And The Winner Is…
As regular readers of this fine blog are well aware, I have spent an inordinate amount of time over the past month covering the Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy. I have run interviews with representatives of each of the 11 teams nominated for the award, and in the introduction to each of these interviews I made it clear that the overall winner would be announced at the Winter Meetings Awards Luncheon on December 3.
Well, I lied. The trophy will merely be presented at the Awards Luncheon. The winner, in fact, has already been announced: The Midwest League’s West Michigan Whitecaps.
Yesterday, I wrote a "proper" article on the Whitecaps’ MacPhail Award victory (which was announced by Minor League Baseball on Monday). It can be found here. As is fast becoming my policy, I would rather not rehash one of my articles on this fine blog. Instead, I prefer to add a few additional observations.
— I love the Whitecaps’ policy of staging "Big Top Tuesdays", in which circus-type acts are brought
to the ballpark. Whitecaps Promotions Coordinator Brian Oropallo mentioned to me that Quick Change was a huge hit at the ballpark last season, and that Rubberboy puts on a truly amazing show. This year, he is looking forward to seeing the Human Slinky perform, and Mad Chad the Chainsaw Juggler is on the promotional calendar as well.
— The MacPhail Trophy was first presented in 1966, and since then only two other Midwest League teams have won the award. Cedar Rapids was named a co-winner in 1976, and Kane County emerged victorious in 1995.
— I mentioned this in one of yesterday’s posts, but the Whitecaps’ 2008 promotional schedule is highlighted by the Dave Rozema Bobble-leg Giveaway on July 9. Make plans to attend that game now, or get gouged on eBay later.