Our focus this year was not on the show floor, but rather on a reception for the 2016 Ballpark Digest Award winners on Monday night. The turnout was spectacular, with all levels of pro baseball–MLB, MiLB from Triple-A to Rookie, independent–represented in the room. We had a wonderful seeing the many GMs, owners, C-level folks and broadcasters who were able to attend. We know the Winter Meetings are a very, very busy time for everyone, and we’re so happy so many of you could carve some time out of those packed schedules. And thanks to the Ballpark Digest editors who were there: Managing Editor Zach Spedden and Contributing Editors Mark Cryan and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler.
One highlight of the event: a video of the award winners produced with awards sponsor Populous, whose Daniel Molina took the small kernel of a format idea from me and turned it into a first-rate tribute to a group of the hardest-working folks in baseball:
Represented in this video: Chris Allen (Tennessee Smokies), Sean Aronson (St. Paul Saints), Billings Mustangs, Birmingham Barons, Columbia Fireflies, Fresno Grizzlies, Frisco RoughRiders, Johnson City Cardinals, Lansing Lugnuts, Lowell Spinners, Main Street Baseball, MLB, Omaha Storm Chasers, Quad Cities River Bandits, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Again, thanks to all who were at the reception, and thanks to the many folks we met in the course of our time at the Winter Meetings. It all is very much appreciated.