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Croken joins Bandits ownership group

Croken joins Bandits ownership group

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Ken Croken has regularly been a fan in the stands at Quad Cities River Bandits games.

Monday, he will join the ownership group of the Midwest League baseball team.

Croken is a Scott County supervisor who retired in 2017 after spending 15 years as the corporate communications and marketing executive leader of Genesis Health System.

In a release announcing the addition of Croken to the River Bandits’ ownership group, the team indicates his “marketing heft and community relations experience’’ will help the Quad Cities club enhance its presence in 2021 after the cancellation of the 2020 Midwest League season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Ken has been a friend, a booster and a community supporter of the River Bandits since I bought the team 13 years ago," said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. "He is everything I love about the Quad-Cities. He's dynamic, community-oriented and relentless. His marketing expertise, community relationships and friends throughout the region will be an asset for our organization."

The addition of Croken to an ownership group led by Heller that also includes Roby Smith has been approved as required by Major League Baseball.

Heller and his Main Street Baseball organization have owned the River Bandits since 2007. Smith joined the team’s ownership group in 2016.

Under a remake of the minor leagues being orchestrated by Major League Baseball, the River Bandits have been invited to join the Kansas City Royals organization as the high-A affiliate of the American League team next season.


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