The question has been swirling for weeks: Are the Aeros being sold?
But Greg Agganis, the team’s chief executive officer, said there’s only a half truth to the recent rumors.
“People have approached us to buy the team,” Agganis said via email. “But as of now, we are still operating the club and have not made any decisions as of yet.”
Jim Pfander, the Aeros first-year executive vice president/general manager, echoed that statement.
“Mike (Agganis) and Greg are still the owners of the franchise and I don’t see that changing anytime soon,” Pfander, an Akron native, said via phone.
One name that was linked to a possible sale of the Double-A team is current Aeros consultant Chuck Domino. In one of his first consulting moves, Domino suggested the Agganis’ hire Pfander - which they did in October.
“Chuck Domino was hired last year as a consultant and will continue to be involved next year,” was all that Agganis would say when asked if Domino was involved as a possible buyer.
If not a buyer, a high-ranking title like president sure seems to fit Domino, the reigning and five-time Eastern League Executive of the Year. He is currently the chief operating officer of the Richmond Squirrels, a Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants in the Eastern League.
Although he did not return a phone call from the Beacon Journal seeking comment, he has previous ties and successful stints with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A, International League) and the Reading Phillies (Double-A, Eastern League).
Minor league baseball prohibits an individual from having a role with more than one team in the same league, save for working as an outside consultant.