Written by Maury Brown
Wednesday, 05 December 2007 11:53
The Tampa Bay Rays have been named "Topps Organization of the Year" in an announcement today during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville.
It is the first time the organization has won the award, which dates back to 1966.
The Topps Baseball Organization of the Year Award is presented each year to a Major League organization based on the number of players in their system who have received Topps awards during the past season. Points are awarded for four different minor league categories including All-Star players, Players of the Month, the Trautman and Taylor Spink Award recipients (the former for each league's Minor League Player of the Year and the latter for the Topps overall Minor League Player of the Year), and for Major League rookies who made the Topps Rookie All-Star team.
The Rays’ individual winners were: John Jaso (August Player of the Month / Class AA All-Star – Southern Lg.); Desmond Jennings (June POM - South Atlantic Lg.); Evan Longoria (May POM / Class AA All-Star – Southern Lg.); Maiko Loyola (Class A Rookie All Star – NY/Penn Lg.); Chris Mason (Class AA All Star – Southern Lg.); Mike McCormick (Class A Rookie All-Star – NY/Penn Lg.); Fernando Perez (Class AA All-Star – Southern Lg.); Jason Ragan (Class A Rookie All-Star – NY/Penn Lg.); Justin Ruggiano (August POM / Class AAA All-Star – International Lg.); Emeel Salem (Class A Rookie All-Star – NY/Penn Lg.); Jae Seo (July POM – International Lg.); Dale Thayer (Class AA All-Star – Southern Lg.) and Delmon Young (Rookie All-Star – MLB).
The Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees have won the trophy five times while Oakland, Baltimore, Montreal and the New York Mets are threetime winners. Anaheim, Kansas City and San Diego are two-time winners.
Topps sponsors annual awards honoring major league rookies, minor league players and baseball scouts. Its extensive awards program is administered by the Topps Sports/Player Licensing Department, under the direction of Adam Zucker.
Topps is an international marketer of entertainment products, principally collectible picture cards, confections and sticker collections.
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