Founded in 1988
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Midwest League (1988–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Cincinnati Reds (1999–present)|
Chicago Cubs (1995–1998)
|Minor league titles|
|Division titles||1988, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2011|
|Nickname||Dayton Dragons (2000–present)|
Rockford Reds (1999)
|Ballpark||Fifth Third Field (2000–present)|
|Previous parks||Marinelli Field (1988–1999)|
|Mandalay Sports Entertainment|
|General manager||Gary Mayse|
The Dayton Dragons are a Class A minor league baseball team playing in the Midwest League from Dayton, Ohio. The Dragons are affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. Their home stadium is Fifth Third Field. In 2011, they broke the record for most consecutive sellouts by a professional sports team, selling out their 815th consecutive game, breaking the record formerly held by the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Dragons came to Dayton in 2000. They were previously a franchise based in Rockford, Illinois, and were called the Rockford Expos (1988–1992), Rockford Royals (1993–1994), Rockford Cubbies (1995–1998), and Rockford Reds (1999).
Fifth Third Field
The team's home park is Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio.
During its first season the Dragons set a class A baseball attendance record of 581,853. Dayton broke that record in 2003 when 590,382 fans—ranking seventh in all of minor league baseball—went through the turnstiles, and again in 2004 with 593,663 paying fans.
The Dragons average 8,375 fans per game, or 116% of capacity. The Dragons have been the top Class A team in attendance every year of their existence, and have set and re-broken the record for Class A attendance three times. On April 17, 2007, the Dragons enjoyed their 500th consecutive sellout.
On July 9, 2011, the Dragons officially set a new record of 815 consecutive sellout games. The sellout streak is the longest across all professional sports in the U.S. passing the previous record set by the Portland Trail Blazers from 1977–1995. The Dragons continued their sellout streak throughout 2012 and finished the season with their 913th straight sold-out game.
- The team was voted as one of the top ten hottest tickets to get in ALL of professional sports by Sports Illustrated.
- The Dragons have led the Midwest League and all of Single A baseball in total season attendance since 2011.
- They had a total 2012 attendance of 588,689.
- They averaged 8,532 fans in attendance per game in 2012, the third highest average among all Minor League teams (behind only the AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and the AAA Columbus Clippers
- On July 9, 2011, they set the new record of the most consecutive sold out games (815 total) in all of professional sports. As of the end of the 2012 season, the still-in-progress record stands at 913 straight games.
- Notable part-owners of the team include former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin and basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson.
- In 2011, Ballpark Digest named the Dragons the "Minor League Baseball Organization of the Year." This honor came during a year in which they set the all-time professional sports sellout streak of 815 (they finished the season at 843 consecutive sellouts); finished 1st in the Midwest League Eastern Division and had the overall best Midwest League record (.593); set franchise records for wins (83–57), wins in a half (48–22 during the second half, which was also the best record among the 80 teams in the seven full-season Minor League Baseball leagues that split their seasons), road wins (38), and wins in a month (22 in August); set franchise records for team ERA (3.39) and shutout wins (14); set a Midwest League pitching record for strikeouts (1,292); and set a franchise record for stolen bases (224, including 103 by shortstop Billy Hamilton, which was the 9th highest total ever for a Minor Leaguer).
- In 2012, the Dragons were a finalist team for the Sports Business Journal "Professional Sports Team of the Year."
- In 2012, the Dragons franchise was said to be valued at $23 million making the team the most valuable class A minor league franchise in the United States.
- In 2012, the Dragons franchise was selected as the winner of the John H. Johnson President’s Trophy. The winning team, chosen from all minor league teams (Single A, Double A, and Triple A), is chosen by the president of Minor League Baseball and given to "the complete baseball franchise -- based on franchise stability, contributions to league stability, contributions to baseball in the community, and promotion of the baseball industry." Only two other Midwest Leagues teams have received this award.
- Site of the Midwest League All-Star Games in 2001 and 2013
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|DAY||2000||70||67||.511||4th in MWL East||2||3||.400||Lost to Michigan in League Semifinals|
|DAY||2001||82||57||.590||2nd in MWL East||2||2||.500||Lost to South Bend in League Semifinals|
|DAY||2002||73||67||.521||4th in MWL East||0||2||.000||Lost to West Michigan in League Quarterfinals|
|DAY||2003||61||78||.439||6th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|DAY||2004||48||92||.343||6th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|DAY||2005||60||79||.432||6th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|DAY||2006||67||73||.479||5th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|DAY||2007||78||62||.557||3rd in MWL East||1||2||.333||Lost to South Bend in League Quarterfinals|
|DAY||2008||66||72||.478||2nd in MWL East||2||2||.500||Lost to South Bend In League Semifinals|
|DAY||2009||59||80||.425||4th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|DAY||2010||53||85||.384||8th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|DAY||2011||83||57||.593||1st in MWL East||1||2||.333||Lost to Lansing In League Quarterfinals|
|DAY||2012||60||78||.435||8th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
|DAY||2013||65||74||.468||6th in MWL East||–||–||–||Did not Qualify|
Notable Dragons Alumni
Many former Dragons players have gone on to play in MLB. The following are notable players whose minor league career included playing for the Dayton Dragons. (Years played in Dayton are in parenthesis)
- Austin Kearns (2000)
- José Acevedo (2000)
- Ray Olmedo (2000)
- Adam Dunn (2000)
- John Koronka (2001)
- Wily Mo Peña (2001)
- Edwin Encarnacion (2001–2002)
- Ryan Hanigan (2002-2003)
- Todd Coffey (2002–2003)
- Miguel Perez (2003–2004)
- Joey Votto (2003–2004)
- Chris Dickerson (2004)
- Homer Bailey (2005)
- Johnny Cueto (2006)
- Jay Bruce (2006)
- Logan Ondrusek (2006)
- Drew Stubbs (2007)
- Enerio Del Rosario (2008)
- Todd Frazier (2008)
- Billy Hamilton (2011)
The Dragons have had seven managers in their history:
- Freddie Benavides (2000)
- Donnie Scott (2001–2003, 2007–2008)
- Alonzo Powell (2004–2005)
- Billy Gardner, Jr. (2006)
- Todd Benzinger (2009–2010)
- Delino DeShields (2011–2012)
- José Nieves (2013–present)
The Dragons are broadcast on 980 WONE, with Tom Nichols and Mike Couzens as the broadcasters.
Dayton Dragons roster
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- Major Award Winners
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