Singer Nick Lachey to join Rainiers ownership
12:51 PM PST on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
SEATTLE - Singer Nick Lachey is about to become part owner of the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
The pop singer who was once married to Jessica Simpson wore the Rainiers' jersey as he was introduced Wednesday in Tacoma
"Baseball is a true passion of mine, Tacoma is a growing city and I have every intention of playing an active ownership role in the Rainiers as we continue to grow," said Lachey.
As part of the acquisition, the ownership group has signed on for a two-year lease and affiliation agreement that has been approved by the Pacific Coast League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball.
Lachey, along with Kirby and Bob of Schlegel Sports, plans to be personally involved in the Rainiers, interested in both the business and on-field success of the team and in the community aspects as well. Future plans for the Tacoma Rainiers include the formation of a charitable foundation Nick Lachey will be involved with, and the incorporation of new and interactive game entertainment for families and kids, including concerts, promotions, autograph sessions and post-game activities.
The Rainiers are a member of the 16-team Pacific Coast League of Professional Baseball Clubs, the PCL. The PCL, together with the International League, is one of two Triple-A leagues affiliated with MLB