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01/26/2006 6:21 PM ET
Mariners video coordinator honored by his peers
Annual award named for Carl Hamilton
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The Professional Baseball Video Coordinators Association (PBVCA) has awarded its first-ever award for excellence to Carl Hamilton, Seattle Mariners video coordinator. The award has also been named the Carl Hamilton Award, and will be given each year to baseball's top video coordinator.

PBVCA President Bob Chester, who is the manager of baseball video operations for the Cleveland Indians, said that Hamilton was an easy choice to receive this honor because of "his commitment, years of service, and most importantly, his positive contributions to the role of video coordinator in Major League Baseball."

Chester says Hamilton first suggested that video coordinators should form an association to facilitate the exchange of ideas and technological advancements in the industry. The association was formed in 2004 at the MLB Winter Meetings in Anaheim. The association's goals are to elevate professional standards among professional baseball video coordinators; facilitate the exchange of information and technological innovations; advance ethical procedures and quality techniques.

Hamilton joined the Seattle Mariners in 1990 as the team's video coordinator. He also served for 10 years as the video coordinator for the Texas Rangers. Hamilton records all Mariners games and many other Major League games, and videotapes players during Spring Training and the regular season for scouting and training purposes. He also produces instructional, motivational, training and highlight videos for all levels of the Mariners organization.

Prior to his 27-year career in baseball, Hamilton was a police officer, private security officer and a Marine Corps veteran. He resides in Kent, WA, with his wife Betty Lou. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Hamilton's son Mike is the video coordinator for the Colorado Rockies.

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