Spokane Indians create sportsmanship award following on-field brawl

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 12, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 12 at 7:43 PM

Spokane, WA – The money from player’s fines in Monday’s bench-clearing brawl at the Spokane Indians game will go toward promoting sportsmanship in youth sports.

The Indians created the Bob Robertson Sportsmanship Award, named after the former Indians announcer. Robertson’s motto was “Always be a good sport. Be a good sport all ways.”

Coaches will be able to nominate their teams for the award by submitting a one-page essay about their team’s sportsmanship. Winners will get a $500 scholarship that can be used to cover league and team expenses.

“The Spokane Indians pride themselves on the value of fair play and have a long history of baseball players who serve as role models,” Indians Senior Vice President Otto Klein said in a statement. “We hope to turn this negative event into a positive catalyst for sportsmanship among the area’s youth players.”

Northwest League president Bob Richmond would not disclose how much money the Indians will have to pay in fines. He said a combined total of 51 players were fined between the Indians and the Vancouver Canadians.

The fines make up the latest number in league history for one incident.

Click here for more information about the award.

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