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Hickory Crawdads

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hickory Crawdads
Founded in 1993
Hickory, North Carolina
HickoryCrawdads.png
HickoryCrawdadscap.png
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass A
LeagueSouth Atlantic League
DivisionNorthern Division
Major league affiliations
TeamTexas Rangers (2009–present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2015
Division titles (4)
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2015
  • 2019
First half titles (4)
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2011
  • 2015
Second half titles (4)
  • 1994
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2019
Team data
NameHickory Crawdads (1993–present)
ColorsRed, black, Crawdad blue, white
       
BallparkL. P. Frans Stadium (1993–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Texas Rangers/Hickory Baseball, LLC
General ManagerDouglas Locascio
ManagerCarlos Cardoza

The Hickory Crawdads are a Minor League Baseball team based in Hickory, North Carolina. They are a member of the South Atlantic League (SAL) and are the Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. They play their home games at L. P. Frans Stadium, which opened in 1993 and has roughly 4,000 fixed seats.

Established in 1993, the Crawdads were affiliated with the Chicago White Sox through 1998. They became a farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1999 and won the South Atlantic League championship in 2002 and 2004. Hickory has been affiliated with the Texas Rangers since 2009. The Crawdads won a third SAL championship in 2015.

Through the 2019 season, Hickory has played in 3,743 regular season games and compiled a win–loss record of 1,898–1,845. In 11 postseason appearances, they have won four division titles and three league championships. The team has an overall postseason record of 23–20.

History

Several minor league baseball teams known as the Hickory Rebels played in Hickory, North Carolina, intermittently from 1936 to 1960.[1] Local businessman Don Beaver purchased the Gastonia Rangers and relocated them from Gastonia, North Carolina, to Hickory for the 1993 season.[2] Fans were invited to submit suggestions for the team's name. Among the finalists were "Woodchucks", "River Rats", "Valley Cats", and "Hound Dogs".[3] The chosen name, "Crawdads", was selected because of the animals' strength and presence in local waterways.[3]

The Crawdads played in the South Atlantic League as the Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in their inaugural 1993 season. The six-year affiliation regularly saw Hickory at or near the bottom of the standings, though they did qualify for the playoffs twice. On both occasions, however, they were eliminated without winning any games. The affiliation ended after the 1998 season with team accumulating a 374–464 record over that period.[1]

Hickory entered into a new affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1999. The Crawdads reached the postseason in five of ten seasons with Pittsburgh. They won two South Atlantic League championships, the first in 2002 and the second in 2004.[4] The affiliation ended after the 2008 season with Hickory going 705–677 over a span of 10 years.[1]

The Crawdads became an affiliate of the Texas Rangers in 2009.[1] Since then, they have reached the SAL finals on two occasions and won the championship in 2015.[4] Following the 2017 season, the Rangers purchased the team from Beaver.

Season-by-season results

Season Regular season Postseason MLB affiliate Ref.
Record Win % League Division GB Record Win % Result
1993 52–88 .371 13th 6th 32 12 Chicago White Sox [5]
1994 86–54 .614 2nd 1st 0–2 .000 Won Second Half Northern Division title
Lost Northern Division title vs. Hagerstown Suns, 2–0[6]
Chicago White Sox [7]
1995 49–89 .355 14th 7th 35 12 Chicago White Sox [8]
1996 55–85 .393 14th 6th 31 Chicago White Sox [9]
1997 76–64 .543 4th 2nd 1 0–2 .000 Lost quarterfinals vs. Delmarva Shorebirds, 2–0[10] Chicago White Sox [11]
1998 56–84 .400 13th 6th 33 12 Chicago White Sox [12]
1999 70–70 .500 6th 3rd 12 12 3–2 .600 Won quarterfinals vs. Macon Braves, 2–0
Lost semifinals vs. Augusta GreenJackets, 2–1[13]
Pittsburgh Pirates [14]
2000 75–66 .532 4th (tie) 3rd 17 Pittsburgh Pirates [15]
2001 67–73 .479 10th 5th 25 Pittsburgh Pirates [16]
2002 83–56 .597 1st 1st 5–2 .714 Won First Half Northern Division title
Won Northern Division title vs. Delmarva Shorebirds, 2–0
Won SAL championship vs. Columbus RedStixx, 3–2[17]
Pittsburgh Pirates [18]
2003 82–54 .603 2nd 1st 1–2 .333 Won First Half Southern Division title
Lost Southern Division title vs. Rome Braves, 2–1[19]
Pittsburgh Pirates [20]
2004 85–55 .607 2nd 1st 5–0 1.000 Won Second Half Northern Division title
Won Northern Division title vs. Charleston Alley Cats, 2–0
Won SAL championship vs. Capital City Bombers, 3–0[21]
Pittsburgh Pirates [22]
2005 54–80 .403 15th (tie) 7th (tie) 24 12 Pittsburgh Pirates [23]
2006 67–70 .489 10th 5th 16 Pittsburgh Pirates [24]
2007 70–66 .515 6th 2nd 12 1–2 .333 Won Second Half Northern Division title
Lost Northern Division title vs. West Virginia Power, 2–1[25]
Pittsburgh Pirates [26]
2008 52–87 .374 15th 7th 27 12 Pittsburgh Pirates [27]
2009 63–76 .453 15th 7th 19 Texas Rangers [28]
2010 75–64 .540 4th (tie) 2nd 9 0–2 .000 Lost Northern Division title vs. Lakewood BlueClaws, 2–0[29] Texas Rangers [30]
2011 79–58 .577 1st 1st 0–2 .000 Won First Half Northern Division title
Lost Northern Division title vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers, 2–0[31]
Texas Rangers [32]
2012 74–65 .532 5th 3rd 9 Texas Rangers [33]
2013 76–63 .547 5th 3rd 5 12 Texas Rangers [34]
2014 80–59 .576 5th 3rd 6 12 Texas Rangers [35]
2015 81–57 .587 3rd 2nd 5 12 5–1 .833 Won First Half Northern Division title
Won Northern Division title vs. West Virginia Power, 2–1
Won SAL championship vs. Asheville Tourists, 3–0[36]
Texas Rangers [37]
2016 74–66 .529 5th 3rd 9 Texas Rangers [38]
2017 64–76 .457 11th 6th 13 Texas Rangers [39]
2018 70–68 .507 6th (tie) 4th (tie) 17 Texas Rangers [40]
2019 83–52 .615 2nd 2nd 5 12 3–3 .500 Won Second Half Northern Division title
Won Northern Division title vs. Delmarva Shorebirds, 2–0
Lost SAL championship vs. Lexington Legends, 3–1[41]
Texas Rangers [42]
2020 Season cancelled (COVID-19 pandemic)[43] Texas Rangers [44]
Totals 1,898–1,845 .507 23–20 .535 3 league titles, 4 division titles, 8 half division titles
Franchise totals by affiliation
Affiliation Regular season Postseason Composite
Record Win % Apps. Record Win % Record Win %
Chicago White Sox (1993–1999) 374–464 .446 2 0–4 .000 374–468 .444
Pittsburgh Pirates (1999–2008) 705–677 .510 5 15–8 .652 720–685 .512
Texas Rangers (2009–present) 819–704 .538 4 8—8 .500 827–712 .537
All-time 1,898–1,845 .507 11 23–20 .535 1,921–1,865 .507

Mascot

Conrad the Crawdad has been the official mascot of the Crawdads since 1993. Conrad, along with his wife Candy, entertain fans during games. The two got engaged on Mother's Day weekend in 2018 and were married in an on-field ceremony on June 24, 2018.

Roster

Hickory Crawdads roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Grant Anderson
  • -- Hans Crouse
  • -- Ryan Dease
  • -- Mason Englert
  • -- Eris Filpo
  • -- Ronny Henriquez
  • -- Andriu Marin
  • -- Sergio Pacheco
  • -- Triston Polley
  • -- Daniel Robert
  • -- Tyree Thompson
  • -- Grant Wolfram

Catchers


Infielders

Outfielders

  • -- Ryan Anderson


Manager

  • -- Carlos Cardoza

Coaches

  • -- Jason Hart (hitting)
  • -- Jose Jaimes (pitching)
  • -- Jay Sullenger


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 21, 2020
Transactions
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Texas Rangers minor league players

Awards

A man wearing blue baseball jersey and gray pants after swinging at a ball stands at home plate
Jurickson Profar won the SAL Most Valuable Player Award in 2011.

Four players and two managers have won South Atlantic League awards in recognition for their performance with the Crawdads.

Award Recipient Season Ref.
Most Valuable Player J. R. House 2000 [45]
Most Valuable Player Walter Young 2002 [46]
Most Valuable Player Jorge Cortes 2003 [45]
Most Valuable Player Jurickson Profar 2011 [47]
Most Outstanding Prospect Walter Young 2002 [46]
Manager of the Year Fred Kendall 1994 [48]
Manager of the Year Tony Beasley 2002 [46]

Notable alumni

Joey Gallo batting for the Crawdads in 2013
Joey Gallo batting for the Crawdads in 2013

References

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  48. ^ "Crawdads Alumni Report February 4". Hickory Crawdads. Minor League Baseball. January 29, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2019.

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