SAUGET -- Ben Moore of the Southern Illinois Miners was named the winner of the Frontier League's Fran Riordan Award in 2018, given annually to a player who exhibits outstanding citizenship in the community.
A second-year Miners catcher, as one of the team leaders on the field this season, Moore batted .287 in 37 games before a season-ending knee injury in late July. But aside from his production on the diamond, his impact was also felt away from the baseball field by fans all across Southern Illinois.
"Ben has showed his leadership and character from the moment he arrived in 2017," Miners manager Mike Pinto said. "When I look at what the Miners bring to the region beyond great baseball and entertainment, it is how our players have made themselves a part of the community, whether it is going to a hospital, to the VA, or to a youth league park among so many other things.
"Ben is the epitome of a representative of the Miners organization, our league and professional baseball. I am so thrilled that his care for others was recognized by our league."