Maryland man buys Akron Aeros; agrees to long term lease to stay in Akron

AKRON, Oh - Changes for the Akron Aeros, but good news for local baseball fans. On Saturday, Akron city officials introduced the new owner of the Aeros, as well as a new lease agreement to keep the team in Akron for at least the next 25 years.

Ken Babby, a 32-year-old Maryland businessman, is now the team's new owner, buying the Cleveland Indians Double-A franchise from long-time owners Mike and Greg Agganis.

Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic introduced Babby, who said he intends to make improvements to the baseball stadium and improve attendance. Possible improvements include a new scoreboard, seating changes, and food areas. The team's name may also change.

In a release sent out by the city, Council President Marco Sommerville said he visited several stadiums. "Mayor Plusquellic got me involved early on," said Sommerville. "I visited several baseball facilities in order to compare our stadium to others, so that we would have an idea of what renovations were needed to make our stadium marketable."

The sale price for the team was not announced.

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