Ohio Oxen GM and manager Dylan Maccarone has been named “GM of the Year” by his fellow GMs in voting for the 2017 award.
Voting took place at the close of the regular baseball season.
In votes cast by fellow GMs, Maccarone accumulated 22 points, which included three first-place votes, two second-place votes and a third-place vote. The veteran GM brought Ohio to a 60-40 finish to claim the best record in the Lake League, atop the West Division, though the Oxen fell in a surprise upset to the Rimouski Fighting Moose in the quarter-final Elimination Round of the playoffs.
Though Ohio was not part of any trades during the season, Maccarone’s steady hand was needed to guide the team through several injuries to key players, including Justin Good in June, and pitchers Marty Melvins and Skeeter Heater in July.
The Oxen also set a club attendance record in 2017, drawing in 1,880,459 fans over 50 home games, and beating the previous record of 1,640,482 set in 2012.
The runners-up for the GM of the Year award were Brandon Popper (Anchorage Aces) and Brendan Burke (Jacksonville Ravens). Popper garnered 16 points (3 first-place, 1 third-place votes) while Burke received 9 points (1 each of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place votes).
The full list of GM of the Year votes appears below: