The Modesto Nuts were named the California League’s Organization of the Year for the second consecutive year, while VP/GM Mike Gorrasi was named exec of the year for the second consecutive year.
The Modesto Nuts set a franchise attendance record for the 5th consecutive season as 180,785 fans passed through the turnstile at John Thurman Field during the 2011 regular season. The record included a franchise-best 13 sellouts. The All-Star game sellout of 5,082 fans is not included in the overall attendance record. The season included four of the top eight highest attended games in franchise history (2nd, 3rd, 6th and 8th).
“The Modesto Nuts are proud to accept the California League’s Organization of the Year for the second consecutive season,” Gorrasi said. “The 2011 season will be remembered as one of the best in franchise history. In addition to an outstanding regular season on the field and at the box office, we were very proud to highlight the Modesto community during the All-Star Smash.
“On behalf of the entire staff and ownership group, I would like to thank our great business partners and fans. We are successful because of the amazing support we receive from the entire Modesto community,” said Gorrasi.
In addition to the Organization of the Year designation, Gorrasi was named the California League’s Executive of the Year for the 2nd consecutive season. Gorrasi has completed his 11th season in Modesto. He joined the Modesto staff following the 2000 season and was named general manager in January 2004. He assumed his current title prior to the 2008 season.
“It’s always special to be selected by your peers for an award like this,” said Gorrasi. “I share this award with the best front office in minor league baseball, the best ownership group in all of minor league sports and our outstanding Major League affiliate Colorado Rockies.”
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