The Dayton Dragons held a Meet the Players event on Wednesday. The Dragons will open their season today and look to continue their record for selling out home games this year.
The Dragons are the Class A minor league team affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Last year, the team broke the record for consecutive sellouts at home games which had stood at 814. Dayton is now over the 900 consecutive game sellout mark.
Tom Nichols of the Dayton Dragons says the team won several awards last year and the Dragons will continue to build on that success this season.
"Last season their was an award given to the top team in all of sports, Operation wise. There were five finalists for that award: the Texas Rangers, the Boston Bruins,Tony Stewart Racing, Sporting Kansas City. All of those are major league organizations," Nichols said. "And for the first time in history a minor league team was also a finalist, that was the Dayton Dragons. We were very honored to be one of the five finalists for Team of the Year. And at the end of the season we were selected as the minor league baseball national Team of the Year. So those are some of the awards. You are part of something very special here to be part of the Dayton Dragons."
The Dragons have added several top players to their roster this year and will feature pitcher Robert Stephenson, who is considered the number two prospect in the Reds organization.
Tonight's season opener will be the first of seven games on the road. This year's home opener is set for Thursday, April 11 when the Dayton Dragons will play against the Great Lakes Loons.