The Hartford Yard Goats have been recognized by the Eastern League for two major awards and are the finalists for the awards across all of Minor League Baseball.
The Yard Goats have been named the Eastern League's top “Community Service Club” in 2019, and best “Promotional Club” for the second straight year, the team announced Thursday is a press release. The Yard Goats are a finalist for two major awards from Minor League Baseball, the prestigious John Henry Moss and Larry MacPhail Awards, according to the team.
The John Henry Moss Award is given to the club which demonstrates an outstanding, on-going commitment to charitable service, support and leadership, and the Larry MacPhail Award goes to the club that has demonstrated outstanding and creative marketing and promotional effort.
The Yard Goats could be the first ever team from the state of Connecticut to win the awards, and are one of 14 league finalists selected from 160 minor league clubs across America.
The John Henry Moss Award and the Larry MacPhail Award will be presented by Minor League Baseball in December at the 2019 Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego, California. The John Henry Moss Award is named after the key contributor to the development of Minor League Baseball, by stressing the importance of providing quality, wholesome, family-friendly entertainment at an affordable price. The Larry MacPhail Award is named after the Hall of Fame executive, considered one of baseball's great innovators.
“Since the inception of the Hartford Yard Goats, we have made great efforts to delight our fans with in-game promotions, on-field promotions, and creative marketing and social media, along with making a difference in the community,” Yard Goats President Tim Restall said. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by the Eastern League and Minor League Baseball for these efforts.”
In addition to the several fan-friendly promotions, the Yard Goats have also focused on increasing outreach by continuing unique community programs such as the Young Ambassadors Program, Youth Performing Arts Program, Youth Culinary Arts Program, Fitness, Program, and Dance Team. The Yard Goats have the “Aetna Community Center” at Dunkin’ Donuts Park as a home base for these programs, which allow several high school students to receive leadership training, and to be educated on a variety of topics including personal branding, money management, good study habits, college readiness, performing on stage, and cooking. When the program concludes, a dinner is held with a graduation ceremony at the ballpark for the students and their families.
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