Monday, April 7, 2008


MARION, Ill. – After a grueling tournament, Big John the Miner can enjoy his one shining moment. The Southern Illinois Miners logo was voted to be the best in all of Minor League Baseball Wednesday morning after defeating the Wichita Wingnuts in the championship match.

Winners in the 64-team tournament were determined by fan voting on CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell’s Sports Biz blog on the CNBC website.

“It was a long road to the end of the tunnel,” said Rovell. “But it comes as no surprise that it was Big John, with his big muscles, pick axe and trusty light, who moved his way through to CNBC.com's Minor League Baseball Logo Championship.”

Over 170,000 votes were cast in Tuesday’s finale, and the Miners logo garnered 55 percent of the vote. The team will receive a plaque this season from CNBC for winning the first CNBC.com Minor League Baseball Logo Championship.

“This is a great honor for the team to receive this recognition,” Miners GM Tim Arseneau said. “We had a lot of fun with this competition, and we just want to thank Darren for coming up with the tournament and all the people who voted for our logo.”

For more on the competition, fans can visit Rovell’s blog on the CNBC website at http://www.cnbc.com/id/15837629.

The Miners home opener is scheduled for Saturday, May 24 at 7:05 p.m.

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