Minor League Baseball announced Thursday that the Mets' Class A Brooklyn affiliate has won the 2017 Larry MacPhail Award, presented annually to one Minor League franchise in recognition of "exceptional promotions and marketing efforts both on the field and in the community."
"On behalf of the entire Brooklyn Cyclones organization, we would like to thank Minor League Baseball for this prestigious honor," Cyclones vice president Steve Cohen said in a statement. "Our industry is filled with some of the most innovative and creative minds in the world, so to be singled out from the field of so many worthy nominees is truly humbling."
Nominated for the MacPhail Award for the third consecutive season, the Cyclones were selected out of a pool of 160 Minor League clubs, which was narrowed down to 14 finalists -- one from each league from Triple-A through Rookie ball. The Cyclones joined the Lowell Spinners (2000) as the only New York-Penn League teams to receive the award since 1966.
"Year after year, the Brooklyn Cyclones host some of the most creative, entertaining and memorable promotional events in all of Minor League Baseball, events that are appealing to fans of all ages, both locally and across the country," Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O'Conner said in a statement. "That the Cyclones have been nominated for more promotional awards than any other club over the last four seasons is a testament to their incredibly creative and talented staff, and their use of MCU Park for community and charitable events has been exemplary."
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