Following their 2011 World Championship season, the St. Louis Cardinals have continued to receive several special honors, earning selection by Baseball America as its 2011 “Organization of the Year”. In addition, Cardinals Senior Vice President & General Manager John Mozeliak was voted the recipient of the MLB.com GIBBY (Greatness in Baseball Yearly) award as “MLB Executive of the Year.”
While the Cardinals 11th World Championship title and the team’s storied comeback to reach the postseason were crowning achievements, Baseball America also saluted the Cardinals organization for its overall success, including championship seasons for both Quad Cities (Midwest League-A) and Johnson City (Appalachian League-Rookie).
The Cardinals minor league system ranked 4th overall in the majors with a .530 winning pct. (401-355) and Springfield (AA) first baseman Matt Adams was named Texas League Player of the Year. Adams and pitcher Shelby Miller were named the Cardinals Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year respectively for 2011.
The Cardinals’ “Organization of the Year” selection by Baseball America was their first ever. The nationally recognized baseball trade publication has been honoring baseball’s top organizations since 1982.
Mozeliak’s selection was part of the 10th annual GIBBYs and was based on millions of votes in a comprehensive process that included fans who voted at MLB.com; media members; front-office personnel; and MLB alumni.
(Note: Earlier, Doug Melvin of Milwaukee and Dave Dombrowski of Detroit were named by The Sporting News as the MLB Executive(s) of the Year. They tied for tops in voting for the award, selected by MLB front office personnel annually since 1936.)