We are fast approaching the deadline on nominations for Ballpark Digest Awards. So far we’ve received information from teams ranging from Major League Baseball to summer-collegiate front offices. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Sept. 14 by the end of business day.
One question we’ve received multiple times: how to format a submission. Really, there’s no set format, and how we receive the information doesn’t factor into any of our decisions. As long as we can understand it — yes, even, a short email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org — we’re fine.
Here are the categories:
Executive of the Year (2014 winner: Charlotte Knights EVP/COO) Dan Rajkowski)
Best Marketing Campaign (2014 winner: Lehigh Valley IronPigs)
Team of the Year (2014 winner: Fort Wayne TinCaps)
Ballpark Renovations (2014 winners: Durham Bulls Athletic Park and Simmons Field)
Best Ballpark Improvement (2014 winner: Modern Woodmen Park)
Best New Food Item (2014 winner: Big Apple, Fort Wayne TinCaps)
Editor’s Choice (2014 winner: Curtis Granderson Stadium)
Best Promo (2014 winners: Kalamazoo Grizzlies and Myrtle Beach Pelicans)
Best Charity Event (New)
Best New Product for the Industry (New)
Organization of the Year (2014 winner: Big Top Baseball)
Best New Logo/Branding (2014 winner: Akron RubberDucks)
Broadcaster of the Year (2014 winner: Steve Klauke, Salt Lake Bees)
We are likely to refine this list further after all the submissions are in. (Let’s just say it was a good year for ballpark renovations!) At this point, we want to see your nominations. We usually receive 400 or pages of documentation from teams and PR agencies making a pitch for an award, and these presentations are a great help. But you don’t need to create a big presentation to nominate yourself, your team or your friend for an award: All we need is an email (email@example.com). All submissions, of course, will be treated with absolute privacy, so go ahead and push your credentials!
Speaking of awards: The first one is in the books, as Best New Ballpark went to CHS FIeld, home of the St. Paul Saints. This year featured some great new ballparks, and in the end we had to make a difficult decision between CHS Field and First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds. Both are great ballparks, and you can read more about our decision here.