New Owner for Rock Cats

William Dowling will have a reduced ownership interest.

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    New Britain Rock Cats

    A group of New England-based investors has bought the New Britain Rock Cats.

    Josh Solomon, who leads the New Britain Double Play investment group, took over on Thursday and said the baseball team is staying in New Britain.

    "We're deeply committed to keeping the team here in this community and just really growing what has already become a fantastic tradition," Solomon said. "Professional baseball in New Britain for the past 30 years has been hugely successful."

    William Dowling, a former New York Yankees’ executive who has been the club’s president and chief executive officer for the past 12 years, is joining the new group and will retain a reduced ownership interest and serve as a consultant through the 2013 season, according to a news release issued when the proposed sale was announced.

    John Willi, 36, of Cheshire, the former vice president and general manager for the Rock Cats, will serve as the club’s president and general manager.

    The Rock Cats organization said Minor League and Major League Baseball are expected to approval the change before the 2012 season begins.