• Breaking Minor League News: New Britain Rock Cats Have Been Sold



    There is breaking Twins-related minor league news this afternoon in Central Connecticut, where it has been announced that the New Britain Rock Cats, which had done very well in the community and in terms of attendance, under owners Bill Dowling (former attorney for George Steinbrenner) and Coleman Levy (local attorney), is being sold to an investment group.

    [Originally posted at my blog, http://twinsfanfromafar.blogspot.com]

    DSF Group, the purchaser, is a real estate and sports investment firm, and also owns the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (same division as the Rock Cats and AA affiliate of the Blue Jays), and the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class A affiliate of Tampa Bay Rays). Interestingly, John Willi, who left the helm as the Rock Cats' general manager in 2010 to take a position at DSF, will be returning to that post.


    I have a feeling that this is going to be an interesting story, especially as rumors have been floating around that the Rock Cats may change affiliation. I will be keeping track of this story and any further developments. But as a fan, as long as the ticket prices remain affordable, and the quality of baseball is good, I'll be happy to continue to support the Rock Cats.


    Here's the article from the Hartford Courant detailing the sale.
    This article was originally published in blog: Breaking Minor League News: New Britain Rock Cats Have Been Sold started by Twins Fan From Afar
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. zchrz's Avatar
      zchrz -
      Hmm if anyone it would be the red wings I would be expecting to want to change affiliation we should be stacking the rock cats with some exciting players this year
    1. jtrinaldi's Avatar
      jtrinaldi -
      well it looks like Beloit isn't the only Twins affiliate that has been rumored to be changing teams after this year
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Minor league franchises change hands very often. And their GM deals with all operations other than baseball (ie. promotions, tickets, food, getting concerts etc.) All baseball operations are part of the MLB team. So, in other terms, MiLB franchises, just own the parks and the concessions and the MLB team puts the product that brings the fans there. There were rumors that the Mets will move to NB, but we will have to see.
    1. jtrinaldi's Avatar
      jtrinaldi -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      Minor league franchises change hands very often. And their GM deals with all operations other than baseball (ie. promotions, tickets, food, getting concerts etc.) All baseball operations are part of the MLB team. So, in other terms, MiLB franchises, just own the parks and the concessions and the MLB team puts the product that brings the fans there. There were rumors that the Mets will move to NB, but we will have to see.
      yup, saw all this in the mid 2000's with the MWL
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