Charlotte Knights

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Charlotte Knights
Founded in 1976
Charlotte, North Carolina
CharlotteKnights.PNG CharlotteKnightsCap.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (1993–Present)
Previous Double-A (1976–1992)
Minor league affiliations
League International League
Division South Division
Previous leagues
Southern League (1976–1992)
Major league affiliations
Current Chicago White Sox (1999–Present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 1980, 1984, 1993, 1999
Division titles 1993, 2006, 2012
Team data
Nickname Charlotte Knights (1989–Present)
Previous names
Charlotte Orioles (1976–1988)
Colors Black, Gold, Silver, White
                   
Ballpark BB&T Ballpark (2014-present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Don Beaver, Bill Allen
Manager Joel Skinner
General manager Dan Rajkowski

The Charlotte Knights are a minor league baseball team representing Charlotte, North Carolina. The team, which plays in the International League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The Knights play at BB&T Ballpark located in Uptown Charlotte.

History[edit]

Professional baseball in Charlotte dates to 1901, with the formation of the Charlotte Hornets. They were an independent team until 1937, when the Washington Senators, now the Minnesota Twins, purchased the team. The Hornets would remain affiliated with the Senators/Twins for 35 years. In 1940, Calvin Griffith, the son of Senators owner Clark Griffith and future owner of the Senators/Twins, built a 3,200-seat park in Charlotte's Dilworth neighborhood, Calvin Griffith Park. It would be the home of Charlotte baseball for the next half-century.

After several years on the lower rungs of the minor league totem pole, the Hornets joined the Class A South Atlantic League in 1954. They had previously been members of the South Atlantic League in the 1920s while they were still independent. The South Atlantic League became a AA league in 1963 and renamed itself the Southern League in 1964. In 1972, the team renamed itself the Charlotte Twins. Minnesota dropped its affiliation after the 1972 season. Unable to link up with a new team, the Twins disbanded.

The current incarnation of Charlotte baseball began in 1976, when wrestling promoter Jim Crockett, Jr. bought the Asheville Orioles, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and renamed them the Charlotte Orioles. Griffith Park was fixed up and renamed Jim Crockett, Sr. Memorial Park (popularly known as Crockett Park). The team, popularly known as the O's, won Southern League titles in 1980 and 1984. Eventual major-league superstars Eddie Murray (the O's original first baseman in 1976) and Cal Ripken (1980) played for the O's.

In March 1985, Crockett Park (mostly wood-framed) was destroyed by a massive fire after a high school baseball game. An investigation revealed that the fire was caused by arson. The Crockett family built a 3,000-seat makeshift stadium immediately afterward, which served as the O's home for three years. However, unlike its predecessor, it was completely exposed to the elements, causing a steep decline in attendance. In 1987, George Shinn, founder of the NBA Charlotte Hornets, bought the team from the Crockett family and committed to building a permanent home for the team. In 1988 the team was renamed the Knights, and Crockett Park was renamed Knights Park. The following season, 1989, the organization's 13-year affiliation with the Orioles ended when Shinn switched the team's affiliation to the Chicago Cubs.[1][2]

The team moved to Knights Castle, a temporary 8,000 seat stadium located on Deerfield Drive in Fort Mill, South Carolina near the construction site of Knights Stadium. The stadium was built for the 1989 season and was demolished following the final game that year to make room for Knights Stadium.[3]

In 1993, Charlotte acquired an International League franchise as the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. This expansion team took the Charlotte Knights name, as well as the heritage of the old AA team. It was the first time a team from the Carolinas had played at the highest level of minor league baseball. The former AA Knights of the Southern League relocated to Nashville, Tennessee and ultimately Mobile, Alabama to become the current Mobile Bay Bears. The new AAA Knights, led by future major-league stars Jim Thome and Manny Ramírez, won the International League title in 1993. Much of the core of that team, including manager Charlie Manuel, played a role in the Indians' World Series teams of 1995 and 1997.

For the 1995–1998 seasons, the Knights were the AAA affiliate of the Florida Marlins. Before the 1998 season, Shinn sold the Knights to North Carolina businessman Don Beaver, who negotiated a AAA affiliation agreement with the Chicago White Sox, a relationship that still continues today. The Knights won another International League title in 1999 as the White Sox' top affiliate. Notable former Knights under the White Sox affiliation include pitcher Jon Garland and former third baseman Joe Crede, both of whom played on the White Sox' World Series championship team in 2005. Recently, Beaver and the White Sox extended their affiliation agreement, ensuring that professional baseball will remain in the Charlotte area for many years to come.

On October 8, 2009 the Charlotte Knights and York County agreed in principle upon a four-year lease for the team to play at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill. This agreement will add fan related upgrades to the facility.

In 2011, the Charlotte City Council and Mecklenburg County Commission approved a land-swap agreement which opened the door for the construction of a new AAA-sized stadium in downtown Charlotte. The $54-million BB&T Ballpark opened in time for the 2014 season.[4] It is located one block from Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers. The team's attendance has sagged since the start of the new millennium, and it was hoped that bringing the Knights back to the city would increase attendance.[5] To go along with the move, the Knights dropped the teal-purple-white scheme they had used for over two decades in favor of a black-silver-white palette matching that of the White Sox, with gold as an accent color.

Affiliations[edit]

Titles[edit]

  • Charlotte Hornets – North Carolina League Championship 1902, 1916, 1923
  • Charlotte Hornets – Piedmont League Championship 1931, 1938
  • Charlotte Hornets – Tri-State League Championship 1946, 1947, 1952
  • Charlotte Hornets – Southern League Championship 1971
  • Charlotte O's – Southern League Championship 1984
  • Charlotte KnightsGovernors' Cup, International League Championship 1993
  • Charlotte KnightsGovernors' Cup, International League Championship 1999

Current roster[edit]

Charlotte Knights roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Chicago White Sox 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 24, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Chicago White Sox minor league players


2014 Player stats[edit]

As of July 4, 2014

Batting[edit]

Note: G=Games played; AB=At Bats; R=Runs scored; H=Hits; 2B=Doubles; 3B=Triples; HR=Home runs; RBI=Runs batted in; BB=Base on balls; SO=Strikeouts; AVG=Batting average; SB=Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Dan Black, 1B 38 134 17 33 6 0 5 14 17 34 .246 0
Jordan Danks, OF 58 212 31 56 14 0 11 38 26 65 .264 2
Matt Davidson, 3B 78 286 32 58 14 0 15 32 27 99 .203 0
Adam Eaton, OF 2 6 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 .333 1
Conor Gillaspie, 3B 3 12 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 2 .167 0
Héctor Giménez, C 16 55 5 6 1 0 1 4 9 14 .109 0
Miguel González, C 12 43 3 9 2 0 1 4 1 6 .209 0
Gorkys Hernández, OF 47 176 19 41 10 0 0 8 13 44 .233 6
Micah Johnson, 2B 33 144 16 40 4 2 1 16 6 19 .278 5
Michael Johnson, SS 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000 0
Alex Liddi, 1B 22 76 6 13 1 0 3 7 3 27 .171 1
Jared Mitchell, OF 53 156 23 31 3 1 5 14 32 78 .199 8
Josh Phegley, C 66 252 37 62 19 2 12 35 22 45 .246 0
Denis Phipps, OF 19 63 6 10 4 0 1 3 6 17 .159 2
Tyler Saladino, SS 76 269 36 81 15 4 9 38 25 45 .301 6
Carlos Sánchez, 2B 83 324 45 95 11 6 5 38 30 64 .293 12
Marcus Semien, 3B 30 109 14 20 4 1 4 15 15 24 .183 1
Michael Taylor, OF 14 45 11 14 3 0 1 6 7 10 .311 0
Blake Tekotte, OF 68 241 32 62 15 1 10 29 26 68 .257 1
Matt Tuiasosopo, OF 17 58 10 17 4 0 4 10 8 13 .293 0
Andy Wilkins, 1B 76 292 36 69 18 0 14 39 15 65 .236 0
Team totals - - - - - - - - - - - -

Pitching[edit]

Note: W=Wins; L=Losses; ERA=Earned run average; G=Games pitched; GS=Games started; SV=Saves; IP=Innings pitched; H=Hits allowed; R=Runs allowed; ER=Earned runs allowed; HR=Home runs allowed; BB=Walks allowed; K=Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Dylan Axelrod 5 7 4.66 17 15 0 83.0 89 46 43 9 35 73
Chris Beck 0 1 9.64 1 1 0 4.2 5 5 5 1 4 4
Mitchell Boggs 2 3 9.50 25 0 1 36.0 64 41 38 3 17 18
Scott Carroll 3 1 1.57 4 4 0 23.0 18 8 4 0 9 13
Maikel Cleto 1 0 6.35 15 0 2 22.2 27 16 16 4 12 30
Frank De Los Santos 1 1 6.46 15 0 0 23.2 31 17 17 2 14 12
Frank Francisco 0 0 0.00 6 0 1 8.0 4 1 0 0 1 12
Parker Frazier 0 0 2.92 6 0 0 12.1 9 5 4 1 7 10
Nelvin Fuentes 1 2 5.26 17 0 0 25.2 23 15 15 4 9 18
Javy Guerra 1 1 2.33 14 0 3 19.1 19 8 5 1 8 11
Tommy Hanson 3 5 6.16 10 10 0 49.2 49 36 34 9 28 32
Deunte Heath 5 1 2.39 21 7 0 60.1 46 20 16 4 28 67
Shawn Hill 2 3 5.13 10 8 0 52.2 59 32 30 10 18 34
Erik Johnson 2 5 6.50 13 13 0 70.2 83 52 51 9 39 42
Ryan Kussmaul 2 4 4.39 16 1 3 26.2 17 13 13 4 14 34
Charles Leesman 2 6 3.95 12 12 0 66.0 66 34 29 6 32 65
Daniel McCutchen 0 0 10.80 1 1 0 5.0 5 6 6 0 4 7
Felipe Paulino 0 3 9.61 5 5 0 19.2 29 24 21 5 16 16
David Purcey 0 2 4.58 12 0 2 19.2 19 10 10 3 14 15
Zach Putnam 1 0 0.00 4 0 0 6.0 4 0 0 0 1 11
Andre Rienzo 0 2 4.85 3 3 0 13.0 15 8 7 1 7 9
Henry Rodríguez 0 1 27.00 1 0 0 0.1 1 1 1 0 3 1
Chris Sale 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 4.0 1 0 0 0 2 11
Eric Surkamp 3 4 4.54 14 11 0 73.1 88 42 37 8 17 84
Taylor Thompson 1 0 3.07 27 0 5 41.0 35 15 14 3 20 46
Donnie Veal 1 4 4.66 21 0 4 29.0 24 18 15 2 14 30
Matt Zaleski 0 0 5.06 5 1 0 10.2 12 7 6 1 5 8
Team totals - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Alumni[edit]

As the Hornets[edit]

As the O's[edit]

As the Knights[edit]

Notable Broadcasters[edit]

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Tom Sorensen, "Out with the O's, in with the New: Team Is Knighted", The Charlotte Observer, December 9, 1987.
  2. ^ Gault, Earl. Some win, some lose if Knights move to S. C. The Herald, 1988-05-22.
  3. ^ Brown, Gord. DigitalBallparks.com. 31 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Groundbreaking for new Knights ballpark set for Sept. 14". August 24, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Knights Stadium Funding". Charlotte Business Journal. 

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