Akron Lawmakers Celebrate The RubberDucks 2016 Eastern League Championship Title
House Resolution recognizes local minor league team for enthusiasm, dedication, athletic skill

State Reps. Greta Johnson (D-Akron) and Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today applauded the adoption of House Resolution (HR) 534, legislation honoring the Akron RubberDucks as the 2016 Eastern League Champions. The Akron RubberDucks, Double-A affiliates of the Cleveland Indians, won the organization’s fifth championship title this past September by defeating the Trenton Thunder 2-1. 

“Once again, the RubberDucks continue the 34th House District’s longstanding tradition of being the birthplace of champions. I am so immensely proud of this team’s unyielding dedication that has earned them this title for the fifth time in 12 years,” said Sykes. “The RubberDucks, along with owner Ken Babby, are an invaluable treasure of the Akron community, and it has been my honor to recognize them at the Statehouse today.”   

HR 534, presented during House legislative session by the two Akron lawmakers, recognizes the minor league baseball team’s energy, enthusiasm, dedication and athletic skill. 

“As a long-time resident of the city of Akron, it is with great pride that I stand before my colleagues to recognize the RubberDucks for an outstanding season,” said Johnson. “This has been an incredible year for Northeast Ohio sports, and we must include the RubberDucks on our list of remarkable Ohio athletes. This team has repeatedly displayed not only athletic prowess, but a dedication to the people of Akron and the entire state of Ohio. Therefore, it is more than fitting for the House of Representatives to honor these extraordinary citizen-athletes and front office staff for their skill, sportsmanship, and outstanding success.” 

In addition to the championship title, the RubberDucks were also named the Eastern League’s 2016 nominee for the John H. Johnson President’s Award, and general manager Jim Pfander was selected as the Eastern League’s 2016 executive of the year.

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