Connecticut Tigers

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Connecticut Tigers
Founded in 1942
Norwich, Connecticut
ConnTigers Logo.png ConnTigers CapLogo.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
League New York–Penn League
Division Stedler Division
Major league affiliations
Current

Detroit Tigers (1999–present)

Minor league titles
League titles 1968, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1998
Team data
Nickname Connecticut Tigers (2010–present)
Previous names

Oneonta Tigers (1999–2009)

  • Oneonta Yankees (1967–1998)
  • Oneonta Red Sox (1966)
  • Wellsville Red Sox (1963–1965)
  • Wellsville Braves (1953–1961)
  • Wellsville Rockets (1951–1952)
  • Wellsville Senators (1950)
  • Wellsville Nitros (1947–1949)
  • Wellsville Yankees (1942–1946)
Ballpark Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium (2010–future)
Previous parks

Damaschke Field (1966–2009)

Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Miles Prentice
Manager Andrew Graham
General manager C.J. Knudsen

The Connecticut Tigers are a minor league baseball team located in Norwich, Connecticut. They are members of the New York–Penn League (NYPL). The Connecticut Tigers are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and play their home games at Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium. They were previously known as the Oneonta Tigers.

The Tigers ensure affiliated baseball will stay in Norwich despite the relocation of the former Double-A Eastern League's Connecticut Defenders to Richmond, Virginia, where they are now called the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

History[edit]

Origins in Wellsville[edit]

This franchise originated in Wellsville, New York as the Wellsville Yankees. From its inception in 1942 until 1965, that team stayed in Wellsville under various names, such as the Nitros, Rockets, Senators, Braves, and Red Sox. During its time as a farm club of the New York Yankees, Milwaukee Braves and Boston Red Sox, Wellsville hosted future Major Leaguers such as eventual Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, Jerry Coleman, Tony Conigliaro, Joe Foy, Jim Greengrass, Elrod Hendricks, Charlie Maxwell, Don Nottebart, Bill Robinson and George Scott.

A separate Wellsville Nitros team has played in the New York Collegiate Baseball League since 1998 and at one point claimed the previous Nitros team as part of its history.[1]

Oneonta[edit]

In 1966, the Red Sox moved from Wellsville to Oneonta, New York,under the ownership of Sam Nader becoming the Oneonta Red Sox. They became Oneonta Yankees, or O-Yanks, in 1967 when The NY Penn League became short season. an affiliation they would have for three decades. Stocked with future New York Yankees stars, the O-Yanks won NYPL titles in 1968, 1969, 1971, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1988 1990 and 1998. Since 1991, the franchise has participated in the annual New York-Penn League Game in Cooperstown, NY. This is an official New York-Penn League game played at Doubleday Field in conjunction with the Hall of Fame's Induction Weekend festivities.[2] In 1999, the Yankees moved their affiliation to the Staten Island Yankees, so the Detroit Tigers organization moved in and changed the team's name to the Oneonta Tigers.

Recent years[edit]

On July 20, 2006, the Tigers won the longest game in NYPL history: a 6-hour and 40-minute, 26-inning marathon against the Brooklyn Cyclones.[citation needed] Brooklyn scored the first run in the bottom of the first inning; the Tigers tied the game in the top of the fourth. Neither side scored again until the 26th inning, when the Tigers plated five runs (three earned) off of Cyclones outfielder Mark Wright, who had entered the game to pitch (the Cyclones had already used six of their regular pitchers). The Tigers had three players who went 1-for-12, including center fielder Deik Scram, whose lone hit knocked in the go-ahead run for the Tigers in the 26th inning.

The 2007 season ushered a new era for Oneonta Tiger baseball, as their stadium received a face-lift, while premiering the team's official website, www.oneontatigers.com.

Guillermo Moscoso pitched the second perfect game in NYPL history in a 6–0 victory over the Batavia Muckdogs on July 15, 2007.[3]

In early July 2008, it was announced that long-time owner Sam Nader had sold the franchise he purchased in 1966. No discussion has been made for the prospect of the team moving out of Oneonta. The agreement allowed for the Tigers to stay in Oneonta up until the 2010 season.[citation needed]

On July 4, 2009, the first two curtain calls in the history of Damaschke Field happened against the Aberdeen IronBirds, both for Rawley Bishop, a rookie first baseman from Middle Tennessee State and who was drafted in the 19th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2009.[citation needed] The first curtain call was in the 4th inning after a solo home run to make the score 1–0. The second curtain call happened in the 5th inning after a grand slam home run to make the score 5–0.

Arrival in Norwich[edit]

On January 27, 2010, Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller announced in a press release saying that the Tigers would be leaving Oneonta for Norwich, Connecticut for the 2010 season. The Connecticut Tigers would play their games in the newly renovated Dodd Stadium which had been vacated by the Connecticut Defenders of the Eastern League who had left for Richmond, Virginia.

"Connecticut Tigers" was only expected to be used for the 2010 season with a name-the-team contest expected to be held after the season to decide a permanent name. However, at the fan forum on April 17, 2010, general manager Andrew Weber stated the team is rethinking the contest due to the positive reactions of fans to the connection to the major league Detroit Tigers. On November 22, 2010, the team's Facebook page confirmed the name is to remain "Connecticut Tigers" permanently.

In 2011, the Connecticut Tigers saw a 23% increase in total attendance and 20% increase in average attendance over 2010 numbers. The 20% increase in average attendance was the fourth largest increase in all of Minor League Baseball.

Unveiling of the team's logo and uniforms at 4/1/10 press conference NY-Penn League

Current roster[edit]

Connecticut Tigers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 29 Johan Belisario
  • 10 Chase Edwards
  • 39 Cele Elam Injury icon 2.svg
  • 15 Jack Fischer
  • 48 Josh Heddinger
  • 52 Gabe Hemmer
  • 27 Joe Jiminez
  • 19 Johnnie Kirkland
  • 23 A. J. Ladwig
  • 59 Will LaMarche
  • –– Confesor Lara
  • 49 Josh Laxor
  • 31 Fernando Perez
  • 12 Austin Pritcher
  • 26 Gage Smith
  • 43 Spencer Turnbull
  • 50 Paul Voelker

Catchers

  • 14 Franklin Navarro
  • 56 Tim Remes

Infielders

  • 24 Steven Fuentes
  • 18 Jacob Kapstein
  • 40 Will Maddox
  •  1 Garrett Mattlage
  • 46 Joseph Pankake
  • 35 Brett Pirtle

Outfielders

  • 11 Rashad Brown
  • 28 Kasey Coffman
  • 55 Derek Hill
  • 22 Ben Verlander

Manager

Coaches


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

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References[edit]

Related[edit]

Professional baseball in Connecticut

External links[edit]