San Jose Giants Named 2009 Bob Freitas Award Winner

PRESS RELEASE – The San Jose Giants are proud to announce they have received Baseball America’s 2009 Bob Freitas Award at the Class-A level, recognizing the club as an outstanding franchise that has achieved long-term success in Minor League Baseball. The announcement was made by Baseball America on Thursday and the San Jose Giants will be presented with the award at next week’s Winter Meetings in Indianapolis.

The Freitas Awards are presented annually to one team at the Triple-A, Double-A, Class-A and Short-Season levels. They are named after the late Bob Freitas, a long-time minor league operator, promoter and ambassador who passed away in 1989. Clubs are considered for the award based on a sustained display of excellence, including steady attendance, long-term consistency and contribution to the surrounding community. It marks the second time in franchise history that the San Jose Giants have won the Freitas Award as the club also claimed the top honor after the 1990 season. San Jose is the first Class-A team in the history of the award to have won twice.

“This has been an amazing year in San Jose both on-and-off the field and the Freitas Award is the culmination of a record-breaking championship season that truly was magical,” said San Jose Giants President and CEO Jim Weyermann. “To be the only Class-A team to win this award twice is an incredible honor and it wouldn’t have happened without the hard work of our staff and the tremendous support we’ve received from our fans, sponsors, the San Francisco Giants and the entire community.”

In addition to winning the Class-A Freitas Award from Baseball America, the Giants were also recognized last month as the winner of the prestigious John H. Johnson President’s Trophy by Minor League Baseball.

The Freitas Award caps off a record-setting 2009 championship season for the Giants. Here is a breakdown of the Giants accomplishments this year:

* Named the winner of the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy, the top award given by Minor League Baseball. The criteria for the award is based on franchise stability, contributions to League stability, contributions to baseball in the community and promotion of the baseball industry.

* Set all-time franchise attendance and revenue records. The Giants combined regular season and postseason total attendance was 223,107 fans. The 2009 season also eclipsed all revenue numbers in the history of the franchise, a record 21% increase in total revenue based on an attendance increase of 16% over the previous season.

* Recorded four out of the top six single-game attendance marks in team history, including a season-high 5,719 fans on July 27.

* Raised over $300,000 for youth sports in the region and $100,000 for non-profit organizations.

* General Manager Mark Wilson was selected as the California League Executive of the Year.

* Raised the necessary funding to present the official City of San Jose July 4th fireworks display at the ballpark and the surrounding fields located at San Jose State University.

* In partnership with Comcast, the Giants produced several community programs unrelated to baseball at Municipal Stadium that were free to the public, including Free Movie Nights and Gigante’s Halloween Party.

* Athletic Trainer Yukiya Oba honored as the California League Trainer of the Year.

The San Jose Giants open their 2010 season on Monday, April 12th at Municipal Stadium vs. the Visalia Rawhide. The Opening Night Extravaganza will include a post-game fireworks display, 2010 magnet schedule giveaway, the return of Gigante and much more. For more information on tickets for the 2010 season please call (408) 297-1435 or visit www.sjgiants.com.

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