SAUGET, IL – Annually, Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee selects and recognizes teams, employees or special contributors to the League. These awards are named “The Commissioner’s Award of Excellence. They reward off the field performance and excellence. They are also for categories that are not normally recognized in the other League Awards. The 2017 awards were given to four different organizations and are as follows:

  • A Commissioner's Award of Excellence goes to the Traverse City Beach Bums for attracting their 2-millionth fan in the history of the team. Lee said “I want to congratulate the entire Beach Bums organization including the Wuerfel Family upon attaining this tremendous milestone.” The Beach Bums joins an exceptional group of teams who have reached this goal in the history of the Frontier League.
  • An Award of Excellence goes to Kathy Rebar of the AmericInn Hotel in Schaumburg Illinois. The AmericInn is the official visiting team hotel for the Schaumburg Boomers. She has just recently retired. “Kathy always made sure all Frontier League Players, Coaches, Managers, Umpires and Staff were treated royally. She made everyone look forward to going to the AmericInn,” said Lee. Its people like Cathy that has made Frontier League travelers to Schaumburg feel right at home.
  • The Lake Erie Crushers win the third Award of Excellence for a tremendous improvement in corporate sales for the 2017 season. “Sales is the lifeblood of the Frontier League teams. The Crushers did an exceptional job in the off season and throughout the 2017 season in meeting and surpassing all of their goals.” A new naming rights partner is one of the main reasons for the vast improvement.
  • The Evansville Otters receive the fourth and final Award of Excellence this season for having a great year in business development. “We are all very proud of the Otters organization and the goals they have accomplished for the 2017 season. The effort of the entire staff was second to none,” Bill Lee commented. The staff is young and they have the Otters in position to continue to grow.
The Frontier League is in its 25th season in 2017 and includes 12 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to Northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.