The Grizzlies were selected after team owners, general managers, head coaches, players, umpires, and league officials voted on various areas of concentration regarding the 2012 season. Gastonia previously won the honor back in 2002.
“Ken and Bette (Silver), Jesse (Cole), Lauren (Lee), Emily (McDonald), and the whole Grizzlies staff have done a solid job in creating a successful atmosphere in Gastonia,” said Coastal Plain League President and Commissioner Pete Bock. “The Grizzlies have shown great strides of improvement over the last few years and this award celebrates their achievements both at the ballpark and in the community. We are happy to honor the Gastonia Grizzlies and recognize not only the organization, but their fans and the community with being named our 2012 Organization of the Year.”
Gastonia received high marks in several areas, including – but not limited to – on-field promotions, strong communication with teams and league office personnel, overall professionalism and sportsmanship on the field, postgame meals, offering a good, reliable, and informative CPL WebPass broadcast and CPL Live stats, and exhibited a true, positive relationship with the community.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 16th season in 2012, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. Further more,the CPL has had over 1,000 alumni drafted and 55 alums – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut thus far. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at http://www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to friend us on Facebook (at http://www.facebook.com/coastalplainleague) and follow us via Twitter (as cpleague).