Chris Duff Named Northwest League Executive of the Year

Spokane's Vice President/General Manager earns prestigious award for numerous contributions

Chris Duff has been named the 2014 Northwest League Executive of the Year. (Dustin Toms)

By Dustin Toms / Spokane Indians | October 11, 2014 2:53 PM

Spokane, WA -The Northwest League announced that Chris Duff, the Spokane Indians Vice President & General Manager, has been named Executive of the Year. Duff, who began his career with the Indians in 2002, has helped the Indians make significant strides as a business for over a decade.

Duff, an Atlanta area native, has been at the forefront of multiple Spokane Indians projects, including the team's rebranding in 2006, Avista Stadium's 2013 renovation project and the upcoming inaugural 2015 Northwest League/Pioneer League All-Star Game set for next August.

Spokane's latest development revolves around the always-budding 100-year relationship with the Spokane Tribe of Indians, who the baseball team is named after. This season, the team wore an alternate jersey with Salish script blazoned across the chest.

"Just as it is on the field, everything the Spokane Indians accomplish is a team effort," Duff said. "We work diligently 12 months each year to make sure Avista Stadium's 38 home games are Spokane's go to event for affordable family entertainment."

The Spokane Indians are coming off of a record-setting 2014 season. The team welcomed a total of 193,865 fans through the gates of Avista Stadium, an overall team record. Spokane averaged 5,240 fans per game, also an all-time high for the Short-Season club.

He is currently one of the driving forces behind the formation of Spokane Indians Youth Baseball, a partnership between Spokane Pony Baseball, Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Baseball, Spokane Youth Sports and the Spokane Indians Baseball Club.

The last Indians front office staff member to win the award was Andy Billig, now a Washington State Senator, in 2004. Billig is currently a Senior Advisor for the baseball team.

About the Indians

The Indians are the Short Season Class "A" affiliate for the Texas Rangers. Ticket Packages and Group Areas for the 2015 Spokane Indians season are now available! Click here to view the 2015 schedule. For more information, please visit www.spokaneindians.com or call (509) 343-6886 (OTTO). Parking at all Spokane Indians games is FREE!

The Spokane Indians are hosting the 2015 All-Star Game, between the Northwest League and Pioneer League, at Avista Stadium on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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