Fort Wayne announces team awards

Fort Wayne, IN – Following Saturday's regular season home finale, the Fort Wayne Wizards coaching staff and front office, in conjunction with Times Group Community Publications, awarded the 2006 team postseason awards.

Outfielder Will Venable was named the Wizards Most Valuable Player and closer John Madden and middle reliever Alfredo Fernandez were announced as the Co-Most Valuable Pitchers.

Venable has left his mark on the Wizards record books this season, driving in a team record 89 runs. His 143 hits are seventh all-time and currently third in the Midwest League. Venable also has 33 doubles, fourth-best in the 13-year history of Fort Wayne baseball and his 84 runs are tied for third-best.

Venable was named to the Midwest League's Eastern Division All-Star team in June and was recently named to the Midwest League's Post-Season All-Star team.

Madden is currently sixth in Wizards history with 20 saves on the season, tied with Clay Condrey from the 1999 season. The right-hander is 2-3 on the season, converting his 20 saves in 24 chances. In 50 innings, he has struck out 48 and has a pitching staff-best 2.16 earned run average.

Fernandez has been described by manager Randy Ready was one of the most consistent pitchers this season. He is 5-2 on the season with a 2.84 ERA. In 63 1/3 innings, he has struck out 44 hitters. Fernandez is currently seventh all-time with 51 appearances, trailing teammates Jon Link, who has 52 and Brandon Higelin, who has 53 appearances.

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