The Nashua Pride were a professional baseball team based in Nashua, New Hampshire, in the United States. They were a member of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They played home games at Holman Stadium from 1998 through 2008, when they were sold and renamed the American Defenders of New Hampshire.
The Nashua Pride was one of the founding members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 1998. In the 2000 season, the team swept the Somerset Patriots in three games to win the Atlantic League Championship Series. However, the Patriots answered that loss by defeating the Pride in the 2003 and 2005 championships. Despite their on-field success in the Atlantic League, the Pride suffered as a result of having one of the lowest average attendances and being the farthest team from the core of the league.
In 2006, the team moved to the Canadian American Association (Can-Am League) to remedy the financial strain endured in these respective struggles. As Nashua is closer in proximity to the teams of the Can-Am League than those of the Atlantic, the Pride was relieved of the expensive travel to away games.
In 2007, the Pride won the Can-Am League championship. After that season, long-time manager Butch Hobson left the Pride to take the managerial job with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League, while former Boston Red Sox outfielder Rick Miller was hired as manager in Nashua. Former Boston Red Sox firstbaseman/outfielder Brian Daubach was hired as the hitting coach midway through the 2008 season.
John Stabile, owner of the Nashua Pride, officially said he is putting the team up for sale, putting the future of the independent minor league baseball franchise again in doubt.(Nashua)(Brief article)
Sep 12, 2008; John Stabile, owner of the Nashua Pride, officially said he is putting the team up for sale, putting the future of the...
After shifting the focus of his efforts toward soliciting season tickets and not investors, Nashua homebuilder John Stabile, owner of the Nashua Pride minor league baseball team, says it's now a "better than 50-50" proposition that the team will return for the 2008 season--and possibly beyond.(NEWS & ANALYSIS: in brief)(Brief article)
Oct 12, 2007; [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Caption: After shifting the focus of his efforts toward soliciting season tickets and not investors,...