Lincoln Saltdogs Vice President and General Manager Tim Utrup was named American Association Executive of the Year, as voted by league managers and media personnel.
This is the second time the American Association has issued the award, and Utrup has won it on both occasions (2006). He has now earned top general manager honors three times since the Saltdogs began play in 2001.
The Saltdogs were in the playoff race all the way down to the wire this season, finishing above the .500 mark for the 10th time in the club’s 11-year existence, all with Utrup in the GM chair. The club also sent a record five players to Major League Baseball organizations in 2011.
Utrup began his career in pro baseball in 1992 with the Boise Hawks (short season A; Northwest League). He then moved to the Sioux City Explorers from 1993-2000, where he worked his way to the top of the organization’s ladder before being named the first general manager of the Saltdogs prior to the 2001 season.
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