Helena Brewers President & General Manager, Paul Fetz, was named Pioneer League Executive of the Year during the Fall Meetings in Missoula.
This past season was Fetz’s 27th in professional baseball and 13th as GM of the Helena Brewers. This was the second time Fetz has been named the Executive of the Year and will receive the award in Nashville at the Baseball Winter Meetings in early December.
“I am very proud of what our organization has been able to accomplish over the past year. Without my staff none of this would be possible. Their enthusiasm and dedication in making our fans enjoy their Helena ballpark experience has been the main driving force to our recent successes,” said Fetz. “I am also appreciative to the fans and Helena community who have continuously supported ‘Brewers Baseball’ over the years.”
The Brewers rebranded their image through a new mascot and increased community involvement through the Reading Program and participation in community events. As a result, regular season attendance increased almost 10% over 2014 despite air quality issues from smoke and some rainy weather. 2015 regular season attendance even outperformed the 2013 regular season which was a playoff year.
Fetz came to Helena when professional baseball returned to the city in 2003. In 2008, he was helpful in the negotiation of the current long term 20 year lease. In 2014, the club signed a 4 year Player Development Contract extension with the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Paul has been a contributing member of the Brewer family for years and a solid participant in the Helena community. His passion for the game shows up every day. He is well deserving for this award,” said Special Assistant to the GM/Director of Player Development for the Milwaukee Brewers, Reid Nichols.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced a two-year player development contract extension with the rookie-level Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League through the 2014 season.
“We are excited to extend our player development contract with the Helena franchise”, said Reid Nichols, Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Player Development/Training Center. “The Helena front office, led by President/General Manager Paul Fetz, is professional and responsive, and the fans of Helena have given us great support.”
The Helena Brewers are located in Helena, Montana and have been a Brewers rookie affiliate since the 2003 season. Helena was also a Milwaukee farm team from 1985 through 2000.
“We are thrilled to continue our working relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Helena Brewers President/General Manager Paul Fetz. “This has been a partnership that has lasted a very long time, and in our business that is a strong sign that you have a positive, respectful and mutually beneficial relationship. As our parent club, Milwaukee has always strived to send us their best ambassadors and we appreciate it.”
Current Brewers players such as Ryan Braun, Mike Fiers, Mat Gamel, Taylor Green and Jonathan Lucroy began their professional baseball careers with the Helena Brewers. Helena won the Pioneer League title in 2010, the franchise’s first championship since 1996 (won back-to-back championships as a Brewers affiliate from 1995-96).
The Helena Brewers begin their 2012 season schedule on Monday, June 18 vs. the Great Falls Voyagers, the rookie affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. MT at Kindrick Legion Field.