MONTGOMERY – Like yeast rising in the oven, a new day has dawned in Montgomery as the River Region community welcomes the DiBella Era of Biscuits Baseball.
In a deal finalized by Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the Southern League Thursday, the new Biscuits ownership group will be spearheaded by experienced minor league operators Lou DiBella, Gary Green, Larry Botel, Peter Huff and Todd "Parney" Parnell.
Green, with his partner Botel, joined DiBella in ownership of the Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2009, acquired the AAA Omaha Storm Chasers in 2012, and recently announced the acquisition of Baseball America. Parnell is COO of the Richmond Flying Squirrels and one of the most respected and visionary executives in Minor League Baseball. The minor league baseball supergroup plans to attract new fans, while bringing more excitement to Riverwalk Stadium and Montgomery's downtown.
"On behalf of new ownership, we're thrilled to take the reins of the Montgomery Biscuits from Sherrie Myers," Managing Owner Lou DiBella said. "Under Sherrie, the Biscuits have created a legacy that we will proudly build on. While we own the franchise, it really belongs to our fans and the River Region.”
City of Montgomery officials and former Biscuits' owners Sherrie Myers and Tom Dickson announced in February the team would be sold to new owners this spring. All parties agreed Myers would continue managing the franchise until the deal was officially approved.
"Tom and Sherrie bet big on the Biscuits back before downtown became the preeminent entertainment and tourist destination it is today, and in return, we all reaped the rewards of their success," Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange said. "The Biscuits’ performance over the past 13 seasons exemplifies what it means to achieve major success in minor league baseball. We also attribute this success to those in our business community who made substantial initial investments in the franchise – people like Jimmy Lowder, Jerry Kyser, our own Mac McLeod, Young Boozer, the Inscoes and others.”
Today marks the second day of the DiBella Era, and community leaders eagerly anticipate what's next. The team that turned the lights back on downtown will now see a new spark of excitement as DiBella and his associates introduce new ways to enjoy the Biscuits.
“The Biscuits' next chapter will be just as exciting and rewarding, and we relish the opportunity to build an even better Biscuits brand in the heart of the Capital of Dreams,” Mayor Strange said. “These are partners who have a long track record of building big franchises in professional sports. They not only embraced everything about Montgomery, but they understand that to be a success here, you have to make some noise!"
This year marks the Biscuits’ 14th season in Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium. The franchise has accumulated numerous awards and recognition ranging from Baseball America’s Double-A Organization of the Year to Best Mascot and The South's Best Ballpark Bites.
"We are going to make ourselves indispensable to the community, reinvigorate the ballpark experience for our fans, and facilitate and encourage more of our friends and neighbors to join us at Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium,” DiBella said. “The ballpark will be a destination for entertainment, sports and community events all year round. These Biscuits are gonna be hot! Come to the ballpark soon. Together, we are going to have fun, get loud and make memories. Expect many announcements in the days and weeks to come and plan on joining us during our Grand Reopening Weekend, from June 22 through June 25."