Grand Prairie AirHogs
|Grand Prairie AirHogs|
|League||American Association (South Division)|
|Location||Grand Prairie, Texas|
|Division championships||2008, 2011, 2013|
|Colors||Crimson red, black, silver, white
|Ownership||Grand Prairie Baseball Club, LLC|
|General Manager||John Bilbow|
The Grand Prairie AirHogs are a professional baseball team based in Grand Prairie, Texas, in the United States. The AirHogs are a member of the South Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball (of which they are the current defending champions), which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Beginning in the 2008 season, the AirHogs have played their home games at Grand Prairie Baseball Stadium, formerly QuikTrip Park.
The name "AirHogs" is a slang term used by U.S. military pilots, and refers to the city's aviation industry (Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Grand Prairie, and Vought Corporation has a major plant just next to the city, though the plant is technically in Dallas).
On October 22, 2007, the AirHogs named former Major Leaguer, Pete Incaviglia, as the first manager.
The AirHogs played their first game in franchise history on May 8 against the St. Paul Saints, losing the contest 10-3.
The first home game ever played by the AirHogs ended on a sour note as they were defeated 4-2 by the Wichita Wingnuts on May 16.
On July 25, Scot Drucker's contract was purchased by the Detroit Tigers. He will play for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves in the Eastern League. Drucker ends his AirHogs career with an 8-3 record in 15 starts to go along with an ERA of 2.41. That was the second best mark in the league at the time of this transaction. Scot is the first ever Grand Prairie player to be signed by a team affiliated to a Major League club.
On July 28, Starting pitcher Kieran Mattison's contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will be sent to the Dodgers Double-A team, the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League. Mattison's final stats as an AirHogs player reads, a 9-2 record in 14 starts with the third best ERA in the league (2.42). His 9 wins tied him for second in the league as well.
2009 All-Star Game
The Grand Prairie AirHogs played host to the 2009 American Association All-Star Game at their home field, Quik Trip Park, on July 21, 2009. The All-Star festivities began on Monday, July 20, 2009 with a banquet for the North and South division All-Stars, held in the locker room of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington. The All Star Game itself was held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009- with Gates Opening at 3 p.m. in time to allow fans to witness both the North and South division teams have batting practice before the Home Run Derby set at 5:30 p.m. The Pre-Game ceremonies began at 7 p.m. and the First Pitch was thrown by 7:30 p.m.
|2008||American Association of Independent Professional Baseball||56-40||.622||2nd||Won South Division/ Lost in Finals to Sioux Falls Canaries||3,056|
|2009||American Association of Independent Professional Baseball||48-48||.500||T-3rd||Did not qualify||3,003|
|2010||American Association of Independent Professional Baseball||43-52||.453||3rd||Did not qualify||2,707|
|2011||American Association of Independent Professional Baseball||64-36||.640||1st||Won South Division/ Won Finals over St. Paul Saints||-|
|2012||American Association of Independent Professional Baseball||53-47||.640||2nd||Did not qualify||-|
|2013||American Association of Independent Professional Baseball||54-46||.540||1st||Won South Division/ Lost 1st Round to Wichita Wingnuts||-|
|2014||American Association of Independent Professional Baseball||40-60||.400||3rd||Did not qualify||-|
|This article is outdated. (August 2014)|
Grand Prairie AirHogs roster
|Active (22-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
- AirHogs takes root as Grand Prairie baseball team's name Archived 23 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- http://www.airhogsbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=429&Itemid=55 2009 American Association All Star Game Itinerary