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Suns' Gehr recognized nationally

November 14, 2008

Hagerstown Suns director of business operations Carol Gehr has been awarded the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year award by Minor League Baseball.

In 25 years with the Suns, Gehr has seen the franchise play in three different leagues with players from five Major League affiliates. She has also weathered the upheaval of changes in ownership.

"The Suns office would never be functional without Carol," said Joel Pagliaro, the Suns' director of marketing. "She is the one we all turn to whenever we have questions."

Gehr will be presented with the award at the annual Baseball Winter Meetings, taking place in Las Vegas in December.

"I have so many people and co-workers to thank for nominating me," said Gehr. "It will be great to see colleagues I have worked with over the years at the winter meetings."

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Winning the award caught Gehr off-guard, as members of the Suns staff -- with full knowledge that she had been selected -- conspired to set up a conference call with team ownership under a false pretense. It was then that Gehr was told she would be traveling to Las Vegas to accept the award.

"I'm still in a whirlwind, after receiving the news," said Gehr. "It wasn't until I went home that evening it sunk in what the award entails: It is not just for my hometown or the state of Maryland, but for the whole United States."

Gehr was named the Female Executive of the Year for the South Atlantic League this year, prompting her nomination for the national award.

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