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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 8:32 pm

Nutter named MWL's top exec

Chris Goff | The Journal Gazette

For the third time, Mike Nutter was named the Midwest League Executive of the Year.

But the TinCaps’ president said to win the award for the 2015 season was unexpected.

"This league is filled with so many great operators that I’d be kidding myself to think I should get it for a year," Nutter said. "Don’t get me wrong, it’s really cool.

"Not going to pretend it doesn’t mean anything."

Nutter, 42, also won the award in 2004 and 2009. This year, Fort Wayne finished first in the Eastern Division for the first time since 2009 and set a record daily attendance average at Parkview Field.

Nutter’s award comes with the perk of a plaque, but he said it was a testament to his co-workers with the franchise.

And there could be more honors ahead for the TinCaps.

On Thursday, the Midwest League announced Fort Wayne as its nominee for the John Henry Moss Community Service Award, given annually to a minor-league franchise that showed a commitment to enabling charitable endeavors.

"First time ever for us getting that," Nutter said. "John Henry Moss was a longtime South Atlantic League president and meant so much to our industry. We have a group of people that have bought into the idea that it’s better to volunteer around town than to sell stuff.

"People, I think, in this community know that we care about this region and are trying to make it a better place."

The winning organization among nominees from the 14 minor leagues will be revealed at Major League Baseball’s winter meetings in December in Nashville, Tennessee.

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