Goldklang Group, which has owned the Fort Myers Miracle for the past 25 years, announced the sale Monday of the Minor League Baseball franchise to SJS Beacon Baseball.
The Miracle are the long time Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, a member of the Florida State League and play their home games at Hammond Stadium, the Spring Training home of the Twins.
"I am excited to acquire the Miracle and have the opportunity to work with the Lee County community and the Minnesota Twins," said SJS Beacon president Jason Hochberg. "As a lifelong baseball fan, I hope to build upon the Goldklang Group's outstanding legacy and further enhance both the Miracle's partnership with the Twins and the entire ballpark experience for our fans and customers."
Jason Hochberg, new owner of the Fort Myers Miracle
Hochberg created SJS Beacon in 2013 and brings 17 years of experience running, acquiring and managing complex businesses. From 1999 to 2013, he held positions at LS Power, a privately held developer, owner and manager of energy and related infrastructure projects. He became a partner in the firm and held roles as president, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel.
"The decision to sell the Miracle, which was our first team in Minor League Baseball, was among the most difficult of my years in the game," said Marv Goldklang, Goldklang Group chairman. "It was important that the reins be handed to an individual who shares our passion both for what goes on between the lines as well as the customer service principles by which we have lived for the past 25 years. Jason is that person."
The Goldklang Group will continue to remain involved in helping to manage the Miracle and Steve Gliner and Andrew Seymour will continue to run the day-to-day operations of the team as Chief Operating Officer and General Manager, respectively.
"On behalf of the entire Twins organization, we welcome Jason Hochberg to the organization and look forward to continuing our strong working relationship with him and the Miracle," said Twins director of Minor League Operations Brad Steil. "Our player development agreement has been in place for over 20 years, and the Miracle will continue to run our Spring Training game day operations. We are excited to take the next steps with Jason and the great Miracle staff."?