Carolina Mudcats


Carolina Mudcats
Carolina Mudcats
Founded in 1959
Zebulon, North Carolina
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • High-A (2012-Present)
  • AA (1991-2011)
Minor league affiliations
  • Carolina League (2012-Present)
    • Southern Division

Southern League (1991-2011)

Major league affiliations
Name
  • Carolina Mudcats (1991-Present)
  • Columbus Mudcats (1989-1990)
  • Columbus Astros (1970-1988)
  • Columbus White Sox (1969)
  • Evansville White Sox(1966-1968)
  • Lynchburg White Sox (1963-1965)
  • Savannah White Sox (1962)
  • Charleston White Sox (1959-1961)
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 1995, 2003
Division titles 2008
Owner(s)/Operated by: Steve Bryant (majority owner) and Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc and Quint Studer.
Manager: David Bell
General Manager: Joe Kremer

The Carolina Mudcats are a minor league baseball team based in the eastern suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina. The team, which plays in the Carolina League, are the Single-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians major-league club beginning in 2012.

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History

The Mudcats' origins date back to 1959, when the Chicago White Sox' Southern Association/Southern League affiliate began play in Charleston, South Carolina. During the 1960s the team moved several times, finally settling in Columbus, Georgia, in 1969. The club's arrival in Columbus marked the beginning of a period of relative stability. For the next two decades the team played its home games in Columbus' historic Golden Park as an affiliate of the Houston Astros. Following the 1988 season, new owner Steve Bryant held a contest among season-ticket holders to rename the team. As a result, in 1989 the team became known as the Columbus Mudcats. In 1991, Bryant moved the club to North Carolina and renamed it the Carolina Mudcats.[1] That move coincidentally allowed the team to retain its logo unchanged - a large C encircling a catfish.

Today, the Mudcats play in Five County Stadium in Zebulon, North Carolina. Built in 1991 and renovated in 1999, the park seats 6,500 fans. The park is located in Wake County, but it is near Nash, Johnston, Franklin and Wilson counties, hence the ballpark's name. In 2010, the Mudcats are celebrating their 20th year in Wake County. The Mudcats have claimed two Southern League championships since moving to North Carolina, the first in 1995 and the second in 2003 and have seen four different MLB teams play at Five County Stadium. The Mudcats received the Bob Freitas Award in 1996 for excellence in minor league baseball.

The AA affiliation will end following the 2011 season as the Reds will move their affiliate team to Pensacola, Florida, for the 2012 season, where they will be known as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The team will become the new Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, as the team moves to the Carolina League, taking the place of the Kinston Indians.[2]

Straight to the Majors

During their years as an affiliate of the Florida Marlins, the Marlins had elected to bring many of their top prospects up to the major leagues directly from Carolina. (This is partially due to the geographic proximity of the Mudcats compared to the Marlins' former Class AAA club in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and partially due to the Pacific Coast League's reputation as a hitter-friendly league.) Some of the players who the Marlins have brought up directly from Carolina include Dontrelle Willis, Miguel Cabrera, Jason Vargas, Scott Olsen, Logan Kensing (who was brought up directly from Class A Jupiter the previous year), Chris Resop, Josh Johnson, Yorman Bazardo, Jeremy Hermida, Chris Volstad, and Robert Andino.

Current roster

The Mudcats (white) play the Montgomery Biscuits in a home game on August 13, 2011
Carolina Mudcats rosterview · talk · edit
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

  • 22 Kevin Coddington
  • 17 Mark Fleury

Infielders

  • 34 Eric Campbell
  •  9 Brodie Greene
  •  4 Didi Gregorius
  •  3 Jake Kahaulelio
  •  6 Cody Puckett
  • 39 Henry Rodriguez
  • 11 Miguel Rojas Injury icon 2.svg

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

  • 26 Tom Brown (pitching)
  • 14 Ryan Jackson (hitting)

Edwin Rodriguez (Manager)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Cincinnati Reds 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated September 6, 2011
Transactions
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Former Mudcats

Many Mudcats have reached the majors. These are some of the players that have gone on to be successful:

References

  1. ^ Mudcats celebrate 15th year in Five County, Wilson Daily Times; retrieved February 2007
  2. ^ [1], Ballpark Digest; retrieved December 2010

External links


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