BILOXI, MS - Biloxi Shuckers play-by-play broadcaster Chris Harris has been named the Southern League's Radio Broadcaster of the Year for the 2017 season, the league announced on Wednesday. It marks the second such honor in Harris' nine-year Minor League broadcasting career. The award is voted on by the league's broadcasters and general managers.
Harris, 33, completed his third season with the Shuckers in 2017. Before his time in Biloxi, he spent six seasons with the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx and Jackson Generals in the Southern League. In 2013, Harris won his first Southern League Broadcaster of the Year for his work with the Generals.
"We would like to congratulate Chris Harris for winning this well-deserved award," said Shuckers general manager Chuck Arnold. "Chris has a true passion for the Biloxi Shuckers and is a great representative of our organization and the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is the utmost professional, so it is no surprise that the Southern League would recognize him with this honor."
The "Voice of the Shuckers" has been instrumental in the growth of baseball in Biloxi, leading public relations efforts for the team's Inaugural season and 54-game road trip in 2015 and overseeing national coverage of the franchise's historic start. He established the Biloxi Shuckers Radio Network as one of the most extensive in all of Minor League Baseball, with flagship station WGCM and five affiliates across South Mississippi.
"It's an incredible honor to receive this award, and it wouldn't be remotely possible without our amazing fans, front office staff, my on-air partner this season Erik Bremer, talented production team and our players and coaches," said Harris. "It's been a privilege to be a part of this franchise and Mississippi Gulf Coast community from the very beginning, and it is exciting to see its growth and trajectory. There are talented broadcasters throughout the Southern League that put in hard work each day to bring fans closer to the game. I'm proud to be a part of this group of talented individuals."
The Lexington, Tennessee native has broadcasted 1,267 Southern League games consecutively since his first season in 2009, which includes 20 playoff games and the 2011 All-Star Game in Jackson, TN.
The Shuckers were also recognized by the Southern League as a nominee for the league's Community Service Award for the club's various community outreach efforts. From theme nights to jersey auctions, the Shuckers made a financial and symbolic impact on the Mississippi Gulf Coast community throughout the 2017 season. Chuck Arnold, General Manager, and Jenifer Truong, Community Relations & Promotions Coordinator, received nominations for the Southern League's Executive of the Year and Outstanding Employee of the Year.
The Shuckers have also recently been deemed a finalist for Minor League Baseball's Golden Bobblehead Award for the organizations efforts in the Hattiesburg/Petal tornado cleanup and relief efforts, and William Carey vs. Biloxi Shuckers Exhibition Charity Game. The winner will be announced at the seventh annual Golden Bobblehead Awards presentations on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greeneville, SC.
The Shuckers open up their 2018 season on the road at Montgomery before their home opener against Mississippi on April 11. More information on the fourth season of Biloxi Shuckers baseball will be available at biloxishuckers.com as the offseason progresses.
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