Home-run derbies are integral parts of All-Star Games, but the format has staled in recent years. By moving the competition to the USS Yorktown flight deck and bringing in some celebrity flash, the Charleston RiverDogs won Best Promotion of 2012 in the Ballpark Digest Awards.
2012 Promotion of the Year: Home-Run Derby, Charleston RiverDogs
2012 Organization of the Year: Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Forty sellouts, an enthralled fan base and a successful ballpark opening adds up to a very good debut season, making the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Class AA; Southern League) our choice for the 2012 Ballpark Digest Organization of the Year.
2012 Broadcaster of the Year: Donny Baarns
We continue our 2012 Ballpark Digest Awards with the announcement of the Broadcaster of the Year Award: Donny Baarns, the Voice of the Visalia Rawhide (High Class A; California League).
2012 Ballpark Renovation of the Year: Coveleski Stadium
Ballpark renovations should have one major goal: to turn the facility into a true destination. And that’s what happened this season in South Bend, making Coveleski Stadium renovations the clear choice for the 2012 Ballpark Renovation of the Year award.
2011 Editor's Choice Award: Cape Cod League's "Spaceball" Promotion
In the second-to-last Ballpark Digest Award for the 2011 season, we honor the Cape Cod League for a poignant remembrance of a victim of the 2011 Tucson shootings -- a young girl who happened to be a big baseball fan.
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