ST. LOUIS, Mo., December 16, 2011 – Following their 2011 World
Championship season, the St. Louis Cardinals have continued to receive
several special honors, earning selection by Baseball America as its
2011 “Organization of the Year”. In addition, Cardinals Senior Vice
President & General Manager John Mozeliak was voted the recipient of the
MLB.com GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) award as “MLB Executive of
While the Cardinals 11th World Championship title and the team’s storied
comeback to reach the postseason were crowning achievements, Baseball
America also saluted the Cardinals organization for its overall success,
including championship seasons for both Quad Cities (Midwest League-A)
and Johnson City (Appalachian League-Rookie).
The Cardinals minor league system ranked 4th overall in the majors with
a .530 winning pct. (401-355) and Springfield (AA) first baseman Matt
Adams was named Texas League Player of the Year. Adams and pitcher
Shelby Miller were named the Cardinals Minor League Player and Pitcher
of the Year respectively for 2011.
The Cardinals’ “Organization of the Year” selection by Baseball America
was their first ever. The nationally recognized baseball trade
publication has been honoring baseball’s top organizations since 1982.
Mozeliak’s selection was part of the 10th annual GIBBYs and was based on
millions of votes in a comprehensive process that included fans who
voted at MLB.com; media members; front-office personnel; and MLB alumni.