As the vice president of development for the Economic Club of Las Vegas, a nonprofit group dedicated to promoting discussion of public policy and economics, Michael Erin leads the organization’s fundraising efforts. Also an avid baseball fan, Michael Erin lists the Chicago Cubs as his favorite major league team.
The 2015 major league baseball season saw the Cubs returning to relevance for the first time in years. Historically one of the least successful franchises in the league, the club won 97 games and made the playoffs as a wild card team, advancing to the National League championship series before losing to the New York Mets.
One major reason for the club’s success was the historic performance of starting pitcher Jake Arrieta. During the second half of the season, Arrieta went a remarkable 12-1 while compiling a microscopic 0.75 ERA. He also pitched a no-hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. In the playoffs, Arrieta continued his dominance with an outstanding performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the wild card game. Though the Cubs ultimately came up short in their quest to return to the World Series for the first time since 1945, Arrieta was awarded the 2015 Cy Young Award as the National League’s best pitcher.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.