The State College Spikes have been named the winner of the 2013 Bob Freitas Award for the Class-A Short Season level, according to a news release Friday.
The honors are awarded by Baseball America magazine and announced in the most recent issue. The Spikes will be honored during the Minor League Baseball annual awards Dec. 9 in Orlando, Fla.
The Freitas Awards is named for Minor League Baseball ambassador Bob Freitas. The award has given out since 1989.
“Being recognized as the winner of this distinguished Minor League Baseball award is a tremendous honor and a fitting way to conclude what was the most successful season, both on and off the field, in Spikes history,” Chuck Greenberg, Spikes’ chairman and managing partner, said in the news release. “This recognition is a testament to the outstanding work done by our talented management team and staff and also illustrates the special connection the team has with our loyal fans from the Centre Region and all of Central Pennsylvania.”
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The Spikes had their best-ever season this year, with a 48-27 record, a division title and a trip to the New York-Penn League Championship Series, according to the news release. This season was the first as an affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League team.
The team also enjoyed its best overall attendance since 2008.