New ownership to take over the Fisher Cats

Will Robertson at the plate for the Fisher Cats during Chicken Tenders Night on July 27 at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Aug. 16, 2023.

Will Robertson at the plate for the Fisher Cats during Chicken Tenders Night on July 27 at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester. Aug. 16, 2023. Susan McGowan

Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale is cheered on by Portland Sea Dogs fans after getting out of the third inning during the team's baseball game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Portland, Maine. (Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via AP)

Boston Red Sox's Chris Sale is cheered on by Portland Sea Dogs fans after getting out of the third inning during the team's baseball game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Portland, Maine. (Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via AP) Shawn Patrick Ouellette

While wearing their prom gowns, students walk through the stands along the third baseline at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball stadium in Manchester, N.H., on Monday, April 26, 2021. After a year without proms, school districts across the country are debating whether they can safely hold an event that many seniors consider a capstone to their high school experience. The nearly 300 student senior class of Manchester's Central High School are waiting to get approval...

While wearing their prom gowns, students walk through the stands along the third baseline at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball stadium in Manchester, N.H., on Monday, April 26, 2021. After a year without proms, school districts across the country are debating whether they can safely hold an event that many seniors consider a capstone to their high school experience. The nearly 300 student senior class of Manchester's Central High School are waiting to get approval... Charles Krupa

While wearing their prom gowns, students peer through the scoreboard at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball stadium in Manchester, N.H., on Monday, April 26, 2021. After a year without proms, school districts across the country are debating whether they can safely hold an event that many seniors consider a capstone to their high school experience. The nearly 300 student senior class of Manchester's Central High School are waiting to get approval from the city's board of health so they can have their prom at the outdoor venue, due to COVID-19 concerns. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

While wearing their prom gowns, students peer through the scoreboard at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball stadium in Manchester, N.H., on Monday, April 26, 2021. After a year without proms, school districts across the country are debating whether they can safely hold an event that many seniors consider a capstone to their high school experience. The nearly 300 student senior class of Manchester's Central High School are waiting to get approval from the city's board of health so they can have their prom at the outdoor venue, due to COVID-19 concerns. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Charles Krupa

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By ERIC RYNSTON-LOBEL

Monitor staff

Published: 12-05-2023 4:30 PM

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats – the Double-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays – have agreed to sell the organization to Diamond Baseball Holdings, a group that runs 26 other minor league organizations.

The team will continue to play its games at Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester and all staff will remain in place, according to a team release.

“I want to thank the city of Manchester, Mayor Joyce Craig and the Toronto Blue Jays for their support of this exciting partnership, which will preserve the Minor League Baseball experience in Manchester for the next generation,” said Tom Silvia, one of the team’s current owners, in the release. “I am delighted to pass the torch to Pat Battle, Peter Freund and the DBH team and am confident the franchise will continue to thrive under their exceptional leadership alongside the amazing Fisher Cats staff.”

Playing in a ballpark that’s been renovated twice in the last six years, the Fisher Cats finished this past season 62-72, in fourth place in the Northeast Division of the Eastern League. The franchise has won championships in 2004, 2011 and 2018. 

“The Toronto Blue Jays would like to thank Tom and the ownership group at DSF Sports Group for their leadership and devotion to our players, staff and the Fisher Cats these past few years,” said Mark Shapiro, President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, in the release. “We are pleased to expand our relationship with DBH and are confident that with their vision and experience, the Fisher Cats will have a vibrant future.”

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