Thursday, December 10, 2015

Walker elected VP of NWL

KEIZER, Ore. - Jerry Walker, President and owner of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, has been elected Vice President of the Northwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The Northwest League is one of the 17 member league's in the National Association of Professional Baseball. The election came during the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN. Walker will replace Hillsboro's Mike McMurray in the League's second highest office.
In addition, Mr. Walker was elected to serve his 19th consecutive term as the League Secretary and Corporate Officer of the Northwest League. Walker will be responsible for accurately recording the League's business affairs and working alongside League President Mike Ellis as he presides over League Meetings.
Walker will retain his seat on the Northwest League's Board of Directors (28th year). Due to term limits, Walker relinquishes his position on the League's three member Executive Committee - a post he has held for the past 16 years. Eugene's Alan Benavides will take over Walker's seat and begin a three year term on the committee.
About the Jerry Walker and the Volcanoes: In 1997, Walker was named as the Northwest League's Executive of the Year, an honor awarded to the one club official who did the most outstanding job for baseball during the season. In addition, he received the League's Joe Martin Award. The Joe Martin Award honors the individual who did the most for the Northwest League during the season. In 2001, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were named the Best Class A short season franchise in America by Baseball America. The publication also rated Volcanoes Stadium as the 4th Best Ballpark in America, for all Class A short-season and Rookie level teams, and #1 west of the Mississippi. MinorLeagueBaseball.com named the Volcanoes National Team of the Year in 2007.

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