Pennsylvania native wins MLB award

By: Jonathan Bennett

For Mitch Lukevics, baseball has always been a part of his life. The Express-Times reports Lukevics started his major league baseball dreams after being signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1975, but was released in 1981. He had plans to head back to Pennsylvania to become a teacher and a baseball coach, but his passion for the sport changed that idea.

Lukevics was asked back to the White Sox acting as a minor league pitching coach in the Gulf Coast League. He then went on to work many front office jobs for the White Sox, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. He now works as the director of minor league operations for Tampa.

His knowledge of the game is well-known within the MLB and the organization recently awarded him with some praise, the publication reports. Lukevics received the Sheldon “Chief” Bender award during the MLB Winter Meetings in early December. Lukevics was delighted to received one of these recognition awards.

“I was honored and humbled winning the Chief Bender Award,” Lukevics told the newspaper. “I knew Chief, I knew what he stood for. When you win an award like the Chief Bender Award, it’s really special.”

The Minor League Baseball official website reports the award is given out annually to “someone with distinguished service who has been instrumental in player development.”