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VERO BEACH -- Brady Ballard has been honored as 2013 Florida State League Executive of the Year for his work with the Daytona Cubs.
Mr. Ballard was recently named vice president, Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach by President and CEO Peter O'Malley. Mr. Ballard, the former general manager of the Daytona Cubs for the past four seasons, was an eight-year member of their front office.
"This is an award that is a long time coming. Brady did an excellent job in promotions, in attendance and he also works very well in the community, including a school education program that brings kids to the ballpark," said Chuck Murphy, president of the Florida State League. "He's very organized, intelligent and has got great initiative. It was a rough year for the club because of heavy rains and they lost games, but regardless of all that they set attendance records. He would be the first one out there with a squeegee mop to prepare the field and stadium. Brady would never ask anyone to do anything that he wouldn't do himself. He's a fine young man."
The award will be presented to Ballard at Baseball's Winter Meetings in Orlando, Dec. 10-11.
Previous FSL Executive of the Year recipients have included former Vero Beach Dodgers general managers Terry Reynolds in 1980, 1983 and 1985 and Tom Simmons in 1991. Reynolds, a former director of Dodgertown in 1988, now serves the Cincinnati Reds as senior director of professional and global scouting, while Simmons is in his 12th year as director of athletics at Ohio Northern University in Ada.
Mr. Ballard is winding up his responsibilities with the Daytona Cubs this week and will report to Historic Dodgertown - Vero Beach to begin his work there on October 8.
He and his wife, Gina, are making plans to relocate to the Vero Beach community from South Daytona.
For more information, Visit historicdodgertown.com.