New owner takes control at Jacksonville Suns

10 March 2015 | Posted in Sports Properties, Baseball, North America, | By David Cushnan

New owner takes control at Jacksonville Suns

The Jacksonville Suns Minor League Baseball team has been sold by the Bragan family to Ken Babby, owner of the Eastern League's Akron RubberDucks.

The Suns, a Southern League franchise, have been owned by the Bragans since Peter Bragan Sr. acquired the team for around US$330,000 in 1984. Following his death in 2012, son Peter 'Pedro' Bragan assumed the role of president.

"Ken is about the age I was when daddy bought the team," Bragan, Jr. said. "He has the youth, enthusiasm, and smarts to carry on the great tradition of affordable family fun that daddy started so long ago."

35-year old Babby, a former marketing executive at the Washington Post, bought the Akron franchise in October 2012, before changing the name from the Akron Aeros to the RubberDucks. The RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians Major League Baseball team. The Suns are the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

Babby is thought to have paid around US$25 million for the Suns.  The deal is expected to close in September, following ratification by Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and the City of Jacksonville.
"I am humbled and honoured to take over the Suns from the Bragan family, who have created such a rich tradition and history," Babby said.

"I look forward to working closely with Pedro to ensure a smooth transition, and making the Suns the very best in affordable family entertainment in Jacksonville."

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