October 19, 2017 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Sugar Land Skeeters
SKEETERS ORGANIZATION EARNS POST-SEASON RECOGNITION Skeeters Honored with Executive of the Year, Community Service Award
SUGAR LAND, TX - The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced its 2017 Post-Season Club Awards winners, including special recognitions for team accomplishments both on and off the field. Sugar Land Skeeters President Jay Miller has been recognized as the Joe Klein Executive of the Year, and the Skeeters organization earned the Outstanding Club Community Service Award.
Miller, one of the most highly respected executives in professional baseball, was named Skeeters president in December 2015 and is a 36-year veteran working in major and minor league baseball. During two separate stints, he served more than a decade with the Round Rock Express as the inaugural General Manager, Team President and COO of Ryan Sanders Baseball.
Between stints with Round Rock, Miller served four years with the Texas Rangers as Executive Vice President focused on customer service. This dedication to superior customer service and overall fan experience has been an integral part of the Skeeters organization. "Jay Miller has been a breath of fresh air to our organization," said Skeeters co-owner Bob Zlotnik. "His can-do attitude, emphasis on teamwork and his personal commitment to customer service is contagious. This award is well deserved."
The award takes on a special meaning following the recent passing of Atlantic League Executive Director Joe Klein, with whom Miller worked closely during his time with the Texas Rangers. "This award is a huge honor since it's voted on by my peers throughout the league, and I am very appreciative of the Zlotnik family for hiring me," Miller said. "This award also has special meaning because of its namesake, Joe Klein, whom was my boss and a close friend of mine with the Rangers."
The Sugar Land Skeeters have also been honored with the Outstanding Club Community Service Award. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, much of the greater Houston area was left in devastation and residents were displaced throughout the city. The Skeeters offered Constellation Field as an emergency shelter and staging area to help local residents and collected food, water, and clothing donations for those in need. Approximately 300 residents stayed at the ballpark as temporary shelter.
"I don't believe opening our stadium as a temporary shelter is worthy of an award. It was the least we could do to help our community that has been so supportive of the Skeeters and Constellation Field," said Skeeters co-owner Marcie Zlotnik. "I view it as an honor to be able to give back and really make a difference to those in need. I couldn't be prouder of our staff and our community volunteers for their 'round-the-clock' effort in making our guests feel welcome and as comfortable as possible."
Following the hurricane, the Skeeters held a four-game homestand against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in which the organization collected fan donations and held a blood drive to assist the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. In addition to monetary donations, the Skeeters also collected school supplies and offered first responders and evacuees free admission for every remaining home game of the season. The Skeeters Baseball Foundation, spearheaded by owners Bob and Marcie Zlotnik, matched fan donations throughout the homestand for a total of $20,000 that was donated to disaster relief. Dozens of volunteers from the community were also able to help work concession stands due to displaced game day employees.
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About the Sugar Land Skeeters The Skeeters play at Constellation Field, a state-of-the-art stadium located at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land. The Skeeters are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) and play 140 regular season games. The Skeeters Baseball Foundation promotes youth education and healthy activities lifestyles by providing support to culturally, racially and economically diverse areas of the community. For more information please call 281-240-4487 or visit sugarlandskeeters.com.