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Dayton Dragons to host Tryouts for professional entertainment positions on November 2, 2019

CONDUCT AUDITIONS FOR “GREEN TEAM,” MASCOT PERFORMERS, ON-FIELD HOSTS

 

DAYTON, OH —The Dayton Dragons will conduct auditions for several professional entertainment positions with the team on Saturday, November 2 at Fifth Third Field.

 

The Dragons will hold auditions for the “Green Team,” on-field entertainment hosts, and mascot performers for the 2020 season.  The Dragons are seeking fun, energetic, and enthusiastic performers for these positions.

 

What is the Green Team?

The Green Team is the Dragons’ professional entertainment staff and its members facilitate all in-game skits at Fifth Third Field during Dragons games and other special events.  The members of the Green Team are the backbone to the Dragons entertainment production and are responsible for welcoming fans to the ballpark; selecting and preparing contestants for skits; interacting with Dragons mascots and on-field hosts; dancing on the dugout; and shooting t-shirts to the fans in the seats.

 

On-Field Host

The Dragons on-field hosts serve as the emcees of the entire entertainment show that takes place during inning breaks at Dragons home games.  The hosts introduce contestants, skits, and contests and provide personality and enthusiasm.

 

Mascot Performers

The Dragons’ two primary mascots, Heater and Gem, are the central characters and most visible entertainers at the ballpark.  They are part of nearly every skit and constantly interact with fans as they visit various areas of the ballpark.  Mascots also make appearances within the community outside of Dragons games.

 

Individuals can audition for any or all of the positions.  Interested applicants MUST register for an audition time at DaytonDragons.com/jobs. Auditions will include dancing, improvisation, and interview questions.  Persons should dress comfortably.  A professional résumé with references is required.  Candidates must be at least 16 years old on January 1, 2020.

 

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

Dayton Dragons 2019 attendance ranks 9th out of 160 Minor League Teams

 

DRAGONS IN TOP-10 OVERALL, #1 IN SINGLE-A FOR 20TH STRAIGHT YEAR

 

Dayton, Ohio— Minor League Baseball has announced the final attendance rankings for all 160 teams for the 2019 season.  The Dayton Dragons, a Single-A team, finished ninth in attendance among the 160 teams with a season’s total of 545,108.  The Dragons averaged 7,900 fans per home date.  Nine of the top 10 clubs in the final rankings were Triple-A teams with the Dragons as the only exception.

 

The Dragons final attendance total ranked first among the 130 teams below the Triple-A level.  The Dragons have finished in the top 10 among all Minor League Baseball clubs in each of their 20 seasons and have finished # 1 among all Single-A and Double-A teams for 14 straight years.

 

Each of the 69 Dragons home games in 2019 resulted in a sell-out, extending the Dragons sell-out streak to 1,385 consecutive games.  Every Dragons game ever played at Fifth Third Field has been a sell-out.

 

“Our sell-out streak and our attendance records belong to our fans,” said Robert Murphy, Dragons President and General Manager.  “We believe we have the best fans in sports.  For 20 straight years, they have supported Dragons baseball at unprecedented levels as our ballpark experience has become a tradition in our community.”

 

The Dragons 20 seasons of operation represent the top 20 single-season attendance totals in Single-A baseball history.

 

Minor League Baseball also announced that its 2019 regular season attendance total of 41,504,077 marked the 15th consecutive year that teams combined to top 40 million.

 

2019 Attendance Rankings (affiliated teams)

Minor League Top-10 (from among 160 teams)


 

Double-A and Single-A Top-10 (from among 130 teams)


More Information: The Dayton Dragons are the Midwest League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and play a 70-game home schedule at beautiful Fifth Third Field in downtown Dayton, easily accessible from Interstate 75. Individuals and groups seeking information about Dayton Dragons group tickets, lawn tickets, the season ticket wait list, sponsorship opportunities or booking a Dragons speaker are encouraged to contact the Dragons by calling (937) 228-2287, by email at dragons@daytondragons.com, or on the web at daytondragons.com.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dragons franchise gets another award! Team President Robert Murphy named 2019 Baseball Executive of the Year by Ballpark Digest

Robert Murphy

Dayton, Ohio—Dayton Dragons President & General Manager Robert Murphy has been selected by Ballpark Digest as the 2019 Baseball Executive of the Year.   This honor is awarded annually by Ballpark Digest to one individual from among all leagues in professional baseball.

 

See announcement at BallparkDigest.com here

 

Murphy has now been selected for this top honor by two different media outlets in back-to-back years.  He was named by Baseball America as the 2018 Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year.  Murphy was also named as the Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by the Sporting News in 2005.

 

Ballpark Digest was launched in 2002 and has become a go-to source for information on baseball business news and information for the Major Leagues, Minor Leagues, professional independent leagues, college and summer collegiate baseball.  Ballpark Digest is also a primary source for baseball attendance information, future ballpark construction/expansion, and new baseball franchise market development.

 

The Ballpark Digest award is being presented to Murphy following the Dragons 20th anniversary season in 2019.  Murphy arrived in Dayton in 1999 to oversee the Dragons start-up and inaugural season the following year, and he has directed the Dragons day-to-day operations for each season of the organization’s record-breaking history.

 

Under Murphy’s leadership, the Dragons have produced the longest streak of consecutive sold-out dates in North American sports history.  The Dragons broke the previous record for consecutive sold-out dates held by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA on July 9, 2011 when the Dragons completed their 815th straight sell-out.  The sell-out streak is still active after the completion of the 2019 season, currently standing at 1,385 straight games.

 

“The Dayton Dragons have been one of the biggest success stories in all of professional sports since the team’s launch, and Robert Murphy has been central to that success,” said Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard.

 

“He’s overseen the team’s operations since the team’s inception, and the team’s current sellout streak represents an impressive accomplishment that may never be matched.”

 

The Dragons have become known for providing affordable family entertainment at Fifth Third Field with a commitment to unsurpassed customer service that has become a trademark of the organization.  The Dragons have also prioritized strong involvement with three longtime traditions, including the Dragons School MVP program, Anthem Home Run for Life, and the Dragons Hometown Heroes program.

Murphy offered appreciation to Ballpark Digest and credited the Dragons staff for this honor.

 

“Thanks to Ballpark Digest for recognizing the Dragons achievements with this honor,” said Murphy.  “When all is said and done, our organization’s success results from an amazing group of people executing at high levels.  The Dragons staff is a smart, hardworking, character-driven group that is always professional in everything they do.  I could not be more proud or more blessed to work with this group.”

 

“We are thankful to have the Cincinnati Reds as our affiliate and we are proud to be associated with a franchise that holds such historic significance within our sport.  We also extend our appreciation to our partners in the Midwest League and Minor League Baseball, and special thanks to the Dragons ownership group, Palisades Arcadia Baseball, for the great support they give me and our staff.”

As an organization, the Dragons have received numerous national awards.  They were given the Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America in 2004 as the top Single-A franchise in Minor League Baseball.  In 2011, the Dragons were selected as Minor League Baseball Organization of the Year by Ballpark Digest.  In 2012, the Dragons were selected as the winner of the John H. Johnson President’s Award, the highest honor presented annually to one Minor League Baseball team in the nation.  That same year, the Dragons were one of five finalists for the SportsBusiness Journal Professional Sports Team of the Year, the first minor league team ever selected as a finalist.  The Dragons have received recognition for their support of the military by earning the Midwest League’s nomination for the Minor League Baseball Charles Murphy Patriot Award for three straight seasons, the first three years of the award’s existence.

 

The Dragons have won many other local and regional awards related to operations, marketing, community involvement, and family entertainment over their history. Most recently, the Dragons were named by Dayton Business Journal as the Miami Valley’s 2018 Customer Service Business of the Year and honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for business integrity and leadership earlier in 2019.  Also in 2019, Murphy was named for induction into the Dayton Business Journal Forty-Under-40 Hall-of-Fame, the highest honor in the program.

 

For 14 straight years, the Dragons have finished first in the nation in season attendance for all Minor League Baseball clubs below the Triple-A level, and their 20 years have marked the top 20 seasons in attendance at the Single-A level in Minor League Baseball history.  The Dragons surpassed the 11.5 million mark in all-time attendance in 2019.

 

The Dragons will open their 21st season in the Midwest League on April 9, 2020 when they host the Great Lakes Loons.

 

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS

 

Dragons end 20th season in Dayton; 2019 Season in review has several memorable hightlights

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons completed their 20th season of Midwest League baseball last week.  The 2019 season included many highlights (click on links for the full story):

Dragons Celebrate Their 20th Season
The Dragons celebrated their 20th season in 2019 and joined fans in savoring the memories.  On March 30, former Dragons players Austin Kearns, Chris Dickerson, and Todd Coffey returned to Fifth Third Field, along with former Dragons coaches Ken Griffey Sr. and Tom Browning, for the Dragons “20th Season Celebration Game.” A team of Dragons alumni still playing in the Cincinnati Reds minor league system returned to Dayton for the game and were welcomed by fans.  While the game was rained out, fans still enjoyed seeing and hearing from many former Dragons they had cheered for in previous years.

Prior to the season, a panel of Dayton media members selected the 20 Greatest Dragons, and during the first half of the season, fans selected an all-time position-by-position Dragons all-star team through an on-line voting process.

All throughout the year, the video board at Fifth Third Field displayed memorable highlights and “Remember When” moments on a nightly basis, including such historic memories as Billy Hamilton’s 100th stolen base, Jose Siri’s record-breaking hitting streak, Hunter Greene’s 102 mph fastball, and a collection of videos featuring former Dragons like Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Todd Frazier, Jay Bruce, and many others.

Fans enjoyed a new game-opening video for each Dragons game capturing the spirit of the Dragons 20-year history. The playing field and outfield fence also featured new 20th Season logos.
https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/20

The Streak
The Dragons consecutive game sell-out streak continued through the 2019 season.  After the final regular season home game on September 2, the streak now stands at 1,385 consecutive sold-out games, an all-time record for sports in North America (see more on the sell-out streak below).

Another First Round Draft Pick Joins the Dragons
Nick Lodolo, the Reds 2019 first round draft pick, joined the Dragons for a pair of starts on July 25 and 30, less than two months after being selected out of TCU.  Lodolo drew a big media contingent for the two starts at Fifth Third Field as he became the 18th first rounder to play for the Dragons.  He also became the 10th consecutive first round pick to play in Dayton.  Lodolo pitched well in his two starts, posting a 2.57 ERA with no walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings.
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2019/07/26/cincinnati-reds-1st-round-pick-nick-lodolo-debut-dayton-dragons-kyle-farmer-tcu-draft-chris-sale-mlb/1832306001/

Murphy Earns National Honor
Prior to the start of the 2019 season, Dragons President & General Manager Robert Murphy was selected as the 2018 Minor League Baseball Executive of the Year by Baseball America, the industry trade publication.  The award is presented annually to one individual from among all executives in 16 leagues and 190 teams across Minor League Baseball.  Murphy became the 17th person to earn the honor since Baseball America began the award in 2002.  Previous winners have included five league presidents and 10 team executives.
https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/milb-executive-of-the-year-robert-murphy/

In April, Murphy was named for induction into the Dayton Business Journal Forty-Under-40 Hall-of-Fame.  This is the highest honor in the program.

Dragons Receive Better Business Bureau Torch Award
The Dragons were honored in April with the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award.  The BBB’s torch has been the symbol of guidance and enlightenment as consumers and businesses strive to interact in a trustworthy and ethical marketplace. The local Torch Award is dedicated to the legacy of great Miami Valley business pioneers, such as John Patterson, Wilbur and Orville Wright, Charles Kettering, Colonel Edward Deeds and most recently, Clay Mathile. It was through their ingenuity, leadership, generosity and mentorship to others that the Miami Valley has stood the test of time and recreated itself again and again.
https://www.bbb.org/dayton/eclipse-integrity-awards/recipients/

Tornado Relief Efforts
In response to the widespread damage caused by the weather emergency on the night of May 27, the Dragons accepted non-perishable food items and cash donations at Fifth Third Field for all six home games immediately following this event (May 28 through June 2).  All non-perishable food items collected at Fifth Third Field were donated to The Foodbank, Inc.  Additionally, the Dragons conducted a “Pass the Bucket” at each game for fans wishing to donate money.  All proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross, Dayton Chapter.  Dragons fans rallied in support and donated over 144,069 pounds of non-perishable food items that resulted in 120,057 meals for those in need. In addition, Dragons fans donated $28,449 in cash donations for the America Red Cross.
https://www.daytondailynews.com/sports/dayton-dragons-announce-tornado-relief-donations/1H96zmDuN81ZDoGQEflFzL/

Dayton Strong
Due to the tragic events in the Dayton Oregon District the morning of Sunday, August 4, the Dragons game was postponed. The following day the Dragons played a doubleheader and hosted a special “Dayton Strong” night at the ballpark to honor the nine victims, their families, and everyone else affected by this tragedy.

During both games on August 5 and during the game on August 6, the Dragons conducted a “Pass the Bucket” to allow fans to make cash donations to the Dayton Oregon District Tragedy Fund. Additionally,100 percent of the proceeds from the Dragons 50/50 raffle was donated to the fund. In total, Dragons fans raised nearly $12,500 in two days.

The Dragons honored the victims in a pre-game ceremony prior to the second game of the doubleheader on August 5. Nine Dragons players each took a single white rose and laid it at home plate during the ceremony to honor the nine victims as each of their names were read. Joining the players on the field was Dayton Mayor, Nan Whaley, as well as representatives from the Dayton Police and Fire departments.  Dragons fans were provided Dayton Strong placards they held up during this on-field moment to show their support.

Dragons player wore Dayton Strong patches on their jerseys for both games on August 5. They also had a Dayton Strong sticker on their batting helmets. Dragons staffers wore a Dayton Strong bracelet and there was a Dayton Strong field stencil used as well.  In addition, the Dayton Community Blood Bank was on the plaza at Fifth Third Field on August 6th make appointments for those wishing to donate blood.
https://twitter.com/DragonsBaseball/status/1159118992080027648

https://twitter.com/DragonsBaseball/status/1158845254411444226

Naturalization Ceremony during Dragons Game
On August 21, the Dragons hosted a naturalization ceremony for 20 new citizens who took their oath of allegiance on the field during an inning break of the Dragons game. In addition, the crowd joined in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the newly naturalized citizens.
https://www.milb.com/dayton/news/dragons-homestand-preview-for-august-21-23/c-310147400

Torch Run for Special Olympics
The Special Olympics of Ohio Law Enforcement Torch Run made its way to Fifth Third Field on June 23. A local law enforcement officer, along with a local Special Olympics athlete, ran through Dayton and Fifth Third Field as the torch headed to Columbus.
https://www.milb.com/dayton/news/dragons-homestand-preview-for-june-20-23/c-308273174

Jersey Auction
Two times during the 2019 season, the Dragons players and coaches wore specially designed jerseys to be autographed and auctioned off following the game. These jersey auctions supported the Dayton Dragons Foundation.

June 21 was a special game where a local veteran was honored as part of the Veteran Salute Program. As part of this night, Dragons players wore a special camo jersey.  Players autographed their jersey, and for the following week, proceeds were raised through an online auction to support local veteran charities.
https://twitter.com/DragonsBaseball/status/1143973129401917442

August 10 was “American Celebration Night” where Dragons players wore special red, white and blue patriotic jerseys.  These jerseys were auctioned off online during the following week to raise funds for local military organizations who assist our service members.  In total, these jersey auctions were able to raise nearly $12,000.
https://www.milb.com/dayton/community/jerseyauction

Five Fireworks Shows
The Dragons conducted five fireworks shows during the 2019 season, presented by Associated Builders and Contractors. Fireworks followed games on Saturday, April 27, Saturday, May 11, Saturday, June 1, Friday, June 21, and Saturday, August 31.
https://www.milb.com/dayton/news/dragons-announce-six-fireworks-shows-for-2019-season/c-305129014

CareSource’s Veteran Salute Program
CareSource’s Veteran Salute program highlighted five veteran’s stories during the season. Veterans who were chosen were honored at a Dragons game with an in-game ceremony and provided with VIP treatment during their special night. Dates were April 28, May 23, June 21, July 3, and August 10.
https://www.milb.com/dayton/community/veteransalute

Other 2019 Highlights at Fifth Third Field:

Hometown Heroes Celebration Nights: Five times during the 2019 baseball season, the Dragons partnered with the Dayton Development Coalition, SRC, Reynolds & Reynolds and TACG to pay tribute to all service men and women in the area. Festivities included the national anthem being performed by members of the United States Air Force, the presentation of the colors by the Wright Patterson Air Force Base Honor Guard, recognizing Folds of Honor that provides scholarships to military families, honoring Purple Heart recipients and Gold Star families, supporting organizations that enrich the lives of veterans, a make-up anniversary “date night” for military couples, and swearing in ceremonies for a group of local military recruits. The Hometown Heroes program was capped off by the American Celebration Night on August 10. Dates were April 12, May 22, June 23, July 11, and August 10.

Home Run for Life: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and the Dragons teamed up to provide five children battling serious medical conditions with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities during Dragons games. Each honoree got to take an honorary home run “lap” around the bases of Fifth Third Field during a game, cheered on by family, friends and the Dragons team. Dates were May 8, May 29, June 12, July 3, and August 31.

Community All-Stars: For the seventh straight year, the Dragons partnered with Vectren and for the first time Flying Ace Express Carwash to present the Dragons Community All-Stars Program honoring individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond to improve the quality of life in the Miami Valley. Five of them appeared on the field during a game with a tribute video telling their story. Dates were April 16, May 21, June 10, July 25, and August 22.

Dragons Ticketing Fundraiser for Non-Profit Groups:  For the third straight year, the Dragons worked with local non-profit organizations and charities to assist these organization in raising much needed funds through the Dragons ticketing fundraising program.  In 2019, over $165,000 was raised for local organizations through the program which allowed supporters, members, donors, sponsors, and employees of the charitable organizations to attend a Dragons game with a portion of their ticket sales proceeds being returned to their specific non-profit organization.

Dragons MVP Program:  The Dragons elementary school MVP Program included over 1,100 fourth and fifth grade classrooms in approximately 200 schools in 50 school districts. About 31,000 children participated. The program completed its 14th year in 2019. The Dragons MVP Program is made possible by the generous support of Ohio’s 529 Plan, the Dayton Dragons Foundation, Sinclair, Panera Bread, WDTN TV, and Dayton’s CW. The program is completely free of charge to the schools. The teacher in each of the classrooms selects five MVP’s based on the teacher’s judgment of performance, effort, citizenship, and improvement. The five MVPs receive four tickets to a Dragons game, tickets to a special Field Day event at the stadium during the season, an MVP certificate, and a Dragons MVP hat. Dragons players and mascots visit selected classrooms over the course of the season.

Top Teacher Award presented by Wright State University CEHS:  The “Top Teacher” award, presented by Wright State University College of Education and Human Services, returned for the second year as part of the Dragons MVP Program for 2019. Three teachers who participated in the MVP Program were selected, and they were honored during a special inning break of a Dragons game for their accomplishments in their classroom and community. “Top Teacher” honorees were recognized in the Play Ball game program, Dayton Daily News, radio commercials, and social media posts.

High School Baseball sponsored by Mount St. Joseph University: For the 14th consecutive season, the Dragons played host to high school baseball at Fifth Third Field. In April and May, 39 area high school teams participated in 20 games and raised over $30,000 for their athletic programs.

Dragons 5K: For the eighth time, the Dragons hosted a 5K run around downtown Dayton on July 20, presented by Orthopedic Associates.

Other Events
* Kettering Health Network Strike Out Stroke Night: May 9
* Home Build on the Plaza in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Synchrony: May 10
* Wright State University Raider Day at Fifth Third Field: May 12
* Boy Scout/ Girl Scout Overnighters: May 31 and July 12
* MVP Field Day: June 1
* Kettering Health Network Public Safety Day: July 14
* Fourth Annual Yoga in the Outfield: July 18
* IGS Energy’s Dragons Little Big Leagues Baseball Camps: June 10-11; July 25-26
* Dayton Firefighters Night: July 30
* 18th Annual Bob Ross Classic Game: August 2
* American Celebration Night: August 10
* Kettering Health Network Breast Cancer Awareness Game: August 11
* Great American Beer Tasting presented by Heidelberg Distributing: August 17
* Dayton Police Officers Night:  August 22
* Donatos Family Movie Night: August 24
* College Prep Night: September 25

Eight “Walks” at Fifth Third Field
Girls of the Run 5k:  May 11
Epilepsy Walk:  May 18
Miami Valley Women’s Health Walk:  May 18
Chron’s & Colitis Walk:  September 7
American Heart Association Walk:  September 21
Miami Valley Down Syndrome Buddy Walk:  September 28
Alzheimer’s Walk for the Cure:  October 5
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk:  October 19

National Entertainment Acts at Fifth Third Field

The Dragons home schedule in 2019 featured eight national entertainment acts on 11 different dates. They included:

April 25: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment
April 26: Russian Bar Trio
May 11: Jesse White Tumblers
May 23: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment
May 30: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment
June 2: Mutts Gone Nuts
June 8: Jesse White Tumblers
June 20: Team Zoom Canine Entertainment
July 6: Amazing Tyler
August 11: Xpogo
August 22: BirdZerk!
August 23: ZOOperstars

Ballpark Improvements

The Dragons Zone
In 2019, Fifth Third Field featured a new “Dragons Zone” behind the centerfield fence. This large, kid-friendly area included an assortment of face painting, special activities, and carnival games including Skee Roll, Bull Ringer, and Lily Pad Launcher, Pop-a-Shot, Duck Pond, and more. All games were $1.00 with the opportunity to win a variety of prizes – big and small. Throughout the season, fans could find fun and unique activities during weekend games.
New “Dog House” Concession Stand
The Dragons and Pro Sports Catering added a new concession stand next to the Samuel Adams Pub on the first base side called the “Dog House.” It featured four new giant hot dogs including a Mac-N-Cheese Dog, a BBQ Dog with pulled pork from the in-house smoker, a spicy Dragon Dog, and a Gyro Dog. Other hot dog items were featured by home stand.

The Samuel Adams PubThe Samuel Adams Pub featured four Samuel Adams brews in addition to multiple other beers and ciders. Halfway through the season, the Dragons gave fans the opportunity to select which beer they wanted to see in the Pub through a multi-week social media contest. After multiple rounds and close calls, fans chose Alaskan Amber Ale to be featured in the Samuel Adams Pub.

Improvements to Fifth Third Café
The Dragons teamed up with AZEK Building Products to bring a new look to the popular Fifth Third Café for the 2019 season. An AZEK Paver system was installed as a new flooring surface in the cafe. AZEK Pavers are made of up to 95% post-consumer recycled materials, with the added strength of a composite and a natural appearance that resists scratches and stains. They are lightweight, colorful, and durable.

Hall-of-Fame Display on Suite Level
A new display courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds Hall-of-Fame was added on suite level at Fifth Third Field, featuring memorabilia from former Dragons who have played for the Reds. The actual home plate from the 2015 MLB All-Star Game “Home Run Derby” autographed by the winner of the event, former Dragon Todd Frazier, is part of the display. It also includes various autographed jerseys and caps from key games in recent Reds history involving former Dragons such as Joey Votto, Johnny Cueto, Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton, Sal Romano, Amir Garrett, Homer Bailey, Edwin Encarnacion, Devin Mesoraco, Drew Stubbs, and Chris Heisey.

Additional New Concourse Banners
The Dragons doubled the number of historic banners on the main concourse at Fifth Third Field. Forty-four (44) banners depicting the Dragons experience.

New Double-Sized Luxury Suite
The Dragons combined suites 1 and 2 at Fifth Third Field into a reconstructed suite that is twice the size as the previous suites. The new suite accommodates larger numbers of fans for games and events.

Upgrades to Dragons Training Room
The training room at Fifth Third Field featured new flooring, cabinetry, and a renovated look with logo and artwork.

Renovated Customer Service Booth
The customer service booth feature new cabinets, countertop, and additional storage for fan items.

Season Review

The Dragons season began on April 4 and concluded on September 2. Here are some of the facts and statistics:
The Dragons completed the 2019 regular season with an attendance total for the year of 545,108. Dayton averaged 7,900 per date over 69 home openings in 2019. The Dragons have led all of Single-A baseball in attendance in each of their 20 seasons.  Also for the 20th consecutive year, the Dragons finished among the top-10 in all of Minor League Baseball in full-season attendance (all classifications).
Longest Sell-Outs Streaks in Professional Sports History
No.      Team                                                   League                                                            Years
1,385   Dayton Dragons                                  Minor League Baseball                                   2000-current
820      Boston Red Sox                                 Major League Baseball                                   2003-’13
814      Portland Trail Blazers                         National Basketball Association                     1977-’95
785      Dallas Mavericks                                National Basketball Association                     2001-’19
662      Boston Celtics                                     National Basketball Association                     1980-’95

Dayton Dragons 2019 Recap
Final Record: 58-82 (7th in Eastern Division)
First Half: 28-42 (7th in Eastern Division)
Second Half: 30-40 (6th in Eastern Division)

Final Attendance: 545,108
Per Game Attendance Average: 7,900

2019 Dragons Midwest League All-Star Game Participants:
Pabel Manzanero (catcher)

Midwest League Batter/Pitcher of the Week
Andy Fisher (Pitcher):                                     July 15-21
Connor Curlis (Pitcher):                                  August 4-10

Dragons Cincinnati Reds Minor League Batter/Pitcher of the Month
Ricky Salinas (Pitcher):                                  June
Andy Fisher (Pitcher):                                     July

Dragons on Baseball America’s Midwest League “Best Tools” Survey
Minor League Baseball’s trade publication, Baseball America, conducted a survey of Midwest League managers of the “best tools” in the circuit:

Best Relief Pitcher:                                         Connor Bennett

2019 Dragons Team Leaders
Batting
Batting Average:                                             Jay Schuyler, .260 (qualifier: minimum 378 plate app.)
Brian Rey, Pabel Manzanero, .281 (non-qualifiers)
Home Runs:                                                    Pabel Manzanero, 10
Runs Batted In:                                               Juan Martinez, Jay Schuyler, 50
Stolen Bases:                                                  Michael Siani, 45
Games Played:                                               Juan Martinez, 129

Pitching
Victories:                                                         Alexis Diaz, 7
Earned Run Average                                      Lyon Richardson, 4.15 (qualifier; min. 112 IP)
Saves:                                                             Connor Bennett, 12
Games Pitched:                                              Eddy Demurias, 40
Innings Pitched:                                              Lyon Richardson, 112.2
Strikeouts:                                                       Lyon Richardson, 106

Dragons among the Midwest League Leaders
Batters
Stolen Bases:                                                  Michael Siani, 1st (45)
Sacrifice Hits:                                                  Miguel Hernandez, Tied-1st (9)
Michael Siani, Tied-3rd (8)
Games:                                                           Juan Martinez, 3rd (129)
Miguel Hernandez, Tied-4th (127)
Runs:                                                               Michael Siani, Tied-4th (75)
Hits:                                                                 Michael Siani, 8th (118)
Doubles:                                                          Pabel Manzanero, Tied-9th (25)
Triples:                                                            Michael Siani, Tied-10th (6)

Pitchers
Fewest Baserunners/9 IP (relievers):             Matt Pidich, 1st (9.00)
Games Started:                                               Lyon Richardson, Tied-1st (26)
Jhon De Jesus, Tied-6th (23)
Lowest Batting Avg. Against (relievers):        Matt Pidich, 3rd (.179)
Highest K/9 IP (starters):                                Lyon Richardson, 3rd (8.47)
Saves:                                                             Connor Bennett, 4th (12)
Games Pitched:                                              Eddy Demurias, Tied-5th (40)

Notable Dragons Performances

Manzanero Trio

 

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Popular 1B Joey Votto rounds out Dragons Top 20 Greatest Players

 

Joey Votto playing 1B for Dayton (courtesy Dragons media relations)

Dayton, Ohio—The Dayton Dragons today announced the final name on their list of “20 Greatest Dragons.” The player recognition is part of the organization’s 20th Season Celebration.

 

Next on the list of the 20 Greatest Dragons is:

 

Joey Votto

 

Votto played in 171 games over the 2003 and ‘04 seasons with the Dragons.  In 2004, he batted .302 with 14 home runs in 111 games.

 

Votto made his MLB debut with the Reds in 2007 and has put together one of the greatest careers in franchise history.  He won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2010 and made his first of six appearances (so far) in the MLB All-Star Game that same year.  Entering the 2019 season, Votto’s .427 career on-base percentage ranked 10th in Major League history, and eight of the nine players ahead of him are in the hall-of-fame.

 

Votto is fifth in Reds history in career home runs, fifth in doubles, ninth in hits, and seventh in games played.  He is one of only three players in Reds history to produce a career batting average with Cincinnati of at least .300 with at least 250 home runs.

 

Votto joins the following players who have been previously announced as the 20 Greatest Dragons:   Austin Kearns, Zack Cozart, Justin Turner, Homer Bailey, Samone Peters, Devin Mesoraco, Didi Gregorius, Tucker Barnhart, Todd Frazier, Wily Mo Peña, Jesse Winker, Edwin Encarnacion, Johnny Cueto, Luis Bolivar, Jose Siri, Jay Bruce, Donald Lutz, Adam Dunn, and Billy Hamilton.

 

The 20 Greatest Dragons were selected based on a media vote of Dragons television, newspaper, radio, and internet reporters.  Additionally, during the 2019 season, the Dragons will be conducting a fan vote featuring one player per position to announce their all-time greatest lineup.

 

Additional information on the Dragons 20th Season celebration including videos on the 20 Greatest Dragons, special 20th Season merchandise, and Dragons alumni listings is available here:  https://www.milb.com/dayton/team/20.

 

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