PRESS RELEASE – Baseball America announced the Iowa Cubs franchise has been awarded the 2009 Bob Freitas “Organization of the Year” Award for the Triple-A level for the Iowa’s successful 2009 campaign and continued contribution to Minor League Baseball.
The Bob Freitas Awards are handed out annually by Baseball America to the top Minor League teams at the Triple-A, Double-A, Single-A and short-season levels.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from Baseball America. It is a testament to the hard work of our full-time staff all the way to our game day staff and speaks to what the Iowa Cubs organization strives to be each year. Through solid partnerships with our parent club, the Chicago Cubs, the city of Des Moines and our fans we hope to bring quality baseball and quality entertainment to the area for many, many years,” said General Manager Sam Bernabe.
This past season Iowa finished five games out of first place and in third place in the American Northern division in the 16-team Pacific Coast League. This season 536,872 fans came to watch the Iowa Cubs play at Principal Park. It was the fifth time in six years that Iowa has seen over a half million fans come through the gates.
The Freitas Award is named in honor of longtime Minor League Ambassador Bob Freitas and is awarded to franchises not on yearly attendance, but rather to clubs that are “on a path of long-term excellence and true parts of their communities.” This marks the second time Iowa has won this prestigious award, the first time being in 1992.
The Iowa Cubs will be presented the award at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Indianapolis next week. Other winners are the AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Class-A San Jose Giants and short-season Tri-City ValleyCats.
The Iowa Cubs open the 2010 season on April 8 against the Nashville Sounds at 6:35 p.m. at Principal Park. Season tickets are on sale now by calling the Iowa Cubs at 515-243-6111.