The award is presented yearly to the league’s top executive and is selected by the league’s Board of Directors and General Managers. The announcement put out by the league describes the award as “presented to an individual who has had a successful season in the areas of leadership, concessions, general park operations, ticket sales, community involvement and other baseball operations.”
Tornow, GM of the Clinton baseball club since 1999, guided the LumberKings to a highly successful 2010 season that included the second-largest attendance in franchise history. A total of 123,553 fans came to Alliant Energy Field, second only to the 127,251 attendance record set by the 1988 Clinton Giants. The LumberKings enjoyed additional success on the field this year as they won the Midwest League West Division title and appeared in the championship series for the first time since 1993.
“It’s a very humbling experience to be voted as the Executive of the Year by my peers across the league,” said Tornow. “All the success we’ve had is thanks to the tireless work and dedication of my staff. I couldn’t ask for a better group to work with, and I share this award with them.”
This is Tornow’s second Executive of the Year award in 27 years in professional baseball. His previous award came from the Pioneer League in 1996 when he was the general manager of the Butte (MT) Copper Kings. He’s also worked for and operated clubs in Green Bay (WI), Memphis (TN), Huntsville (AL) and Jackson (MS).
The award will be formally presented to Tornow at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, FL this December.
For more information on Tornow or the 2010 West Division Champion Clinton LumberKings, call 563-242-0727 or visit http://www.lumberkings.com.