Jacksonville GM Peter Bragan Honored

JACKSONVILLE, Florida-- The post-season honors continue for the 2005 Southern League Champion Jacksonville Suns as team Vice President and General Manager Peter Bragan, Jr., was named the co-recipient of the Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year Award.

The award comes on the heels of one of the most memorable seasons in the history of the Jacksonville Suns. In addition to leading the league in attendance for the third consecutive season, drawing 359,957 fans to the Baseball Grounds, the Suns also had an incredible season on the field, winning the South Division first-half title and capturing the team's third Southern League Championship while being dubbed Baseball America's "Most Talented Team in Baseball."

With 20 years at the helm of the Suns, Bragan holds the longest tenure of any Southern League General Manager and is a member of the Southern League Rules and Competition Committee. Bragan, along with his father, Suns owner Peter Bragan, Sr., has taken professional baseball in Jacksonville to a new level since the family took ownership of the club in 1984, including their instrumental involvement in the building of the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville in 2003.

"I can only accept this award on behalf of all the employees of the club," said Bragan, "From the ushers and ticket takers to the grounds crew, and of course the entire front office staff, but especially the following: Kirk Goodman, the Assistant General Manager who really runs this place, Karlie Evatt, our Director of Ticket Operations who really makes us all look good, and Barbara O'Berry and Darlene Short, who keep up with everything else! It really should be their award."

Bragan shares the award with Joe Kremer, General Manager of the Carolina Mudcats. It is the third such award for Bragan, his second in three seasons. The Executive of the Year award is named after Bragan's Uncle Jimmy, the former Southern League President who was instrumental in the Bragan family's acquisition of the franchise in 1984.

Bragan lives in his waterfront home in East Arlington with his wife, Dr. Nancy Bragan, Principal of Mayport Elementary School.

Along with this award, the Suns were also honored with other post-season accolades. Director of Field Operations Ed Attalla received his third consecutive Sports Turf Manager of the Year Award, the first Southern League groundskeeper to accomplish the feat, and three Suns: shortstop Joel Guzman, catcher Russell Martin and outfielder Todd Donovan, were all named to the Southern League Post-Season All-Star Team.

The Suns will be back on the field to defend its Southern League Championship on Thursday, April 6, 2006, opening the season with the Chattanooga Lookouts.