The new owners of the American Defenders of New Hampshire (independent; Can-Am Association) — the former Nashua Pride — have inked a three-year lease with the city of Nashua for Historic Holman Stadium.The new owners of the American Defenders of New Hampshire (independent; Can-Am Association) — the former Nashua Pride — have inked a three-year lease with the city of Nashua for Historic Holman Stadium. The owners, as we reported earlier, have a few tricks up their sleeves. First, the new ownership group, Boston Baseball All-Stars, LLC, has announced they’ll be bringing a concert series to Holman Stadium. In what could be the more noteworthy move, the group — led by Nokona Athletic Goods executives Buddy Lewis, Jerry O’Connor and Terry Allvord as well as former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette — say they’ll offer shares of the team to local business leaders.
"We are looking forward to improving baseball operations at all levels and revamping the game day experience to provide significant value for the youth groups, residents and fans in Southern New Hampshire," said Allvord. "The team will continue to operate as a Can-Am member and we are sure that Dan and Chris will be able to field a club loaded with high-caliber professional talent. We invite as many people as possible to take part in the shared success of our hometown team."
As part of the new ownership, the name of Duquette’s NECBL summer-collegiate team will change from the Pittsfield Dukes to the Pittsfield American Defenders.