Bowling Green Hot Rods

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Bowling Green Hot Rods
Founded in 2009
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Class A[1]
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (2010–present)
Division Eastern Division
Previous leagues
South Atlantic League (2001-2009)
Major league affiliations
Current Tampa Bay Rays (2007–present)
Previous Los Angeles Dodgers (2001–2006)
Minor league titles
League titles (1) 2007
Division titles (2)
  • 2007
  • 2011
Team data
Ballpark Bowling Green Ballpark (2009–present)
Previous parks
Manhattan Capital Sports
Manager Reinaldo Ruiz

The Bowling Green Hot Rods are a minor league baseball team in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They are a Class A team in the Midwest League, and have been a farm team of the Tampa Bay Rays since September 29, 2006. The team began playing at Bowling Green Ballpark in 2009, replacing the Columbus Catfish.

The "Hot Rods" name refers to the connections that Bowling Green has to the automotive and racing industries such the National Corvette Museum, Holley Carburetor, Beech Bend Raceway and the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, which is the only location in the world that produces General Motors' Chevrolet Corvette.


The Hot Rods began life as the Wilmington Waves, one of two South Atlantic League expansion teams for the 2001 season. However, the Waves' stay at Brooks Field in Wilmington, North Carolina, lasted for a mere single season. The Waves took on the "South Georgia" moniker when the team was moved to the Paul Eames Sports Complex in Albany, Georgia, for the 2002 season. The team retained the South Georgia Waves name when it again moved to Golden Park in Columbus, Georgia, just before the 2003 campaign. One year later, in 2004, the franchise would change names and became the Columbus Catfish.

In April 2008, the team moved the team to Bowling Green for the 2009 season under the new nickname "Hot Rods." Their first manager as the Hot Rods was Matt Quatraro.[2]

In 2010, the Hot Rods and the Lake County Captains moved from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League,[3] a plan meant to alleviate travel expenses associated with routine road trips as well as player movement within the teams' respective major/minor league systems.

In December 2013, Art Solomon, owner of the Hot Rods for five years, sold the team to Manhattan Capital Sports.[4]

Axle and Roscoe, the Hot Rods' mascots

The Hot Rods have been widely recognized for their creative and fun promotional efforts. In 2009, the team's What Could've Been Night was named Promotion of the Year by[5] In 2010, Hot Rods Assistant General Manager Greg Coleman was honored as Marketer of the Year by the Professional Marketing Association. In 2014, the team adopted the slogan "It's Just #FUNNER".


Bowling Green Hot Rods roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 45 Jose Alvarado
  • -- Fernando Baez Injury icon 2.svg
  •  4 Genesis Cabrera
  • 44 Diego Castillo
  • 33 Henry Centeno
  • 34 Ian Gibaut
  • 10 Taylor Hawkins
  • 38 Hyrum Formo
  • 14 Reece Karalus
  • 27 Jose Mujica
  • 32 Roel Ramirez
  • 30 Alexis Tapia
  • 23 Cameron Varga
  •  9 Michael Velasquez
  • 29 Angel Yepez


  •  7 David Rodriguez
  •  8 Brett Sullivan


  •  2 Jake Croneworth
  •  5 Brandon Lowe
  •  1 Peter Maris
  • 11 Kevin Padlo
  • 22 Michael Russell


  •  6 Zacrey Law
  • 31 Joe McCarthy
  • 18 Angel Moreno
  • 24 Angel Perez
  • 17 Manny Sanchez


  • 19 Reinaldo Ruiz


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Tampa Bay Rays 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated April 12, 2016
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Tampa Bay Rays minor league players


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  2. ^ "Bowling Green Daily News". January 8, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ Czerwinski, Kevin T. "Lake County, Bowling Green shifting to MWL." Minor League Baseball. 2 September 2008. Retrieved on 20 September 2008.
  4. ^ Fuerst, Hank "It's Official: BG Hot Rods Sold" Archived January 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. WBKO. 11 December 2013. Retrievied on 7 January, 2014
  5. ^ Hill, Benjamin "Hot Rods claim year's best promo." Minor League Baseball. 14 October 2009. Retrieved on 01 December 2010.

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