Silver honored by Baseball America
Publication lauds work in Rochester, Batavia
By Nick Sciarratta / Rochester Red Wings
Red Wings Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer Naomi Silver has been named Minor League Baseball’s Executive of the Year by Baseball America. Silver accepted the award Dec. 9 at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nevada. Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was honored as BA's Major League Manager of the Year at the same event.
“I am extremely proud and appreciative of this recognition,” said Silver. “None of the work I do would be possible without a supportive board of directors led by Gary Larder, and the best staff in minor league baseball, led by the incomparable Dan Mason. We have such a solid baseball tradition in Rochester, and our fans and sponsors recognize this organization as one of the most solid companies in the area. All of this is what has made it possible for me to be named Minor League Baseball’s Executive of the Year. Getting this award is a tremendous honor.”
Baseball America President and Publisher Lee Folger stated: "Naomi Silver of the Rochester Red Wings is the Baseball America 2008 Minor League Executive of the Year for many good reasons. Naomi and the Red Wings organization have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the Rochester region and recently, Batavia. The history of the Silver family and the organization shows how a dedicated operator creates the community involvement that is the foundation of a successful team/city partnership. From the involvement with community and youth groups to the emphasis on a family-friendly atmosphere, the Red Wings are a model for other baseball organizations regarding their engagement with their market. That philosophy extends to even the hardest decisions regarding stadiums and markets. While there may have been opportunities to relocate to faster-growing markets or newer facilities, the Red Wings never wavered in finding ways to keep baseball in Rochester thriving. That same spirit was shown in the decision to assume responsibility for Batavia. In 2008, it is especially appropriate to recognize the commitment that Naomi Silver and the Red Wings have brought to the baseball fans in their part of New York state."
Baseball America's Major League Executive of the Year, Boston's Theo Epstein, received his award at the event. Tampa Bay was chosen Organization of the Year, wth their award accepted by Executive Vice President Andrew Friedman.
Baseball America's Awards issue opens with an impressive two-page ad featuring former Wings pitcher Francisco Liriano. Also in the current BA: a positive Organization Report Card for the Minnesota Twins which concludes with the statement that "...Minnesota should be well positioned to remain in contention for years to come," and a two-page spread on the 2009 International League Hall of Fame Inductions. The IL Hall of Fame feature includes photos of the ceremony at Frontier Field honoring Joe Altobelli and Morrie Silver's inductions.