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A reminder: It’s time for 2013 Ballpark Digest Award nominations

Ballpark DigestA gentle reminder: We want to see your nominations for the 2013 Ballpark Digest Awards, to be announced in September.

Each year we honor accomplishments in the baseball-business world, with honorees coming from the MLB, MiLB, independent, summer-collegiate and college ranks.

Here are the categories:

Promotion of the Year. Promotions are the heart and soul of professional baseball. What team showed the most imagination in bringing a new promotion to fans? We like to see flair and imagination, as well as effectiveness, when it comes to noteworthy promotions.

Best New Logo/Branding. What teams overhauled their looks to a positive effect? What team successfully enhanced their image with a new branding?

Best New Food Item. What new ballpark food item made your mouth water?

Best Marketing. This could be a radio spot, a TV spot, an Internet spot or a scoreboard spot.

Organization of the Year. What front office boosted the fortunes of their team to best effect? We’re looking to honor the entire front-office team here.

Executive of the Year. Who is a leading light in the front office, making an impact on the game?

Broadcaster of the Year. Who notably calls a game? 

Editor’s Choice. We use this as a wild-card category; past winners have included MiLB for charity efforts and the Cape Cod League for sending a league baseball to space.

Best Ballpark Renovation (under $1 million). A smart operator makes ballpark improvements every year, and most of these efforts cost under a million dollars.

Best Ballpark Renovation (over $1 million). What large-scale renovation best impacted operations and gave a fresh start to fans and a franchise?

Best New Ballpark. No reason to define this category.

You don’t need to send us nominations for new ballpark and renovated ballparks: we have those nominees and finalists in the can. (We also have a surprise or two in these awards as well.) We want to hear both from teams and fans. We’ve already received some thoughtful and surprising nominations, and we certainly want to hear from you. Send your thoughts to The deadline for submissions: Sept. 15, 2013.


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