SOUTHERN LEAGUE ANNOUNCES YEAR-END AWARD WINNERS
MARIETTA, GA – The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce the winners of the 2003 Southern League year-end awards as voted upon by League General Managers. League Field Managers voted for the Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant award and Radio Broadcasters also voted for Radio Broadcaster of the Year award. The winners are as follows:
JIMMY BRAGAN Executive of the Year
Peter Bragan, Jr. – Jacksonville Suns
Jacksonville’ Suns Vice President and General Manager, Peter Bragan, Jr., was named the 2003 Southern League Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year. Bragan has worked hard to make the 2003 season one of the most successful ever in the Jacksonville Suns’ illustrious history. Bragan saw a long-time dream come to fruition in 2003 when the Suns opened the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, their multi-million dollar state-of-the-art stadium. One of the top parks in the country, the Baseball Grounds helped the Suns set their all-time attendance record as 359,979 fans came through the turnstiles at a league-leading 5,454 per opening. Bragan and the Suns also hosted a very successful Southern League All-Star game in 2003 giving the sellout crowd and visiting guests a magnificent show.
Bragan has been with the Suns for 18-years, the longest tenure of any Southern League General Manager. Together with his father, Jacksonville Suns’ President, Peter Bragan, Bragan’s fun and exciting ideas help the Jacksonville Suns continually rank as a top franchise in Minor League Baseball.
Radio Broadcaster of the Year
Patrick Kinas – Carolina Mudcats
Patrick Kinas was named the 2003 Southern League Radio Broadcaster of the Year. Kinas is an 11-year veteran of Minor League Baseball and is currently in his fifth season as the Director of Broadcasting for the Carolina Mudcats. Kinas began his baseball career in 1993 with the Midwest League’s Clinton LumberKings. Before joining the Mudcats in 1999 he spent two seasons with the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League. Kinas is also the voice of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack women’s basketball program in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Patrick Kinas received his MA in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University in 1994, two years after completing his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Communications at Millikin University.
Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant
Ken Dunlap – Birmingham Barons
Ken Dunlap was honored for his superior service by being named the Best Visiting Clubhouse Attendant in the Southern League in 2003. This is Dunlap’s 10th season working for the Barons in Birmingham and the fourth time he has been honored with the award. His staff includes Lance Shirley, Russ Moore and Scott Barnes. Originally from Pensacola, FL, Dunlap graduated from the University of West Florida with a BA in Physical Education. Dunlap earned his MS in Recreation Administration from the University of Mississippi. Dunlap has been at the University of Alabama as the Intramural Director since 1988. Dunlap also owns and operates a television sports production company.
Sportswriter of the Year
Jim Davis – The Mountain Press
Jim Davis of The Mountain Press was named the 2003 Southern League co-Sportswriter of the Year for his exceptional coverage of the Tennessee Smokies and the Southern League. Davis has been with The Mountain Press for 20 years after starting in the beginning as the sports editor of the three-day-a-week paper. Davis has covered the Tennessee Smokies since their move to Smokies Park in Sevier County in 2000. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Davis is the former President of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA). Jim Davis is a 3-time TSWA Division II Writer of the Year.
David Paschall – Chattanooga Times Free Press
David Paschall of The Chattanooga Times Free Press was named the 2003 Southern League co-Sportswriter of the Year for his outstanding coverage of the Chattanooga Lookouts and the Southern League. Paschall has been at the Times Free Press since 1990 (formerly the Chattanooga News Free Press and Chattanooga Free Press) and has been the Lookouts’ primary writer for the last two years. Most of Paschall’s 14 years with the newspaper has been spent covering Southeastern Conference football with an emphasis the past four years on the University of Georgia. A graduate of Auburn University, Paschall became the youngest member to serve on the Board of Directors of the Football Writers Association of America in 1992. He has had stories picked up by the New York Times and Sports Illustrated.
The Southern League also announced its nominations for the three major post-season awards to be selected by Minor League Baseball and to be awarded at the 2003 Baseball Winter Meetings in New Orleans, Louisiana:
Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy:
Bill Shanahan, Vice President/General Manager of the Mobile BayBears
John H. Johnson President’s Trophy:
Peter Bragan, Jr., Vice President/General Manager of the Jacksonville Suns
Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year:
Kirstin Rayborn, Director of Marketing and Sales, Mobile BayBears