April 13, 2007 April 13, 2007Posted by atlanticleaguenews in Uncategorized.
Patriots Day: The Somerset Patriots announced the signing of former Cincinnati Reds P Brian Reith. This was something that I’d heard might happen about three weeks ago from a player who’d already been signed, but I wasn’t sure if he’d actually sign his deal.
Never the less, the 29-year-old righty appeared in 73 games for the Reds in 2001, 2003 and 2004. He has a career 4-12 MLB record, with a 5.92 ERA. He was originally picked by the Yankees, but was shipped to Cincinnati in the Denny Neagle deal.
You down with ODP? Yeah, you know me: (PR) Baltimore, MD – Keystone/Maryland Baseball, a leader in minor league baseball team ownership and operations for 25 years, today announced the formation of a parent company named “Opening Day Partners” (ODP). In addition, Opening Day Partners has officially added Hall-of-Fame Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson as a member of its ownership group. Under the new name, the group will continue its role as leaders in minor league team ownership, ballpark design/construction and other related businesses.
Opening Day Partners currently owns and operates three teams: The Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers, the Camden (NJ) Riversharks and the York (PA) Revolution which will play its inaugural season this year. Since 1982, the group has owned and/or operated more than a dozen teams, including teams at every level of minor league baseball. Teams owned by the group have included the Hagerstown Suns, Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox, Aberdeen Arsenal, Lancaster Barnstormers, Camden Riversharks, Nashua Pride, York Revolution, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (proposed for 2008) and Delmarva Shorebirds.
The group is also exploring bringing minor league baseball to a number of additional communities in the mid-Atlantic region.
“This is a very exciting day for us,” said Peter Kirk, Chairman of Opening Day Partners. “Over the years we have established ownership brands throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and today we are bringing those brands together to form Opening Day Partners. Adding Brooks to the group makes it that much more special and even more appealing to the communities in which we play.”
Kirk is a long-time baseball executive who served two terms as Chairman of the board of trustees for Minor League Baseball. He also served as a member of the Professional Baseball Executive Council which governed the sport during the period when there was a vacancy in the Commissioner of Baseball office. Under Kirk’s direction, the ownership group has brought more new teams and ballparks to communities than any group in the modern history of professional baseball.
Hall-of-Famer Brooks Robinson had been involved with the organization for three years as a special assistant before joining the ownership group. The Arkansas native proudly calls Maryland his home and is one of the most beloved players in Orioles history. Brooks has been a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame since 1983.
“I have had an outstanding relationship with Peter Kirk and Jon Danos for quite awhile and I was thrilled when they invited me to be a part of their ownership group. Their outstanding reputation in the minor league baseball industry combined with their plans for continued growth is very exciting,” said Robinson.
Since 1982, Opening Day Partners has owned and operated its own minor league teams, operated teams for others, assisted in the sale and purchase of teams, and advised/consulted with clients around the world. A subsidiary company has operated food service facilities in diverse venues including the US Air Arena, Patriot Center and for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Another subsidiary has supplied the ground crews for the Sydney Olympics and for the Baltimore Orioles’ exhibition game in Havana, Cuba.
In addition to team ownership, ODP has provided stadium design, construction and operation services to numerous communities such as; Wilmington, Delaware, Trenton, New Jersey, Atlantic City, New Jersey, Portland, Maine, Aberdeen, Maryland, Frederick, Maryland, Prince Georges County, Maryland, and Wicomico County, Maryland. Opening Day Partners, together with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the York County Industrial Development Authority, is currently in the final construction phase of Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, Pennsylvania where the Revolution will begin play this summer. In addition, with the State of Maryland and Charles County Maryland, ODP expects to bring baseball to the Southern Maryland region in 2008 when the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs take the field.
“This is an outstanding day for Opening Day Partners,” said Jon Danos, President, Chief Operating Officer of Opening Day Partners and a member of the ownership group. “We have placed teams in markets that have embraced the clubs and really made their teams an important part of the community. We continue to aggressively pursue other opportunities throughout minor league baseball and look forward to meeting with interested municipalities in the coming months.”
I still hope to speak with Mr. Robinson about his role with Opening Day Partners before…in somewhat of an ironic twist…Opening Day. – Ashmore