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My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps win top industry awards
My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps win top industry awards

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— The season is over, but the West Michigan Whitecaps still have three reasons to celebrate.

The Whitecaps were recently honored by Baseball America with the 2014 Bob Freitas Award, which is given to minor league clubs with the best overall operations for at least five years. The winners are selected based on recommendations by Minor League Baseball staff, including President Pat O'Conner, league presidents and long-standing baseball writers. The Whitecaps earned the same award in 1998, making them the second Class A team to win twice since the award’s inception in 1989.

“The Freitas Award is one of the most prestigious awards that a Minor League franchise can receive and we couldn't be more honored to be this year's designee,” said Lew Chamberlin, Whitecaps CEO and managing partner.  “The success that the award recognizes is the result of a lot of hard work on the part of our staff, the support of an incredibly engaged fan base and community, a terrific Major League partner (the Detroit Tigers), and a little bit of luck.  It's been an incredible year for us in so many different ways and we're very appreciative of this award.”

The Whitecaps also earned honors for exemplary service as a team and Whitecaps Vice President of Sales Steve McCarthy was named the 2014 Midwest League Executive of the Year. The team was presented the awards during the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego, California.