Named in honor of the late Blue Rocks team president, the Minker Award is bestowed upon the player in the league who does the best job of serving his club's community during each season.
Matt Minker was involved in the ownership of the Blue Rocks since the franchise came to Wilmington in 1993. His construction company built Frawley Stadium, in five months. He became president of the club in 1995. During his 13 years representing Wilmington on the Carolina League's Board of Directors, he served the league as an officer, a member of the executive committee and as league representative on the Minor League Baseball Board of Trustees.
The Carolina league created an award in his name called the "Matt Minker Community service Award", given to a player, and now to an organization in the league, who exemplifies the spirit of Matt Minker and community involvement / participation.
Clark Minker, Managing Broker of Engel & Völkers Olde Naples continues to carry on his fathers legacy.
Minker, along with the blue rocks ownership, values the success of the team both on and off the field. Outside the ballpark, it was expected that the winning group of players and staff contribute to the community that, they called home. Minker always stressed community initiatives amongst the players and coaches, and in turn, they would oblige with making visits to the children's hospital, participating in fundraising auctions, making visits to community events and being flexible with fans who wanted to interact with them at the park for an Autograph or a question.