Hardball Capital sells Salem Avalanche

According to today’s Journal Gazette, Jason Freier of Hardball Capital has sold it’s other Minor League baseball team in Roanoke Virginia, the Salem Avalanche, to a company that also owns the Boston Red Sox.

From the article: 

Jason Freier, one of the owners, said the sale of the Salem Avalanche to a company that is also owned by the Boston Red Sox was “a fluky thing” and has “absolutely nothing” to do with the Wizards or the Harrison Square project.

“I can guarantee we will be baseball owners in Fort Wayne for a long time. We’re going to own the team for a very considerable amount of time,” Freier said in a phone interview. “One has nothing to do with the other. We never envisioned selling the Salem team. It was a fluke thing.”

Fenway Sports Group agreed to buy the Avalanche, a Class A team in the Carolina League. Hardball Capital had bought the team between the 2005 and 2006 seasons, the same time it bought the Wizards.

“I personally agonized whether or not to do the deal with the Red Sox,” Freier said. “(But) we’re not just selling the team to anyone. The folks that are coming in know a little something about baseball as well.”

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