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Baseball Fans Will Help Decide Who Will be the Next C Spire Ferriss Trophy Winner Honoring Mississippi’s Top College Baseball Player

Formula for determining winners means fans will influence 10 percent of the award total; sparking new excitement, interest and engagement with their favorite players and schools

Jackson, Miss., (May 16, 2016) – For only the third time in the history of the awards, Mississippi baseball fans will have the opportunity to take part in the voting for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, which annually honors the Magnolia state’s top college baseball player.

C Spire, along with the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum (MSHOF), announced today that fan voting will count for a weighted 10 percent of the 2016 Ferriss Trophy award. A panel of Major League Baseball scouts and Mississippi college baseball coaches will comprise the remaining 90 percent of the voting.

“This gives fans a chance to play a part in helping identify our state’s best college baseball players,” said Bill Blackwell, executive director of the MSHOF and co-sponsor of the award along with C Spire. “Major League Baseball and players and coaches have used fan voting to determine who plays in the All-Star game for years. Giving our fans, who are some of the most passionate in sports, a voice in the process creates more interest in an award that has become an integral part of Mississippi college baseball tradition.”

Chosen by Major League Baseball scouts, who cover Mississippi, and by Mississippi's college baseball coaches, the finalists include three Mississippi State players and one each from Ole Miss and Delta State. The finalist include Delta State's Will Robertson, Ole Miss's J.B. Woodman and Dakota Hudson, Reid Humphreys and Jake Mangum, all of Mississippi State.

The winner will be announced during a May 23 luncheon program at the Cleveland Country Club in Cleveland, Mississippi. Southern Miss pitcher James McMahon won the 2015 C Spire Ferriss Trophy, which is named for Magnolia State baseball legend Boo Ferriss, a Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer and former Delta State coach.

“College baseball fans across Mississippi are very passionate about their schools and the star players in their respective programs,” said Jim Richmond, vice president of Corporate Communications for C Spire. “Several schools are having outstanding seasons and we’re excited about continuing to give fans new opportunities to support their favorite players for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy.”

Fan voting will begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. CST and ends on Sunday, May 22 at 8:30 a.m. CST. By visiting C Spire’s fan voting website, www.csopavoting.com, fans can vote for their favorite college baseball player by simply providing an email address and name, or connecting through Facebook or Twitter. Once an account is created, voting can begin and fans can choose their first, second and third place winners. Fans will be able to vote via Facebook, Twitter and text messaging and can submit up to three votes per day during the six-day voting period.

2016 marks the 21th anniversary of the Outstanding Player Awards presentation. C Spire has served as title sponsor for 19 of those years since 1998. The Conerly Trophy in college football, the Howell Trophy in men’s college basketball, the Gillom Trophy in women’s college basketball and the Ferriss Trophy in college baseball comprise the four elements of the C Spire Outstanding Player Award series.

Tickets are $40 each and available by calling the MSHOF offices at 601 982-8264 or by going online at http://msfame.com/c-spire-ferriss-trophy/.

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