Wilmington Blue Rocks

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Wilmington Blue Rocks
Founded in 1993
Wilmington, Delaware
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Advanced-A
Minor league affiliations
League Carolina League
Division Northern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Kansas City Royals (1993-2004, 2007–present)
Previous Boston Red Sox (2005-2006)
Minor league titles
League titles 1994, 1996, 1998 & 1999
Division titles 1993, 1995, 2001, 2004
Team data
Nickname

Wilmington Blue Rocks (1993–present)

Ballpark Daniel S. Frawley Stadium
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Tom Palmer, Jack Minker, Bob Stewart
Manager Darryl Kennedy
General manager Chris Kemple

The Wilmington Blue Rocks are a Minor League Baseball team located in Wilmington, Delaware. The Blue Rocks play in the Northern Division of the Carolina League.

Franchise history[edit]

Rocky Bluewinkle, mascot of the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

The Blue Rocks play in the Carolina League, an advanced Single-A league in minor league baseball. The name "Blue Rocks" was chosen because of the blue granite found along the Brandywine River in Wilmington. The Blue Rocks play at Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium in Wilmington's growing Riverfront district and was instrumental in bringing commerce and public attention to the once ignored and dilapidated area of the city.

The Blue Rocks played their first season in 1993 when the Peninsula Pilots were purchased and relocated to the riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. Principal owner Frank Boulton and co-owner Bud Harrelson bought the franchise in 1992, moved the team from Hampton, Virginia, and changed their affiliation from the Seattle Mariners' farm system to the Kansas City Royals'.[1] When the franchise moved to Wilmington in 1993, the ballpark was known as Legends Stadium, after the sports legends of Delaware. After Frawley, the Wilmington mayor who played a major role in the creation of the team, died while playing a recreational basketball game, the stadium was renamed Daniel S. Frawley Stadium in his honor.

The Blue Rocks have always been a Kansas City farm team, except for the 2005 and 2006 seasons when the team was affiliated with the Boston Red Sox.

In 2005, the Blue Rocks were featured in Sportscenter's 50 States in 50 Days. Matt Winer reported from a set in left field where Sportscenter did stories on the many mascots of the Blue Rocks. The Aug. 19 game featuring SportsCenter drew the Blue Rocks' largest crowd in team history.

The Blue Rocks have three mascots. One is Rocky Bluewinkle, a blue moose. Another is Mr. Celery, a stalk of celery that comes out to "CEL"-a-brate when Wilmington scores a run. Finally, there is Rubble, a giant blue rock.

Roster[edit]

The Wilmington Blue Rocks' alternate logo
Wilmington Blue Rocks roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 27 Miguel Almonte
  • 13 Kyle Bartsch
  • 19 Christian Binford
  • 26 Yender Caramo
  • 12 Jonathan Dziedzic
  • 40 Sean Manaea
  • 31 Matthew Murray
  • 43 Aroni Nina
  • 22 Mark Peterson
  • 34 Zeb Sneed
  • 29 Glenn Sparkman
  • 15 Daniel Stumpf
  • 38 John Walter
  • 23 Ali Williams

Catchers

  • 39 Zane Evans
  • 35 Cam Gallagher
  • 37 Beau Maggi

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 32 Johermyn Chavez
  • 24 Tyler Chism
  •  9 Terrance Gore
  • 14 Daniel Rockett
  • 16 Bubba Starling

Manager

  • -- Darryl Kennedy

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Kansas City Royals 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 4, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Kansas City Royals minor league players


Players of note[edit]

More than 100 Blue Rocks have gone on to the major leagues, including All-Stars Carlos Beltrán, Lance Carter, Johnny Damon, Zack Greinke, Jon Lieber, José Rosado, and Mike Sweeney. Other former Blue Rock players of note include:

Mike Moustakas during his tenure with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in 2009.

Retired numbers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Delaware Gets Carolina League Team". Roanoke Times. 2009-10-30. p. B9. 

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