The South Bend Cubs are receiving Minor League Baseball’s highest honor. The John H. Johnson President’s Award recognizes "the complete baseball franchise" in areas including financial stability and contributions to the baseball industry. During an interview last month on Inside INdiana Business Television, President Joe Hart said the team has undergone some major changes in recent years.
South Bend announced a new player development contract with the Chicago Cubs last year that included a renaming and rebranding of the team. The organization set franchise records for average attendance (5,039) and single-season attendance (347,678) last season at Four Winds Field.
The team says owner Andrew Berlin has spent more than $7 million since 2012 in renovations and improvements to the city-owned ballpark. Recent upgrades include an improved playing surface, a player clubhouse and a year-round baseball training facility, which is open to the public.
An Indiana team has not won the John H. Johnson President’s Award since the Indianapolis Indians earned the honor in 1988.