From the Coastal Plain League website:
The Coastal Plain League announced today, August 24, that the Macon Bacon have been selected as the 2018 CPL Organization of the Year. Macon is owned by Steve DeLay and Jon Spoelstra of SRO Partners, this was the team’s first year of existence.
“Baseball came back to Macon this summer in the form of the Bacon, and it’s safe to say fans were not disappointed,” said Justin Sellers, Coastal Plain League COO/Commissioner. “From the stadium renovations and nightly entertainment to the strong team on the field that not only made the postseason, but became family to the community that had waited a long time for the boys of summer to return. Congratulations to Steve, John, and their entire organization! They should be proud with the successful first year the Macon Bacon had and this award recognizes their efforts, as well as the support from everyone in Macon-Bibb County. This is just the start and we look forward to seeing what the Bacon have in store for next year.”
Macon was chosen after collecting input on every facet of an organization from game-day operations to overall hospitality and community involvement, from team owners, general managers, umpires, players and league officials. Other teams in contention were the Morehead City Marlins and Savannah Bananas.
“It’s a testament to the hard work from the staff and most importantly, the tremendous enthusiasm from the Middle Georgia community,” said DeLay.
This was an enthusiasm that seemed almost immediate, and not just in Georgia – as the team went national from the day the logo and name were unveiled on September 27, 2017. That night SportsCenter ran a segment on the team name and uniform mocks, and within weeks the Bacon had sold merchandise in all 50 states.