ST. CLOUD (AP) -- The owner of two Northwoods League teams said he will sell the Alexandria Beetles to two Alexandria-area businessmen.
"I took a chance to help the league, and the league won right away," said Joel Sutherland, who has owned the St. Cloud River Bats since 1997. "I think by the end of last season the people in Alexandria realized they had won by having a team in the league. And now we found a couple of guys interested in buying it and turned it into a win situation for ourselves."
The new owners, Scot Snitker and Scott Allen, plan to keep Ryan Voz as general manager. Voz is a former River Bats intern. Former Bats coach Matt Jones will manage the Beetles this summer.
Alexandria had the worst overall record in the league last summer (24-38) and averaged 762 fans per game, sixth in attendance in the eight-team league.
The sale price has not been disclosed, but Sutherland said the Northwoods League expansion fee is now $300,000. He paid a $125,000 fee to bring the Bats to St. Cloud.
The Alexandria transaction is pending league approval, but Sutherland said that is a formality.
He placed a team in Alexandria before the 2001 season, and pledged to operate it for two years. But the conflict of interest of owning teams that play each other was more than Sutherland could stand.
"It was tough looking people in the eye last year," Sutherland said.
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