The independent Frontier League announced its end-of-the-season awards today, and the Southern Illinois Miners and Ryan Gates were the big winners.
The Southern Illinois Miners attracted over 200,000 fans for the fourth consecutive season, finishing the regular season with an average attendance of 4,253 fans, both enough to win Organization of the Year. The Miners were also host of the 2010 Frontier League All-Star Game.
Ryan Gates, winner of the Executive of the Year, has the Lake Erie Crushers in position to surpass the club’s 2009 attendance this weekend. In their second season of existence, Lake Erie has seen increases in both revenue and attendance at All Pro Freight Stadium, and will host the 2011 All-Star Game.
Drew Saylor was honored for his work in northeast Ohio as the Citizenship Award winner. Drew, who also serves as a volunteer coach for Cleveland State University, is in his second season with the Crushers and fifth season overall in professional baseball.
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