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Northwest League awards Indians accolades, Avista Stadium wins Field of the Year again

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SPOKANE, Wash - The Northwest League Friday announced its 2007 awards and the Spokane Indians Baseball Club received numerous honors. Spokane received the Larry McPhail Promotional Award; the John H. Johnson President's Trophy and was named Northwest League Field of the Year. Also, Indians President Andy Billig received the Joe Martin Award.

Avista Stadium is no stranger to the Field of the Year award, having taken home the honors nine times out of the last eleven seasons. The award is voted on by the managers from each member club.

The Joe Martin Award annually honors one individual for their outstanding contribution to baseball and the Northwest League. This season marks the first time Billig has won the Joe Martin Award. He has won the NWL Executive of the Year award twice, in 1994 and 2004. Indians radio broadcaster Bob Robertson won the Joe Martin Award in 2005.

The Larry McPhail Promotional Award is given annually to the franchise that demonstrates excellence in the area of promotions. Specifically the award is based on community relations, off-season marketing/promotions, game-day promotions, on-field activities, advertising, printed materials and public relations. Under Senior Vice President Otto Klein's guidance, the Indians have been awarded this honor 13 times out of the last 15 years.

The John H. Johnson President's Trophy is awarded annually to a team that exemplifies the complete baseball franchise. The criteria for this award are contribution to the baseball industry, activities, advertising, printed materials and public relations.

All of the league awards are voted on by the league's member teams.

Ticket packages for the 2008 season are now on sale. Please contact the Spokane Indians Ticket Office at 509-535-2922 or order online at www.spokaneindiansbaseball.com. Make It An Indians Summer!

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