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Victoria Seals President Named Executive of the Year

By Devon Teeple On September - 26 - 2009

The Victoria Seals first season in the Golden Baseball League did not end with a championship, but does have one of the brightest minds in the game.

The GBL announced on Thursday that team President Darren Parker was named Executive of the Year.

Parker was awarded this in large part to the success he has had bringing a franchise to a location that has not had professional baseball in 25 years.

“It is very difficult to launch an expansion professional sports team in any sport and any location,” said GBL Commissioner Kevin Outcalt. “And it is extraordinary what Darren has accomplished in Victoria with the Seals and the support and excitement he has generated from the community, business partners, and fans.

"His success is a blueprint for sports ownership and will undoubtedly be used as a model in the industry.”

Launching a franchise in a brand new city is tough enough.  How will fans respond? Can the current stadium withstand the rigors of one more year? Will the franchise make a profit despite the current economy?

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