As a fan of the Montgomery Biscuits, I was shocked to read this news. At a news conference Thursday at Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery Biscuits owner Sherrie Meyers and city officials announced that the team will be sold to a new ownership group headed by boxing promoter/television producer Lou DiBella.
Meyers and husband Tom Dickson were selected as a private owner group by the city of Montgomery when the team was hauled in from Orlando in 2004, where the team was operating under the name Rays. The name Biscuits was chosen after a name the team contest. The name was commercially a success. Only in the third year of existence, the club won the Southern League pennant in 2006 and repeated in 2007.
The previous owners also own the Lansing Lugnuts, so they will not leave minor league baseball completely.
The sale comes with a usual set of conditions as it must be approved by the Southern League, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball.
It is not expected that DiBella will change much in the upcoming season. The season is around the corner so there isn’t enough time to change much. Not that it is needed as the Biscuits are known for being a well-run team. DiBella did not want to get into details about plans he has for Montgomery, but said he is an idea guy who will look to make his mark on the team and bring people to the stadium who had never been before.
DiBella brings an owner group with him of which some are also partial owner of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA, Eastern League). According to the Mongomery Advertiser, the club was put in the shopping window in 2016.
“Minor league baseball is about fun, and it’s about relationships,” DiBella said. “Our goal is to get everybody working with us and for us to have fun, and we want that to trickle down to everybody who walks into the ballpark, and we want to be an impactful, important part of the community.”
The Biscuits enter their eighteenth season in Montgomery. Since the beginning, the team plays in beautiful Riverwalk Stadium, which was built in a former railway station.