Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson has been named the Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year in the Double-A Southern League, as voted upon by his peers.Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson has been named the Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year in the Double-A Southern League, as voted upon by his peers.
In his fifth year as Barons General Manager, Nelson earns his first league executive of the year honor. It is the fifth time a member of the Birmingham’s front office has won the award, and the first since Bill Hardekopf in 1994.
"I am humbled and honored to be recognized with this award by my Southern League colleagues," Nelson said. "I had the fortune of working in this league while Jimmy Bragan presided over it, and to receive this award is a tremendous honor.
In his 17th year in professional baseball, Nelson spearheaded the production of a well-received All-Star Game celebration in mid-July. It was the first time since 1985 that the Barons hosted the mid-summer classic, and each of the festivities had a distinct Birmingham flair.
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