New Britain Bees General Manager Brad Smith will now go by Owner Brad Smith.
After three seasons as Bees general manager, Smith has purchased the Futures League franchise, the team announced Tuesday.
“I would like to thank Frank Boulton, Mike Pfaff, Anthony Iacovone, Tony Amin and Vic Picone for helping us getting to this point,” Smith said. “It was Frank and Mike who got me back into the baseball business four years ago, and I will be forever grateful.”
Smith signed an agreement to buy the Bees earlier this month, and after receiving approval from both the Futures League and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart, the purchase has been completed.
“I look forward to continue working closely with Mayor Stewart and Parks and Recreation Director Erik Barbieri to make New Britain Stadium a facility that is used year-round, for the enjoyment of all central Connecticut residents and Bees fans,” Smith said.
Pfaff will remain as a senior advisor to the team.
“This is the fulfillment of a promise Frank and I made when we arrived here in New Britain back in 2015,” Pfaff said. “Our promise was to bring – and keep – baseball alive in New Britain Stadium for the long term, and to find solid local ownership to make sure it stays here for years to come. Our ownership group felt very strongly that we have found the perfect person to do that in Brad Smith.”
Smith and his late father, Dale Smith, had previously purchases the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Single A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in 2005. Brad Smith served as team president through the 2015 season when he sold the team. The Smith family also owned the Wilimgton Sharks of the Coastal Plain League from 2014-2016. Brad Smith also spent 10 years with the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Double A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, from 1995-2005.