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Corpus Christi Hooks win MiLB 'Promo of the Month' award with phone-free game

The Hooks made history as the first professional team to host a phones-free Game.
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Corpus Christi Hooks was awarded Friday as Minor League Baseball's June Promotion of the Month for their Coastal Bend Conservation promotion on Thursday, June 20.

June 20 promotion was a phones-free game, so attendees and Hooks staff did not use their phones while watching the game but only at designated zones around the Whataburger Field. George Springer returned to Corpus Christi for a rehab assignment. 

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The Hooks made history as the first professional team to host a phones-free Game.

Each Hooks fan received a Yondr case to have their phone placed in before having their ticket scanned. 

"We're incredibly proud to be recognized by Minor League Baseball as June Promo of the Month against some tough competition," said Hooks General Manager Wes Weigle. "Our Coastal Bend Conservation Weekend, anchored by the Phones-Free Game, was truly an all-hands effort that required long hours and extra training for our front office and game day staff. This award not only honors that commitment, but it continues to shine a light on the importance of conservation in Corpus Christi and beyond. We set out to make an impact with this promotion, and the overwhelmingly positive feedback and conservation efforts we accomplished made it a huge success." 

Since the Hooks received the award for promotion of the month, they are an automatic finalist for the Golden Bobblehead Awards which recognizes MiLB's most creative promotions during the Innovators Summit on Sept. 26 at Southwest University Park in El Paso. 

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