Before moving to Dayton for the 2000 season, the team that is known today as the Dayton Dragons was based in Rockford, Ill. Over the course of its 12-year run in Rockford, the team went through a multitude of names based on being affiliated with different Major League Baseball organizations. The Dragons started as the Expos from 1988-1992 before becoming the Royals for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. The team was known as the Cubbies from 1995 to 1998 before changing to the Reds in 1999. The Reds then brought the team closer to home by relocating it to Dayton at the turn of the millennium. The Dayton Dragons games are one of the hottest tickets in all of American professional sports, having sold out a record 1,316 consecutive home games. That's every home game since the team moved to Dayton. Grab your tickets to see the Dayton Dragons live at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub.
Who is the manager for the Dayton Dragons?
In November of 2019, former Reds shortstop Travis "Gookie" Dawkins was named the manager of the Single-A Dayton Dragons. Dawkins is the replacement for former manager Louis Bolivar, who the Reds promoted to Director of Academies in the Dominican Republic and Arizona. The Reds drafted Dawkins in the second round of the MLB draft in 1997. He made it to the Major Leagues with the Reds and spent four seasons with the Kansas City Royals before retiring. Dawkins coached a youth team in South Carolina after retirement before contacting the Reds for a job. The organization brought him in for the 2015 season as the manager of the rookie-level team in Greenville. Dawkins is the 10th manager for the Dragons as it goes into its 21st season.
Who are some notable players who have played for the Dayton Dragons?
Over the years, some of Major League Baseball's top names have passed through Dayton on their way to the Big Leagues. Sluggers Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns were teammates on the 2000 Dragons' team. MLB veteran Edwin Encarnacion spent two seasons with the Dragons from 2001 to 2002. First baseman, Joey Votto, third baseman and former MLB Home Run Derby champion, Todd Frazier, World Series champion closer, Aroldis Chapman and starting pitcher Johnny Cueto are all Dayton alumni. An impressive 102 total players have appeared in Major League baseball that spent a portion of their careers with the Dragons.
Where do the Dayton Dragons play?
Fifth Third Field is the flagship stadium of the Midwestern League. Constructed in 2000 for the arrival of the Dayton Dragons, Fifth Third Field has a seating capacity of 7,230. That's quite a large number for a Single-A stadium, but the Dragons have sold out every home game since the team arrived in 2000. The former record for consecutive home sellouts belonged to the NBA's Portland Trailblazers, which sold out 815 games between 1977 and 1995. Today, the Dragons consistently outdraw every other team in Class A, every team in Double-A, and all but nine teams in Triple-A.
Does the Dayton Dragons franchise have any rivals?
The primary rival for the Dayton Dragons is the Bowling Green Hot Rods who are the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. Not only are the Dragons and the Hot Rods divisional foes, but they are close geographically as well.
Where can I buy Dayton Dragons tickets?
You can get your tickets to see the Dayton Dragons and the rest of the Midwestern Baseball League at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub.Back to Top
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