseball during the 2017. Fontana won a fan vote for the MiLBY on


With the game tied at 4 in the 11th inning Fontana slapped a line drive to the left field gap on the first pitch of the inning. Iowa outfielders Mark Zagunis and John Andreoli collided in the outfield trying to make the play allowing Fontana to complete the first walkoff inside-the-park home run in Salt Lake franchise history.

Video: Salt Lake's Fontana hits inside-the-parker

The home run came as a memorable end to the Bees annual pink night. Players wore black and pink jerseys that featured names of donors, cancer victims and survivors. Jersey and t-shirt sales combined with donations from Swing For Life raised $33,800 dollars for Huntsman Cancer Institute.

The 2018 Salt Lake Bees season begins on Thursday, April 5 at Smith's Ballpark against the Albuquerque Isotopes. A full schedule 2018 schedule is available now at

About the Salt Lake Bees

The Salt Lake Bees have spent 17 seasons as the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and will continue to be the top affiliate of the Angels through the 2020 season. While with Los Angeles, Salt Lake owns five division championships and two trips to the Pacific Coast League Finals. Smith's Ballpark, the home of the Bees, is consistently voted as one of the best ballparks in baseball, including a Top 10 Ballpark in the United States by Better Homes and Gardens. In 2015 the Bees were awarded the Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America as the top franchise in Triple-A. For more information visit

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