Dayton Dragons

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Team History[edit]

The Dayton Dragons, of the Midwest League and briefly in High-A Central, began the longest sellout string in U.S. professional sports history in a city that hadn't had professional baseball for 50 years when they debuted in 2000. The Cincinnati Reds farmhands play their home games at Day Air Ballpark in Dayton, OH.

The Rockford Reds moved to Dayton from Rockford, IL, a season after new ownership dropped the Chicago Cubs for the Reds. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization moved them, and most of the MwL, up one level. If the reported $40 million for the Dragons' 2014 sale is even close, the then-Low A club set a price record for all of minor league baseball.

The sell-out record when the streak began was 814 games, by the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA, beaten by the Boston Red Sox who made it 820 straight sellouts from 2003 to 2013. As of the end of the 2019 season, the Dragons' streak had reached 1,135 games before being paused by the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and the ensuing restrictions on attending public events in 2021. The Dragons resumed the counting at the start of 2022, with the opener barely qualifying as a sellout.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2000 70-67 7th Freddie Benavides Lost in 2nd round Brian Conley Don Alexander
2001 82-57 4th Donnie Scott Lost in 2nd round Brian Conley Bill Moloney
2002 73-67 7th Donnie Scott Lost in 1st round Brian Conley Ted Power
2003 61-78 13th Donnie Scott Billy White Jaime Garcia
2004 48-92 14th Alonzo Powell Max Venable Larry Pierson
2005 60-79 14th Alonzo Powell Chris Sabo Larry Pierson
2006 67-73 9th Billy Gardner Jr. Alonzo Powell Larry Pierson
2007 78-62 6th Donnie Scott Lost in 1st round Darren Bragg Doug Bair
2008 66-72 11th Donnie Scott Lost in 2nd round Darren Bragg Doug Bair
2009 59-80 11th Todd Benzinger Tony Jaramillo Tony Fossas
2010 53-85 15th Todd Benzinger Ken Griffey, Sr. / Jason Baker Tony Fossas
2011 83-57 1st Delino DeShields Lost in 1st round Alex Pelaez Tony Fossas
2012 60-78 15th Delino DeShields Alex Pelaez Tom Browning
2013 65-74 11th Jose Nieves Alex Pelaez Tony Fossas
2014 68-70 8th Jose Nieves Luis Bolivar Tony Fossas
2015 71-68 9th Jose Nieves Luis Bolivar Tom Browning Corky Miller
2016 47-93 16th Dick Schofield Luis Bolivar Derrin Ebert Corky Miller
2017 71-69 7th Luis Bolivar Lost in 2nd round Daryle Ward Derrin Ebert Kevin Mahar
2018 58-80 15th Luis Bolivar Daryle Ward Seth Etherton Kevin Mahar
2019 58-82 13th Luis Bolivar Mike Devereaux Seth Etherton Kevin Mahar
2020 Season cancelled
2021 65-55 3rd (t) Jose Moreno Daryle Ward Brian Garman Darren Bragg
2022 Bryan LaHair Daryle Ward Brian Garman Juan Samuel


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