We originally talked about how the Billings Mustangs may have been up for sale nearly three weeks ago. Since then the team was unofficially sold, but all sales of minor league teams must get the approval from Major League Baseball. That approval came through yesterday and the team was officially sold to Main Street Baseball. They also own teams in Wilmington, High Desert and Quad Cities.
The Mustangs are the defending Pioneer League champions may be heading forward with new ownership but there probably aren’t any changes at all with how this handles anything from the Reds perspective as the new ownership said they intend to keep that partnership moving forward. The local Billings fans may notice a difference with new things around the park or new promotions that are brought in by the new group though.
“The most fun part about minor league baseball is watching families together,” said Heller, president of Main Street Baseball. “We want (Dehler Park) to be the most fun, affordable, family-friendly ballpark in the region, if not the country.
“We’re going to target our improvements with that in mind.”
The family-friendly nature seems to be the selling point on nearly every minor league team around, so the plan is one that has worked well in other places. With that said, Billings has historically drawn very well, so there may only be so much room for growth in attendance with a renewed emphasis on more family-friendly events and activities at the ballpark.