Indianapolis Indians President and General Manager Randy Lewandowski has been named to the Northeast Indiana Baseball Association Hall of Fame. He is entering his 25th season with the Indians. Lewandowski is just the team’s fourth general manager since the organization was incorporated in 1955.
After joining the Tribe as a ticket office intern in 1994, he was hired full-time as assistant ticket manager the following year. Lewandowski served in that capacity for two seasons, contributing to the Indians’ transition from Bush Stadium to Victory Field in 1996.
He took over as director of operations in 1998, helping Victory Field host the 2001 Triple-A All-Star Game. Lewandowski transitioned to assistant general manager in 2002, serving as one of the team’s two assistant GMs before becoming the sole assistant GM in 2005.
Over the final five seasons of his tenure as assistant GM, the team recorded five straight seasons of increased attendance, leading Minor League Baseball in 2013 and setting a Victory Field record the year after. That success would continue following Lewandowski’s ascension to general manager in October 2014 as the team eclipsed its top season attendance mark for the second consecutive year. The 2016 and 2017 campaigns saw the Indians lead Minor League Baseball in attendance, while also welcoming Victory Field’s 13 millionth fan through the gates last summer.
Lewandowski was named the International League’s 2016 Executive of the Year, marking the third Executive of the Year award for the Indians’ front office staff since joining the International League in 1998. In addition to his duties as GM, he was named president by the Indians board of directors in November 2016.
A native of Fort Wayne, he is a graduate of Bishop Dwenger High School. Lewandowski was a four-year starter on the Anderson University baseball team, where he earned academic All-America honors as a first baseman and pitcher. He earned a degree in business management in 1993.