The general manager of the Indianapolis Indians has received a major honor. Randy Lewandowski, who has served in the role since 2014, has been named the 2016 International League Executive of the Year.
It is the third time a member of the Indians’ front office has received the honor since the team joined the International League in 1998. League President Randy Mobley says Lewandowski’s ability to lead helped him earn the award.
"Since Randy was elevated to the general manager’s position prior to the 2015 season he has consistently demonstrated strong leadership qualities not only within the Indians’ organization, but he is also recognized as a well-respected voice in league settings due to his thorough and thoughtful approach to problem solving," said Mobley. "This is Randy’s first IL Executive of the Year award, but it doesn’t take much foresight to project that it will not be his last."
The Indians recorded the highest attendance in Minor League Baseball in 2016 with more than 636,888. It is the fourth consecutive year the team has surpassed more than 630,000 attendees. Victory Field also hosted the first major league exhibition in Indianapolis in April and celebrated its 20th season of baseball in 2016.
"This recognition is truly an honor and I am extremely humbled," said Lewandowski. "There are many talented and deserving candidates throughout our league. The selection as the IL Executive of the Year puts an exclamation point on a special year for the Indians. We are fortunate to have a gifted and dedicated staff that allows us to push limits and strive for excellence. I am also very grateful to my family for their support over the course of my career."
The Fort Wayne native joined the Indians organization in 1994 as a ticket office intern and has served in a variety of roles including assistant ticket manager and director of operations.