The Coastal Plain League announced that Brandon Plotnick of the Fayetteville SwampDogs was named the 2016 CPL Scorekeeper of the Year. This was Plotnick’s fourth season with the SwampDogs and the third year the CPL has named a Scorekeeper of the Year.
“I am incredibly honored to win this award,” said Plotnick. “I take a lot of pride in trying to make sure I am doing the best job that I can. To the fans and others this may be just a game, but I take it seriously that every decision I make up there matters to these players trying to develop careers in the game of baseball. It’s an honor to know I have gained enough respect to be able to win something like this, it means a lot.”
A CPL scorekeeper holds duties such as scoring each game both in hard copy form, as well as updating the live stats in real time for fans following along at home. Each night they also must send in the stat file and nightly game report to the league office to be published online. Plotnick was selected based on his ability to complete both of these tasks promptly and accurately, showing a great aptitude for the stats program and scoring a game overall.
“We’re excited for Brandon to receive this award,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “He’s been a part of the SwampDogs’ family for many years and has been an integral piece of our staff. Brandon has always taken pride in his position and it’s great to see him rewarded for his efforts. We look forward to many more seasons with Brandon in the press box.”
Plotnick first started out in sports as a journalist before moving to Fayetteville and changing career paths. None the less he knew sports was something he always wanted to be a part of and first started out his relationship with the SwampDogs nine years ago as a host family. It soon became apparent to the team that Plotnick held a great knowledge for the game of baseball and when they were in need of an official scorekeeper, Plotnick was eager to step in.
“I’m sure a lot of people in the league feel this way, but I love the atmosphere at this ballpark every night,” Plotnick went on. “It’s such a family atmosphere. Every year I look forward to the season, knowing that the crew in the press box is like a second family to me.”