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City Council recognizes recent achievements by Isotopes

The highly anticipated game on Cinco de Mayo last year against the visiting El Paso Chihuahuas, when the Albuquerque Isotopes changed their name to the Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico, drew a record crowd. The group Ballet Folklorico Santa Fe entertained the arriving crowd in front of the stadium. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

The City Council this week presented Albuquerque Isotopes General Manager John Traub with a proclamation recognizing the recent achievements by the baseball team.

bright spotThe Triple-A ball club received the 45th annual John H. Johnson President’s Award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Banquet last month, honoring the “complete baseball franchise based on their financial stability, contributions to the community, and promotion of the baseball industry,” according to a news release.

Lorraine Gutierrez tries to decide which Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico shirt to get in the gift shop at Isotopes Park last April 28. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Lorraine Gutierrez tries to decide which Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico shirt to get in the gift shop at Isotopes Park last April 28. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)

Shortly thereafter, the Isotopes, aka Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico, won the inaugural “Copa de la Diversion” Fun Cup among 33 teams during the opening session of the Baseball Winter Meetings. That competition focused on which franchise best implemented Minor League Baseball’s Hispanic outreach initiative.

“We wanted to recognize Ken Young, John Traub, and the rest of the Isotopes organization for their success both on and off the field. Their local efforts, such as establishing a reading program that includes over 6,000 children in 250 Albuquerque schools, and in 2018 alone, making donations to over 250 charitable organizations and nonprofit groups, make them a true asset to our community,” Council President Klarissa Peña said in a statement.

The team has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top 10 in all of minor league baseball and top five in the Pacific Coast League in attendance each year. The club has paid more than $28 million back to the City of Albuquerque in stadium rent and surcharges.

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