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Jacksonville Suns Owner To Sell Team At End Of 'Pedro's Last Dance' Season

Jacksonville Suns

The family who’s owned the Jacksonville Suns minor-league baseball team since the early '80s is selling it. The Bragan family has announced the sale will be complete at the end of the baseball season in September.

Akron RubberDucks owner Ken Babby will then take over the franchise. According to a Suns news release, Babby has increased attendance at the Akron ballpark by nearly 30 percent over his past two seasons at the helm of that team.

Suns owner Pedro Bragan says the family is planning a season-long promotion called “Pedro’s Last Dance,” with several giveaways and special commemorative events at the park.

The team is also planning a bobble-head giveaway of Chairwoman Mary Frances Bragan, on Jun. 27, her 91st birthday.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP