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12/08/2010 4:47 PM ET
Dodgers named Topps Organization of the Year
Franchise takes home honor for unprecedented sixth time
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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been named the recipient of the 45th Annual Topps Organization of the Year Award, it was announced today. This marks a record-setting sixth time the franchise has earned such honors and the first time since 1997.

"We're very honored to receive this prestigious award," said Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti. "It is evidence that our scouting and player development staffs are making progress. The hard work of Logan White and his staff and De Jon Watson and his staff are being recognized and we're very appreciative to Topps and those in our organization responsible for this honor."

The Organization of the Year award dates back to 1966 and highlights the Major League team that has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor League teams. The award is presented annually based on the number of players in the organization that have received Topps awards during the season.

Points are awarded in four different minor league categories including: All-Star players, Players of the Month, Trautman Award recipients, awarded to each league's Minor League Player of the Year, and The J.G Taylor Spink Award recipient, awarded to the overall Minor League Player of the Year. Points are also awarded for those players selected for Topps' Major League Rookie All-Star team.

The Dodgers' individual winners included: Nick Akins (Player of the Month - Arizona Lg.); Brian Cavazos-Galvez (Player of the Month - Midwest Lg.); Leon Landry (Player of the Month - Pioneer Lg.); Jake Lemmerman (Class A All-Star/Trautman Award - Pioneer Lg.); John Lindsey (Class AAA All-Star/Player of the Month - Pacific Coast Lg.); Russell Mitchell (Class AAA All-Star); Elisaul Pimentel (Player of the Month - Midwest Lg.); Kyle Russell (Player of the Month - California Lg.); Jerry Sands (Player of the Month - Midwest Lg.)

Last season, the Dodgers' Single-A Great Lakes Loons and Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors reached the postseason with both teams setting franchise records for wins. The Loons' 90-49 record was the best mark in Minor League Baseball and the Raptors reached the league final after finishing the regular season with a 44-31 mark.

Over the past seven seasons, the Dodgers have reached the postseason four times, joining the Phillies and Cardinals as the only National League organizations to accomplish that feat. Since Colletti took over the reins of baseball operations in 2006, the team has posted a .530 winning percentage (429-381), the second-best mark in the National League.

Los Angeles previously earned Organization of the Year honors from Topps in 1967, 1970, 1981, 1990 and 1997.

The Milwaukee Brewers and New York Yankees have won the trophy five times while Oakland, Baltimore, Montreal and the New York Mets are three-time winners. The Angels, Royals and Padres are two-time winners of this award, while the 2009 winner was the San Francisco Giants.

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