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Greenville Drive Honored with 2012 Bob Freitas Award

November 27, 2012 - South Atlantic League (SAL) Greenville Drive

DURHAM, NC - Baseball America announced today that the winner of the 2012 Bob Freitas Award for the A Level classification was the Greenville Drive.

"The Greenville Drive is a great example of a franchise committing to a downtown partnership with a new facility, unique ballpark features and amenities as well as affordable family entertainment. We are pleased to recognize the Greenville Drive as the 2012 Bob Freitas Award winner for the A Level classification in minor league baseball," said Lee Folger, President/Publisher of Baseball America.

Since 1989, Baseball America has recognized excellence in minor league franchise operations with the Bob Freitas Awards at the Winter Meetings. The awards are named after Bob Freitas, the storied long-time minor league baseball operator, promoter and ambassador, who passed away in 1989.

The Bob Freitas Awards are designed to recognize the long-term excellence of minor league operations. Franchises are not eligible for nomination until their fifth season of existence. The criteria for evaluation include the following:

Community involvement

Long-term business success

Consistent operational excellence

The Bob Freitas Awards winners are announced in the Baseball America end of year special Awards issue, cover date December 12 th. The awards are presented to the winning organizations at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings. The special Awards issue mails this week to subscribers and will appear on newsstands soon. The 2012 Bob Freitas Awards winner stories will be released on the Baseball America website, www.BaseballAmerica.com on November 27, 2012. In addition, the Baseball America iMag Apple Newsstand edition as well as the Digital Edition of the Awards Issue will also be available on November 29th .

Baseball America provides in-depth coverage of every level of baseball, from high school and college to the minors all the way to the major leagues. Baseball America publishes a print edition 26 times per year and the company's website, www.baseballamerica.com, features exclusive content updated daily. Baseball America also publishes several annual reference books such as its Almanac, Directory, Prospect Handbook, Super Register, and Great Parks Calendar.

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