Hours after the league officially approved their petition to relocate, Dayton Sting front office informed the media and the fans their plans to move the team to Manchester, NH this off season. “It’s a bittersweet day for me and everyone involved with the club.” Said owner J. Joe Rickets Jr. “You’ll need to leave your home sometimes to build the future, The city of Dayton will always have a special place in the history of this ball club and in our hearts, I can’t begin to explain the sadness of leaving this town, We’ll miss you all. Thanks for being such loyal fans all these years.” The rumors had been swirling around the franchise ever since the sudden change in management took many by surprise in the final weeks of the regular season. Long time general manager Mike McAvoy resigned and was soon replaced by Sy Razi. The potential move was initially expected to come much sooner but a change in league regulations meant any attempt at relocation would need to be first voted on by the entire league. The issue was a hot topic at this year’s already jam packed winter meetings, and the move out of Dayton, where the team had spent the first ten years of its existence, winning a championship in the first year, was approved by a 13-1 count, with the Altoona Curve representative reportedly voting no.
Dayton has been very active throughout the off season, trading away star players Eddie Ramsey, Jose Arevalo, and Anthony Molina. But all those changes will now certainly be overshadowed by the news of the team moving to New Hampshire. “Minutes ago We officially informed league office of our plans to move the team to the city of Manchester.” Said GM Sy Razi. The decision was reportedly the result of an opinion poll, With Manchester beating out other cities including Paterson, NJ and Chesapeake, VA. “I must say we applaud the choice the participants made, and we couldn’t agree with it more. The state of New Hampshire has a vibrant sports culture and a fan base longing for a top level sports franchise and We’re honored to call it our new Home.” Razi also informed the press that the team will have a brand new Nickname and logo and from the beginning of the preseason will be officially known as the “Manchester Marauders”, The team will also change its primary color from yellow to Orange. The Marauders will still compete in HL East division where the team finished last in 2023, going 68-94n only the third time the franchise din’t reach playoffs.. Sources have confirmed the newly branded club will be hosting its games at Bartlett Park.
Whether the Marauders will succeed in establishing and energizing a fan base in their new town remains to be seen, but with a new home, a new name, a new GM and a revamped roster, The club will be one to watch over the next few years, trying to recreate the glory days of Daytona Cubs and Dayton Sting. Make your opinion about the move known in the comments.