|McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, R.I.|
The Triple-A PawSox have been the corner stone in the Red Sox organization and a model for minor league franchises around the country.
Today it was reported that the PawSox are poised to sell.
The sale price is not yet known, nor are the names of the owners purchasing the PawSox.
They have been owned by Ben Mondor and his wife Madelein. He passed away in 2010.
The PawSox have been located at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. since 1970, when they were a Double A team in the Eastern League. But the Double A team moved to Bristol, Conn., and the PawSox became Boston’s Triple A affiliate in 1977.
Mondor and the state of Rhode Island spent millions to revitalize McCoy over the years and created one of the most fan-friendly minor league venues in the country now seating 10,031 fans, almost double the capacity of the stadium when Mondor bought it.
Part of the Red Sox ownership group will purchase the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox.
Current PawSox management would not comment on the proposed sale, and several Red Sox executives contacted, including Larry Lucchino and Sam Kennedy, also declined to comment.
The PawSox have provided entry to the majors for hundreds of players. The Red Sox have always enjoyed the convenience of having their Triple A franchise just an hour away, leading to quick access when moves need to be made.
It’s not known whether the current PawSox front office will stay intact or whether the Red Sox ownership will bring in its own people to run the daily operations.
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