Ballpark Digest has named the South Bend Cubs Minor League Baseball team its 2015 Team of the Year. The publication noted the attendance records set this past season, as well as record revenue earned by the city from Indiana state sales tax on merchandise and concessions.
"This is thrilling. And as I continue to say, we owe so much to the fans who are coming from a hundred miles in every direction. And as the editors at Ballpark Digest point out, this has also been a great year for the City of South Bend which benefits financially from the success of the team more today than ever before. I’m proud of our executives who manage the team day-to-day. And I’m proud to tell you that we’re just getting started. We make no small plans in South Bend," South Bend Cubs Owner Andrew Berlin said.
“It wasn’t that long ago that South Bend almost lost professional baseball," said Ballpark Digest Publisher Kevin Reichard. "Enter a committed owner, a talented front office and some strategic investments in the community and you have the biggest success story in Minor League Baseball.”
“We’re extremely honored to be selected as Team of the Year. This would not be possible without such great fans and an owner who really believes in this city, and in giving every fan who comes to Four Winds Field, an experience they’ll always remember," South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart said.
The South Bend Cubs are a Class A minor league team affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.