Best Team Operations:
Which team is doing the best job in their game operations and game presentation. We level the playing field by considering budget constraints to minor league teams. Consider creativity, value to fans, overcoming sport and budget limitations, quality of presentation, and attention to detail.
Winner: Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
This is the second award for the Rattlers this season who also won Minor League Baseball’s MacPhail Award. The Rattlers are noted as a very detail oriented team whose front office creativity helps create the “quintessential family-friendly entertainment experience” (as one f our more eloquent panelists noted).
The team balances funny and absurd promotions like Salute to Toilet Paper and their signature Salute to Cows with a reverence to the team’s strong historical baseball past.
One panelist also gave bonus points for having the only “evil” mascot in the Minors noting that “Gnaf is hilarious.”
Panelist Scott Carter (also Director of Marketing for the Durham Bulls) explained that some of the Rattler’s success hinges on their ability to promote and market their clever promotions and unique brand of entertainment. The Rattler’s are among the lead leaders in sharing their work via Youtube, which is an inexpensive and effective way to share their success with fans and marketers. [See the Timber Rattler’s YouTube Channel]
Honorable Mention: Charlestown Riverdogs
Their mission statement is clear: “The RiverDogs strive to ensure that you, the fans, get the absolute most from your ballpark experience.” And the Riverdogs are living up to their mission.
High profile events like this years Home Run Derby from an aircraft carrier may over-shadow the impressive day to day operations, but River Dog fans recognize the high value of their games. While attendance was down slightly on the year, much of that is related to poor weather in 2012, the positive buzz for the team locally and among baseball insiders remains strong.
- Best of 2011 – Colorado Eagles
- Best of 2010 – Leigh Valley Iron Pigs
- Best of 2009 – Fresno Grizzlies
- Best of 2008 – Fresno Grizzlies/Columbus Blue Jackets
- Best of 2007 – New Orleans Hornets
- Best of 2006 – Miami Heat
- Best of 2005 – Lakewood Blue Claws
- Best of 2004 – Pittsburgh Pirates/Atlanta Thrashers
- Best of 2003 – Dayton Dragons
- Best of 2002 – Saint Paul Saints
- Best of 2001 – Houston Comets
Also on Gameops.com
Listen to the Best of 2012 Audio Round Table discussing all the categories and winners with out panel of Cudo, Walker, Carter and Hill.
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Thanks to our panel for helping sort through all the great submissions and for sharing their time and insight.