DAYTON, Ohio -- The Dayton Dragons 10th season in the Midwest League was highlighted by the extension of the club's record-setting sellout streak and a first-of-its-kind event, the historic Reds Futures Game.
09/21/2009 3:18 PM ET
Spectacular sellout streak continues
Streak, Futures Game highlight Dragons' 10th season
Each of the Dragons' 70 home games in 2009 resulted in a sellout, extending the club's streak to 704 consecutive games. This is the longest sellout streak in professional baseball history and the second longest in professional sports history. Every Dragons game ever played at Fifth Third Field since the club's inception in 2000 has been sold out.
Longest sellout streaks in professional sports history
814 -- Portland Trail Blazers -- National Basketball Association: 1977-95
704 -- Dayton Dragons - Minor League Baseball: 2000-09
662 -- Boston Celtics - National Basketball Association: 1980-95
610 -- Chicago Bulls - National Basketball Association: 1987-2000
544 -- Boston Reds Sox - Major League Baseball: 2003-09 (through 9/17)
For the 10th straight year, the Dragons finished first among all Class A teams in the country in attendance, and finished in the Top 10 in all of Minor League Baseball. Total attendance for the season was 586,071. The Dragons' attendance total over their 10 years surpassed the 5.9 million mark in 2009.
Reds Futures Game
On April 4, the Cincinnati Reds visited Fifth Third Field in Dayton to meet the orgnization's top prospects from the Class A, Double-A and Triple-A levels. This game, known as the Reds Futures Game, marked the first time that a Major League team played its top prospects in a ballpark where many of the players had played in the course of their rise through the organization.
Dragons fans had the opportunity to see current Reds players, future Reds players and former Dragons players who have advanced in the Reds farm system. Among the players on the Futures Team were Reds 2008 first-round Draft pick, Yonder Alonso, and other highly regarded prospects, including infielder/outfielder Todd Frazier, outfielders Drew Stubbs and Chris Heisey, third baseman Juan Francisco, and pitchers Zach Stewart and Carlos Fisher.
The players wore special uniforms in the game, and pregame festivities included appearances by former Reds greats Ken Griffey, Sr., Eric Davis, Tommy Helms and Jim O'Toole.
Other 2009 highlights at Fifth Third Field
Joey Votto rehab assignment, home run
Reds star first baseman Joey Votto, who played for the Dragons in 2003-04, rejoined the Dragons for a two-day rehabilitation assignment on June 20-21. Votto's first night with the Dragons featured a new Dragons' single-game attendance record at Fifth Third Field. Votto did not disappoint the crowd as he belted the very first pitch thrown to him for a home run over the right-field fence.
Music Legends Concert
On July 10, three of the biggest names in music history entertained fans at Fifth Third Field, when Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp performed in a concert at the ballpark.
Atlantic 10 Championships
From May 20-23, the Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Championship took place at Fifth Third Field. No. 3 seed Xavier emerged as the champion.
High School Baseball
For the fourth consecutive season, the Dragons played host to high school baseball at Fifth Third Field. In April and May, 46 area high school teams participated in 24 games.
Top 10 ballparks in Minor League Baseball
In April, Baseball America released a list of the Top 10 Minor League ballparks in America, and Dayton's Fifth Third Field made the list. The home of the Dragons ranked No. 7, and was the top-rated Class A facility.
Bob Ross Classic
On July 25, the 10th Annual Bob Ross Classic was played at Fifth Third Field. The exhibition game showcased the best incoming high school seniors from 38 schools in the Miami Valley.
Dayton Dragons 2009 recap
Final record: 59-80
Second-half: 31-38 (5th in Eastern Division)
Final attendance: 586,071
Per-game attendance average: 8,494
2009 Midwest League All-Star Game participants
Kevin Coddington, catcher
Matt Fairel, left-handed pitcher
2009 Dragons award winners
Miguel Rojas, MWL "Best Defensive Shortstop" by Baseball America
Matt Fairel, MWL Pitcher of the Week, April 20-26
Ezequiel Infante, MWL Pitcher of the Week, Aug. 3-9
Mark Serrano, MWL Pitcher of the Week, Aug. 10-16
Mark Serrano, Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Month, August
Carlos Mendez, MWL Batter of the Week, Aug. 31-Sept. 7
2009 Dragons team leaders
Batting average: Carlos Mendez, .308
Home runs: Cody Puckett, 19
Runs batted in: Mendez/Puckett, 67
Stolen bases: Dave Sappelt, 26
Games played: Miguel Rojas, 130
Victories: Matt Fairel/Curtis Partch, 8
Earned run average: Matt Fairel, 2.93
Saves: Aguido Gonzalez, 11
Games pitched: Scott Gaffney, 41
Innings pitched: Matt Fairel, 110.2
2009 Dragons Midwest League leaders
Fielding percentage, shortstop: Miguel Rojas, .977
Midwest League records tied by Dragons in 2009
Kevyn Feiner, Most doubles, game (4, at Lansing, Aug. 8)
Dragons club records set in 2009
Carlos Mendez, Longest consecutive game hitting streak (20, July 17-Aug. 8)
Kevyn Feiner, Most doubles, game (4, at Lansing, Aug. 8)
Team, Most doubles, game (9, at Lansing, Aug. 8)
Team, Most stolen bases, game (8, at Lansing, June 27)
Team, Most strikeouts (pitchers), game (20, vs. West Michigan, May 13)
Dragons club records tied in 2009
Byron Wiley, Most home runs, game (3, at West Michigan, July 5)
Kevyn Feiner, Most hits, game (5, at Lansing, Aug. 8)
Other Dragons notable achievements, 2009
* Outfielder Stephen Chapman hit two home runs and stole three bases on May 18 at Lansing.
* Pitcher Matt Fairel struck out 13 batters on May 13 vs. West Michigan.
* Nine consecutive Dragons reached base and scored in the first inning on May 22 at Quad Cities.
* Shortstop Miguel Rojas hit the season's only walk-off home run on June 18 vs. West Michigan.
2009 Major League rehabilitation assignments with the Dragons
* Joey Votto, first baseman, June 20-21 (Votto hit a home run on the first pitch thrown to him)
* Jared Burton, pitcher, Aug. 5
Former Dragons to reach the Major Leagues in 2009
Carlos Fisher, pitcher, Reds
Craig Tatum, catcher, Reds
Robert Manuel, pitcher, Reds
Jeff Stevens, pitcher, Chicago Cubs
Drew Stubbs, outfielder, Reds
Pedro Viola, pitcher, Reds
Juan Francisco, third baseman, Reds
2009 Midwest League Champion
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