RubberDucks general manager Jim Pfander has been named the Eastern League executive of the year, the league announced Wednesday.
An Akron native, Pfander oversaw a franchise that this year drew more than 35,000 fans, hosted the EL All-Star Game and Home Run Derby for the first time and won its fifth league championship.
“It is truly a staff award,” Pfander said in a release. “We, as a staff, accomplished some amazing things in 2016 and this award would not be possible without the hard working team we have in place in the Akron front office.”
The RubberDucks were nominated this week by the EL for the John H. Johnson President’s Award, the highest honor in minor league baseball.
“Jim’s remarkable creativity and passion for Minor League Baseball, coupled with the love of his hometown of Akron, makes this recognition even more special,” RubberDucks owner Ken Babby said in a release Wednesday.
“Simply put, Jim is the finest executive in our industry and I am honored to have him as a partner leading our organization. On behalf of all of us with the RubberDucks, we are overjoyed by this incredibly well-deserved honor.”
Pfander will receive the award on Dec. 5 at the opening session of the Baseball Winter Meetings in National Harbor, Md.