Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Southern Illinois Miners owner Jayne Simmons has been selected by the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago to receive the Club’s Minor League Executive-of-the-Year Award. Simmons will be honored at the organization’s annual awards banquet on Jan. 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Center in Rosemont, Ill.

“I’m very honored, especially for this being our first year,” Simmons said. “It took a lot of hard work to get to this, but I certainly can’t take all of the credit. We have a tremendous staff who just worked their tail off this past year, and it makes me look good. Our staff, our sponsors and our fans, they all combined to make this an unbelievable year.”

The Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago is a professional baseball organization that promotes professionals in the game of baseball in the Chicagoland area. The awards are selected by the Pitch and Hit Club’s board of directors and Honorary Chairman Roland Hemond. Hemond is the former general manager of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles and has been named Major League Executive of the Year three times.

Recent award winners at the Pitch and Hit Club’s annual dinner include Ozzie Guillen, Jim Hendry, Bo Jackson, Mark Prior and Aaron Rowand among others.

The Miners home opener is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m. For the latest Miners news and updates, visit www.southernillinoisminers.com.

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