Vancouver Canadians sold to New York-based Diamond Baseball Holdings

Former owners Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney made the announcement today.

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Former owners Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney announced the sale today

One wonders if Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney were tempted to shed a tear when they signed the papers selling off the Vancouver Canadians. Of course, there’s no crying in baseball.  

The duo announced today that the team has been sold to New York-based Diamond Baseball Holdings, which owns 16 minor league clubs. 

Kerr and Mooney, who bought the team in 2007 and have been a big part of the team’s box office success since, insist that fans will not notice a difference at Nat Bailey Stadium. 

“Jake and Jeff have built a club that represents the best of baseball, a quality organization that cultivates deep engagement across many aspects of the community,” said DHB executive chairman Pat Battle and CEO Peter Freund in a release. “We are thrilled to begin this next chapter of the Canadians story with them.” 

Kerr and Mooney will remain with the team in chairman roles.  

For its part, DBH has implemented a strategy of continuing to run its teams locally.  

“As DBH works to scale the baseball experience and enhance value for local fans, players, and visitors, we recognize and are committed to deepening this club’s important role in Vancouver,” added Battle and Freund.