Fresno Grizzlies

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Fresno Grizzlies
Founded in 1998
Fresno, California
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (1998–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Pacific Coast League (1998–present)
Conference Pacific Conference
Division North Division
Major league affiliations
Current San Francisco Giants (1998–present)
Previous

Milwaukee Brewers (1997)

Minor league titles
Division titles 1998
Team data
Nickname Fresno Grizzlies (1998–present)
Previous names Tucson Toros (1969–1997)
Colors Black, Orange, White
              
Ballpark Chukchansi Park (2002–present)
Previous parks Pete Beiden Field (1998–2001)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Fresno Baseball, LLC
Manager Bob Mariano
General manager None

The Fresno Grizzlies are a minor league baseball team based in Fresno, California. The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), is the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league club. The Grizzlies play in Chukchansi Park (capacity 12,500), located in downtown Fresno and built in 2002. The Fresno Grizzlies' colors are black and orange, designed to mirror the colors of their parent club. All games are broadcast on KJZN 105.5 FM, with Doug Greenwald handling the play-by-play.

History[edit]

Professional baseball first came to Fresno in 1898 when it had a team in the original California League. The team dropped out of the league after that year, but returned in 1905. In 1906, the Tacoma Tigers of the Pacific Coast League moved to Fresno, playing as the Fresno Raisin Eaters for one season before moving to Sacramento for the 1907 season. In the intervening years before the arrival of the Grizzlies, Fresno fielded teams in the California State League in 1910 and 1913, and in the current California League from 1941 through 1988, including the Fresno Cardinals (1941–1956), Fresno Sun Sox (1957), Fresno Giants (1958–1987), and Fresno Suns (1988).

When Major League Baseball awarded an expansion team (the Arizona Diamondbacks) to Phoenix, Arizona, that would begin playing in 1998, the Phoenix Firebirds of the Pacific Coast League (the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate) were forced to move. The Firebirds moved to Tucson, Arizona and changed their name to the Tucson Sidewinders while changing their affiliation to the Diamondbacks. That prompted Tucson Toros to move to Fresno, giving Fresno its first PCL team since 1906. The Toros were renamed the Grizzlies and became the Giants' new Triple-A affiliate.[1]

From 1998 through 2001 the Grizzlies played at Pete Beiden Field at California State University, Fresno, before moving to Chukchansi Park.

During the team's 11 year history in Fresno, it has had a number of different owners. In October 2005, the team was sold again, this time to Fresno Baseball Club LLC, headquartered in Delaware.

The team hosted such promotions as K-Fed Night and Second Chance Night in 2006; The Price Is Right Night in 2007; and Totally Rad 80s Night featuring The Karate Kid star Billy Zabka in May 2008.

Parker, the Grizzlies mascot, was named Best Mascot of 2007 by GameOps, beating out all other major and minor league mascots. The Grizzlies former mascot, Wild Thing, "retired" in 2006 after eight years as the teams mascot.[2] Chukchansi Park is also home to the Drag Kings, the Grizzlies' dancing grounds crew who were given an honorable mention by GameOps as Best Entertainment act. The Grizzlies won the Minor League Baseball Promotion of the Year award in 2008 for their "Mascot Showdown" featuring Parker and the Phillie Phanatic.

The 2012 family film Parental Guidance features Billy Crystal as the radio voice of the Fresno Grizzlies.

Notable alumni[edit]

Roster[edit]

Fresno Grizzlies roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On San Francisco Giants 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 5, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
San Francisco Giants minor league players

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