Yes, it’s that time of year again: The season for the annual Ballpark Digest Awards. Each year we honor the best and the brightest in all of baseball–MLB, MiLB, indy, summer collegiate, college–with a series of awards, culminating with our choices for best new ballpark and best ballpark renovations.
Last year saw a record of submissions from every level of baseball, and we want to break that record this year.
We’re looking for nominations in these 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. 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?
Best Ballpark Improvement. It doesn’t take a ballpark renovation for a team or municipality to improve a facility; sometimes all it takes is a little imagination.
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.
We’ve tentatively settled on the main awards concerning new ballpark and outstanding renovations, but if you have an opinion, go ahead and send it in: the more the merrier! And feel free to pass this email to your opinionated ballpark fans: the more input, the better the decisions we make. And if there’s no clear-cut winner in a category, we’ll honor co-winners. We want to hear both from teams and fans. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submissions: Sept. 14, 2014.
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