Montgomery Biscuits

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Montgomery Biscuits
Founded in 1973
Orlando, Florida
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Double-A
Minor league affiliations
League Southern League (1973–present)
Division Southern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Tampa Bay Rays (1999–present)
Previous

Seattle Mariners (1998)

Minor league titles
League titles 2006, 2007
Division titles 2006, 2007
Team data
Nickname Montgomery Biscuits (2004–present)
Previous names

Orlando Rays (1997–2003)

  • Orlando Cubs (1993–1996)
  • Orlando SunRays (1990–1992)
  • Orlando Twins (1973–1989)
Ballpark Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium
Previous parks

Champion Stadium (2000–2003)

Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Tom Dickson & Sherrie Myers / Montgomery Professional Baseball, LLC
Manager Brady Williams
General manager Greg Rauch

The Montgomery Biscuits are a minor league baseball team based in Montgomery, Alabama. The team is the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays and plays in the Southern League. The 2004 season was the team's first in Montgomery. The Biscuits play in Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium, which has a capacity of 7,000.

The franchise joined the Southern League in 1973 as the Orlando Twins, a minor-league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, which held spring training in Orlando, Florida at the time. The Orlando Twins played at Tinker Field in downtown Orlando, near the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. In 1990, the team was renamed the Orlando Sun Rays. In 1993, the Chicago Cubs became the team's new major-league affiliate, and the team was renamed the Orlando Cubs. While still a Chicago Cubs affiliate, the team renamed itself once again in 1997 and became the Orlando Rays. The following year, for one season only, the Seattle Mariners were the Rays' major-league affiliate. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays, an American League expansion team in 1998, assumed the Orlando Rays' major-league affiliation the following year.

Orlando Rays

The Orlando Rays' last season at Tinker Field was 1999. From 2000 to 2003, the Orlando Rays played in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in Champion Stadium at Walt Disney World Resort. Despite the fact that the team played in a state-of-the-art stadium that was built in 1997 and used during spring training by the Atlanta Braves, attendance did not meet expectations; after trailing the Southern League in attendance in multiple years, the Rays' owners announced the team would move to Montgomery in 2004 (terminating their 10-year lease with Disney after four seasons).[1] Rays players who went on to the major-league level include Carl Crawford, Toby Hall, Jorge Cantu, Dewon Brazelton, Chad Gaudin, Matt Diaz, Jonny Gomes, and Seth McClung.

The Biscuits became Montgomery's first professional baseball team since 1980, when the Montgomery Rebels, Detroit Tigers affiliate, played their final season in the Southern League at Montomgery's Paterson Field. The Biscuits' owners, Tom Dickson and Sherrie Myers, selected the team's nickname from an entry in a "name the team" contest, due in part to the potential marketing and pun possibilities (ex. "Hey, Butter, Butter, Butter" or the team's souvenir store, the "Biscuit Basket"). During games, biscuits are shot from an air cannon, into the stands.

While in Orlando, the franchise won three Southern League championships: in 1981 (as the Twins), 1991 (as the Sun Rays), and 1999 (as the Rays).

On September 15, 2006, in just their third year of existence, the Biscuits defeated the Huntsville Stars to win the team's first Southern League championship in Montgomery. One year later, in 2007, the Biscuits again defeated the Huntsville Stars to win their second consecutive Southern League championship. They became the first team since the 1975–1977 Montgomery Rebels to win back-to-back championships.

Other members of The Tampa Bay Rays minor league system are the Hudson Valley Renegades, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Charlotte Stone Crabs, and the Durham Bulls.

Current Major League Baseball players who first played for the Biscuits include pitchers Scott Kazmir, James Shields, Jason Hammel, Andy Sonnanstine, David Price, and Juan Salas, catcher Shawn Riggans, infielders B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria, and outfielders Delmon Young and Joey Gathright.

Their mascots are "Big Mo," an orange beast that loves biscuits,[2] and "Monty", an anthropomorphized buttermilk biscuit. Monty appears in the logo and on the hat and is also the star of the documentary,"The Story of Monty the Biscuit".[3] The mascot for the Orlando Rays was "Spike", a bear.[4] The origin of Spike is unknown but presumed to predate the Devil Rays, as the club was previously controlled by the Cubs as well as the Twins (who have a bear mascot, T.C. Bear).

Current roster[edit]

The Biscuits (in navy) on the road at Five County Stadium during a 2011 game against the Carolina Mudcats
Montgomery Biscuits roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 17 Andrew Bellatti
  • 34 Mike Colla
  • 15 Dylan Floro
  • 19 Santiago Garrido
  • 28 Grayson Garvin
  • 11 Braulio Lara
  • 16 Lenny Linsky Injury icon 2.svg
  • 46 Matt Lollis
  • 45 Victor Mateo
  • 29 Jared Mortensen
  •  8 Jake Partridge Injury icon 2.svg
  • 25 Jim Patterson
  • 20 Matt Ramsey
  • 41 Sam Runion
  • 36 Jake Thompson

Catchers

  • 44 Curt Casali
  • 21 Luke Maile

Infielders

  •  1 Ryan Brett
  •  2 Jake Hager
  • 10 Taylor Motter
  •  6 Alejandro Segovia
  • 33 Cameron Seitzer
  • 12 Richie Shaffer
  •  3 Riccio Torrez

Outfielders

  •  4 Willie Argo
  • 23 Jeff Malm
  •  5 Ty Morrison Injury icon 2.svg
  •  7 Joey Rickard

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Tampa Bay Rays 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 9, 2014
Transactions
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Tampa Bay Rays minor league players

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