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Dayton Dragons rank 8th out of 160 teams in 2018 Minor League Teams in attendance





Dayton, Ohio— Minor League Baseball has announced the final attendance rankings for all 160 teams for the 2018 season.  The Dayton Dragons, a Single-A team, finished eighth in attendance among the 160 teams with a season’s total of 550,725.  The Dragons average per home date of 7,868 ranked ninth in the Minor Leagues.  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 19 seasons and have finished # 1 among all Single-A and Double-A teams for 13 straight years.


“The Dragons success is a tribute to our great fans, season ticket holders, and our corporate partners,” said Robert Murphy, Dragons President & General Manager.  “Our 2018 season was filled with great memories.  We saw 100 mph fastballs from Hunter Greene and we were excited to welcome first round draft pick Jonathan India to Dayton.  We introduced a new Hometown Heroes program.  We helped raise money for two great causes through special auctions of game-worn jerseys on American Celebration Night and Defeat Cancer Night.  And we are already at work to make 2019, our 20th year, another great season of Dragons Baseball at Fifth Third Field.”


The Dragons 19 seasons of operation represent the top 19 single-season attendance totals in Single-A baseball history.


Each of the 70 Dragons home games in 2018 resulted in a sell-out, extending the Dragons sell-out streak to 1,316 consecutive games.  Every Dragons game ever played at Fifth Third Field has been a sell-out.


Minor League Baseball also announced that its 2018 regular season attendance total of 40,450,337 marked the 14th consecutive year that teams combined to top 41 million.


2018 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, or on the web at


Dayton Dragons end-of-season Jersey and Memoribilia auction running now through Friday September 28




DAYTON, OHIO- The Dayton Dragons are making several 2018 game-worn jerseys and autographed baseballs available as part of an online auction.  The auction will run from Friday, September 21st at 9:00 a.m. until Friday, September 28th at 9:00 a.m.


Proceeds from the jersey auction will benefit the Dragons Foundation.  Go to this link to view the items and to bid:

All jerseys in the auction are autographed by the player or coach. Jerseys for the following players/coaches are featured in the auction:

White (Home) Autographed/Game-Worn Jerseys

#3, Hunter Greene

#18, John Ghyzel

#29, Mark Kolozsvary


Orange (Home/Friday) Autographed/Game-Worn Jerseys

#2, Jeter Downs

#3, Hunter Greene

#7, Jonathan India

#18, John Ghyzel

#24, Hendrix Clementina


Green (Home/Sunday) Autographed/Game-Worn Jerseys

#3, Hunter Greene


Gray (Road) Autographed/Game-Worn Jerseys

#18, John Ghyzel

#24, Hendrix Clementina

#29, Mark Kolozsvary


Black Batting Practice Autographed/Worn Jerseys

#7, Jonathan India


Autographed Midwest League Baseball Sets

Dragons MWL All-Star Game representatives (Hendrik Clementina, John Ghyzel, Cory Thompson)

Dragons team signed baseball

Packy Naughton signed baseball & Hunter Greene signed baseball

Hunter Greene signed baseball & Jonathan India signed baseball

Hendrick Clementina signed baseball & Jeter Downs signed baseball


Dayton’s Fifth Third Field to host Worship Concert & Celebration, October 7

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY Tom Nichols, Dayton Dragons; Venue Contact: Eric Deutsch; Promoter Contact: Caleb Ingram; COURTESY DAYTON DRAGONS MEDIA RELATIONS



Dayton Dragons Fifth Third Field from above (courtesy Dayton Dragons)



Sunday Night Concert Completes Weekend Activities


DAYTON, OH The Dayton Dragons in conjunction with Declare Worship Community, a local group of church and community leaders, are proud to announce a Sunday night concert celebration that will be held at Fifth Third Field on October 7th from 6pm to 8pm.


Tickets from this powerful concert will support both Rebuilding Together Dayton and a recovery scholarship fund.  The Declare Worship Community is uniting the churches, nonprofits, and the community across Greater Dayton at Fifth Third Field, and all are invited to serve and celebrate together.


Here is a schedule of Sunday events:


  • Sunday, October 7 (4-5pm) Victory March

Dozens of agencies and nonprofits and thousands in recovery marching together through the heart of downtown Dayton to the Don Crawford Plaza in front of Fifth Third Field

  • Sunday, October 7 (5-6pm) Family Festival / Don Crawford Plaza, Fifth Third Field

Family festival on Don Crawford Plaza.  Food, games, and inflatables; no entry fee, all welcome.  Resources will be available for various nonprofits and recovery ministries and agencies.

  • Sunday, October 7 (6-8pm) Concert / Celebration, Fifth Third Field

A powerful worship concert and celebration of the weekend.  Two local bands of incredibly talented musicians from churches across our city will be leading, along with a 100+ voice citywide gospel choir and more. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the Dayton Dragons Box Office, with $1.00 from each ticket being donated to a recovery scholarship fund.


This will be the 14th concert for the Declare Worship Community since 2014, following “Declare Dayton” at the University of Dayton Arena in 2016, five events around Greater Dayton in 2017, and now growing into multiple concerts around Greater Dayton and Cincinnati in 2018.



“We have been in communication with Fifth Third Field management and leaders across Greater Dayton for over a year to plan this weekend – seeing the support from church, community and city leaders has been overwhelming,” commented Caleb Ingram, Executive Director of Declare Worship Community.


“I have great anticipation of how we can impact this city and region as we stand together to declare victory in Jesus over the brokenness around us. The best is yet to come, and that is only possible as we stand together to lead the way to a stronger future,” noted Ingram.



The Dragons have worked with Declare Dayton to make special arrangements to allow Dragons season ticket holders, sponsors, group leaders and members on the Dragons wait list to have first opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public.  On Wednesday, September 5th at 10am the general public will be able to purchase tickets via the Dayton Dragons Box office in person or via phone at (937) 228-BATS (2287), or online at


All seats in the stadium seating bowl will be $10.00.


For more information about purchasing tickets, please contact the Dragons by calling at (937) 228-2287 (BATS), go to the Dragons web site at  For more information about getting involved with Declare Worship Community, contact Declare Dayton at or visit



Dragons’ Garcia, a recent Midwest League Player of the Week



Dayton Dragons infielder Jose Garcia has been named the Midwest League Batter of the Week for the week of August 13-19.

Jose Garcia


Garcia batted .448 during the week, going 13 for 29 with one double, two home runs, four RBI, five runs scored, and two stolen bases.


Garcia is the first Dayton player to win MWL Batter of the Week in 2018.  Two Dayton pitchers, Tyler Mondile and Packy Naughton, have won the league’s Pitcher of the Week award this season.


Dragons players, Clementina, Ghyzel named full-season Midwest League All-Stars




DAYTON, OHIO—The Midwest League has announced its 2018 full-season all-star team and additional player awards.  The full-season all-star team consists of nine position players and four pitchers from all 16 teams.  The team was selected through a vote of Midwest League managers.


Dayton Dragons catcher Hendrik Clementina was selected as the designated hitter on the full-season all-star team, while Dragons closer John Ghyzel was selected as the right-handed relief pitcher.

John Ghyzel

Hendrik Clementina


Clementina is tied for second in the Midwest League in home runs with 17.  His slugging percentage of .521 would rank second in the league, but he has not reached the minimum number of plate appearances to qualify.  Clementina has played in 82 of the Dragons 121 games, batting .268 with 52 runs batted in.


Ghyzel leads the league in saves with 18.  He has appeared in 38 games, posting an ERA of 3.49.  He has struck out 52 batters in 38.2 innings.


Clementina and Ghyzel become the 19th and 20th players in Dragons history to be selected to the full-season Midwest League all-star team.  Past Dragons honorees have included:


2000: Austin Kearns (OF); Braxton Whitehead (C)

2001: Wily Mo Pena (OF); Samone Peters (DH)

2002: Edwin Encarnacion (3B); Noochie Varner (OF); Nate Cotton (RH Relief Pitcher)

2004: Chris Dickerson (OF)

2006: Jay Bruce (OF)

2007: Justin Turner (2B); Chris Valaika (SS); Juan Francisco (3B)

2008: Zack Cozart (SS); Brandon Waring (3B)

2011: Billy Hamilton (SS), Drew Hayes (RH Relief Pitcher)

2015: Tyler Mahle (RH Starting Pitcher)

2017: Jose Siri (OF)


The following Midwest League awards were announced:


MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:             Elehuris Montero – Peoria

PROSPECT OF THE YEAR:             Royce Lewis – Cedar Rapids

MANAGER OF THE YEAR:               Craig Albernaz – Bowling Green


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