Founded in 1993
Daytona Beach, Florida
|Current||Class A-Advanced (1993–present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Florida State League (1993–present)|
|Division||North Division (2010–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Cincinnati Reds (2015–present)|
|Previous||Chicago Cubs (1993–2014)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (6)||
|Division titles (8)||
|Daytona Cubs (1993–2014)|
|Ballpark||Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark (1993–present)|
|Melching Field at Conrad Park (2004)
(Interim home due to damage from Hurricane Charley)
|Tortugas Baseball Club, LLC|
|General Manager||Josh Lawther|
The Daytona Tortugas are a minor league baseball team based in Daytona Beach, Florida. The team plays in the Florida State League (FSL). They are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. The team plays at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark; opened in 1914, the park seats 5,100 fans. In 2015, the inaugural season of Tortugas baseball, Daytona finished with a 77-58 record and won the Florida State League North Division Championship with a two-game sweep of the Clearwater Threshers in the first round of the playoffs.
The club was previously known as the Daytona Cubs from 1993 to 2014 when the team was an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. The team has won six Florida State League championships: in 1995, 2000, 2004 (co-champions with the Tampa Yankees), 2008, 2011 and 2013. Their sixth FSL Championship came over the Charlotte Stone Crabs, winning 3–1 in a best-of-five series.
- 1 History
- 2 Ballparks
- 3 Uniforms
- 4 Logo and mascot
- 5 Media
- 6 Memorable events and records
- 7 Roster
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 Managers
- 10 Photos
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Daytona Beach Admirals
The last Florida State League (FSL) baseball team to play in Daytona Beach, was known as the Daytona Beach Admirals, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. In September 1987, the White Sox decided to move their Class A affiliate to Sarasota. This left Daytona without a major league player development contract, resulting in the Admirals' owner selling the team to the New York Mets. The Mets moved the team to Port St. Lucie to become the St. Lucie Mets. Daytona did not have professional baseball for five years after the move.
Prior to 1993, the Chicago Cubs were affiliated with the Winston Salem Warthogs, a Class A team that played in the Carolina League. At the end of the 1992 season, the Cubs decided to move their Class A affiliate to Florida. The Florida State League originally assigned the transplanted Cubs team to play at Baseball City Stadium in Davenport. However, Jordan Kobritz, the new owner and general manager of the minor league franchise, wanted the team to play in Daytona Beach instead. Negotiations to bring the Cubs to Daytona Beach went on for a couple of months and were completed just in time to start the new season.
The Daytona Cubs opened their first season on the road, sweeping the Vero Beach Dodgers, two games to zero. The home opener was scheduled for April 12. Jackie Robinson Ballpark was sold out on opening night. Chelsea Clinton, President Clinton's daughter, was invited to Daytona to throw the opening pitch. The young Ms. Clinton could not attend due to a family medical emergency, and Daytona Beach Mayor Larry Kelly and FSL President Chuck Murphy threw the ceremonial opening pitches instead. The Cubs' public address announcer led fans in singing "Go, Cubs, Go", although with slightly altered lyrics (substituting "Daytona" for "Chicago"). The Daytona Cubs won their home opener 5-2 against the Sarasota White Sox, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox who left Daytona Beach five years earlier.
After the 2014 season, the Cubs ended their affiliation with Daytona, and signed a new contract with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League. Daytona reached an agreement with the Cincinnati Reds following the 2014 season, and announced the team would be rebranded with a new name with a "local angle" in 2015. They chose the name "Tortugas".
On June 3, 2015, Big Game Florida, LLC, headed by Andy Rayburn, sold the team to Tortugas Baseball Club, LLC, headed by Reese Smith III. Smith plans to keep the team in Daytona.
|Division and League Champions
|87–48||.644||1st||1st||—||3–2||.600||Clinched Eastern Division title
Won FSL Championship vs Fort Myers Miracle, 3–2
|76–63||.547||5th||2nd||5||5–0||1.000||Won Eastern Division title vs St. Lucie Mets, 2–0
Won FSL Championship vs Dunedin Blue Jays, 3–0
|70–56||.556||4th||2nd||3||2–0||1.000||Won Eastern Division title vs Vero Beach Devil Rays, 2–0
Declared Co-FSL Champions with Tampa Yankees
|73–59||.553||3rd||1st||—||5–2||.714||Won Eastern Division title vs Palm Beach Cardinals, 2–1
Won FSL Championship vs Fort Myers Miracle, 3–1
|76–61||.555||—||1st||—||5–1||.833||Won North Division title vs Dunedin Blue Jays, 2–1
Won FSL Championship vs St. Lucie Mets, 3–0
|75–51||.595||1st||1st||—||5–1||.833||Won North Division title vs Dunedin Blue Jays, 2–0
Won FSL Championship vs Charlotte Stone Crabs, 3–1
|67–69||.493||2nd||1st||—||3–3||.500||Won North Division title vs Dunedin Blue Jays, 2–0
Lost FSL Championship vs Fort Myers Miracle, 3–1
|77–58||.570||2nd||1st||—||3–3||.500||Won North Division title vs Clearwater Threshers, 2–0
Lost FSL Championship vs Charlotte Stone Crabs, 3–1
|Totals||1,578 – 1,533||.507||—||—||—||31–12||.721||8 Division titles, 6 FSL Championships|
Jackie Robinson Ballpark
The Daytona Tortugas' current, and only, ballpark is Jackie Robinson Ballpark. The venue has experienced several expansions and renovations since its completion in 1914, and currently seats 5,100 spectators.
Melching Field at Conrad Park
In 1999, Daytona Cubs' owner and General Manager Jordan Kobritz decided to move a home game to Melching Field at Conrad Park, located in nearby DeLand. This ballpark is the home of the Stetson University Hatters baseball team. Kobritz's goal was to generate some fan interest in the Cubs, in the western part of Volusia County, Florida. The game (vs. the St. Petersburg Devil Rays) was played on June 26, 1999. In August 2004, the D-Cubs had to move several games to Melching Field, due to damage to Jackie Robinson Ballpark, caused by Hurricane Charley. The Cubs paid another visit to Melching Field on June 20, 2007, when they played a double-header against the Palm Beach Cardinals. The game was moved this time to benefit a local charity in DeLand, as well as provide another opportunity to showcase the Daytona Cubs to fans in DeLand.
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The team's color scheme (as the Cubs) consisted of red, white, and blue, the same colors used by the Chicago Cubs. The uniforms of the Daytona Cubs are descendants of the Chicago Cubs uniforms. Jerseys and pants for home games are made of white fabric with blue pinstripes, while those for road games are made of gray fabric with blue pinstripes. On home jerseys, the Chicago Cubs logo is located on the left chest, and a Daytona Cubs logo is located on the left sleeve. On road jerseys, the word "Daytona" is written across the chest in red script, and a Daytona Cubs logo is present on the left shoulder. The player's number is written on the back in large blue characters surrounded by red. Blue T-shirts, of varying sleeve lengths, are worn underneath the jerseys.
The team's batting practice uniforms, which double as alternate uniforms, were made of light blue fabric with white pinstripes. "Daytona" is written across the chest in red script. There is a Daytona Cubs logo on the left shoulder. Numbers, in blue surrounded by red, are sewn on the back in block characters.
The official home and road caps were blue with either the Chicago Cubs or Daytona Cubs logo centered on the front. A blue belt was worn on all the different uniforms along with blue ankle-length socks.
Logo and mascot
The Daytona Cubs originally used a version of the Chicago Cubs emblem. In 1994, the Cubs hired Benedict Advertising, a local marketing firm, to develop a new logo. Benedict's design department created a bear cub wearing sunglasses and a backwards baseball cap, which would reflect a laid back setting in Daytona Beach. The logo became the official patch used on Daytona Cubs uniforms and souvenirs.
A mascot for games was developed from the logo: an anthropomorphic bear named Cubby, who first appeared on the field on May 27, 1994 (this day is marked as Cubby's "birthday"). He has brown fur and wears the same style of uniform as the team, but wearing his hat backwards. Cubby has been the team's mascot since 1994. When he is not attending games, Cubby acts as the team's Goodwill Ambassador, visiting local schools and charity events.
Daytona Cubs fans have learned to not get attached to any particular players, since the reward for superior play is to be taken away from Daytona and sent up to a higher farm team. Cubby has been an adequate substitute to represent the team to the public.
Since 2011, the Daytona Tortugas have enjoyed a radio partnership with "The Great Voice of Volusia County", AM 1230 and AM 1490 WSBB, to broadcast all the home and away games on the station. Tyler Murray, the Tortugas Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, provides the play-by-play coverage.
Local newspaper coverage of the team is provided by The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Memorable events and records
- Ryan Harvey, July 28, 2006, game vs. Clearwater Threshers (Cubs won, 10–9), hit four home runs in one game.
- Javier Báez, June 10, 2013, game vs. Fort Myers Miracle (Cubs won 9-6), hit four home runs in one game.
Hitting for the cycle
Three Cubs players have hit for the cycle to date:
- Adam Greenberg, August 17, 2002, game vs. St. Lucie Mets (Cubs won, 17–1)
- Félix Pie, June 27, 2004, game vs. Fort Myers Miracle (Cubs won, 15–14, 10 innings)
- Brett Jackson, June 14, 2010, game vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers (Cubs won, 6–4, 11 innings)
- Matt Loosen, July 8, 2013 at Dunedin Blue Jays (Cubs won 7-0). Loosen allows no hits over a full nine innings of work, while walking two and striking out nine.
- Ben Wells, Kyler Burke, Zach Cates; Wednesday, August 21 at Dunedin Blue Jays and Tuesday, August 27, 2013 vs. Dunedin Blue Jays (Cubs won 1-0). Ben Wells pitched a hitless first inning in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader on August 21 at Dunedin, until a rainstorm caused the game to be suspended and eventually completed on August 27 at Daytona (where the Cubs were still the road team, despite playing in their home ballpark). In the resumption of the game on August 27, Kyler Burke didn't allow a hit in five innings of work and Zach Cates closed the game out with a 1-2-3 seventh inning. The game is more than a baseball rarity, considering the no-hitter was technically thrown in two different cities, separated by 163 miles of driving distance.
Daytona Tortugas roster
Florida State League
Some Daytona Cubs players have distinguished themselves in the Florida State League
- Matt Craig, 2006 FSL All-Star First Baseman
- Jake Fox, 2006 FSL All-Star Catcher
- Sean Gallagher, 2006 FSL All-Star Pitcher
- Mitch Atkins, 2007 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Tyler Colvin, 2007 FSL All-Star outfielder
- Chris Amador, 2007 FSL All-Star outfielder
- Jesus Valdez, 2007 FSL All-Star outfielder
- Matt Matulia, 2007 FSL All-Star outfielder
- Alex Maestri, 2008 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Ryan Searle, 2009 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Starlin Castro, 2009 FSL All-Star infielder
- Aaron Shafer, 2010 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Brett Jackson, 2010 FSL All-Star outfielder
- Frank Batista, 2011 FSL All-Star pitcher 
- Justin Bour, 2011 FSL All-Star first baseman
- Evan Crawford, 2011 FSL All-Star outfielder
- Aaron Kurcz, 2011 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Junior Lake, 2011 FSL All-Star shortstop
- Arismendy Alcantara, 2012 FSL All-Star infielder
- John Andreoli, 2012–2013 FSL All-Star outfielder
- Austin Kirk, 2012 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Matt Loosen, 2012 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Nelson Perez, 2012 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Greg Rohan, 2012 FSL All-Star infielder
- Matt Szczur, 2012 FSL All-Star outfielder
- Javier Baez, 2013 FSL All-Star infielder
- Frank Del Valle, 2013 FSL All-Star pitcher
- Dustin Geiger, 2013 FSL All-Star infielder
- Jorge Soler, 2013 FSL All-Star outfielder
Major League players
Many Daytona Cubs players have advanced to play in the major leagues; most of them with the Chicago Cubs, a few with other teams.
- Terry Adams, right-handed pitcher
- James Adduci, outfielder
- Christopher Archer, pitcher
- Mitch Atkins, right-handed pitcher
- Javier Báez, middle infielder
- Richie Barker, right-handed pitcher
- Francis Beltrán, right-handed pitcher
- Jerry Blevins, left-handed pitcher
- Roosevelt Brown, outfielder
- Kris Bryant, third baseman
- Alex Cabrera, first baseman
- Russ Canzler, infield
- Esmailin Caridad, right-handed pitcher
- Andrew Cashner, right-handed pitcher
- Starlin Castro, shortstop
- José Ceda, right-handed pitcher
- Ronny Cedeño, shortstop
- Rocky Cherry, right-handed pitcher
- Robinson Chirinos, catcher
- Hee-seop Choi, first baseman
- Buck Coats, outfielder
- Casey Coleman, pitcher
- Tyler Colvin, outfielder
- Juan Cruz, right-handed pitcher
- Brian Dopirak, first baseman
- Scott Downs, left-handed pitcher
- Courtney Duncan, pitcher
- Carl Edwards, Jr., right-handed pitcher
- Scott Eyre, left-handed pitcher
- Kyle Farnsworth, right-handed pitcher
- Kevin Foster, right-handed pitcher
- Chad Fox, right-handed pitcher
- Jake Fox, utility player
- Sam Fuld, outfielder
- Sean Gallagher, right-handed pitcher
- Chris Gissell, pitcher
- Doug Glanville, outfielder
- Geremi González, right-handed pitcher
- Tom Gordon, right-handed pitcher
- Adam Greenberg, outfielder
- Brandon Guyer, outfielder
- Ángel Guzmán, right-handed pitcher
- Rich Hill, left-handed pitcher
- Eric Hinske, infielder and outfielder
- Micah Hoffpauir, first baseman and outfielder
- Brett Jackson, outfielder
- Jay Jackson, pitcher
- Robin Jennings, outfielder
- Ryan Jorgensen, catcher
- David Kelton, infielder and outfielder
- Brooks Kieschnick, pitcher and outfielder
- Chang-Yong Lim, right-handed pitcher
- Casey McGehee, infielder
- Carlos Mármol, right-handed pitcher
- Sean Marshall, left-handed pitcher
- Javier Martínez, right-handed pitcher
- Juan Mateo, right-handed pitcher
- Adalberto Méndez, right-handed pitcher
- Chad Meyers, infielder
- José Molina, catcher
- Lou Montañez, outfielder
- Scott Moore, infielder
- Matt Murton, outfielder
- Ricky Nolasco, right-handed pitcher
- Phil Norton, left-handed pitcher
- Will Ohman, left-handed pitcher
- Ryan O'Malley, left-handed pitcher
- Rey Ordóñez, shortstop
- Kevin Orie, third baseman
- David Patton, right-handed pitcher
- Félix Pie, outfielder
- Carmen Pignatiello, left-handed pitcher
- Renyel Pinto, left-handed pitcher
- Bo Porter, outfielder
- Clay Rapada, left-handed pitcher
- José Reyes, catcher
- James Russell, left-handed pitcher
- Jae Kuk Ryu, right-handed pitcher
- Ray Sadler, outfielder
- Jeff Samardzija, right-handed pitcher
- Ryne Sandberg, infielder
- Brian Schlitter, right-handed pitcher
- Andrew Sisco, left-handed pitcher
- Jason Smith, infielder
- Steve Smyth, left-handed pitcher
- Jorge Soler, outfielder
- Geovany Soto, catcher
- Justin Speier, right-handed pitcher
- Jason Szuminski, right-handed pitcher
- Kevin Tapani, right-handed pitcher
- Amaury Telemaco, right-handed pitcher
- Nate Teut, left-handed pitcher
- Ryan Theriot, infielder
- Ismael Valdez, right-handed pitcher
- Donnie Veal, left-handed pitcher
- Duane Ward, right-handed pitcher
- John Webb, pitcher
- Todd Wellemeyer, right-handed pitcher
- Randy Wells, right-handed pitcher
- Randy Williams, pitcher
- Kerry Wood, right-handed pitcher
- Michael Wuertz, right-handed pitcher
- Carlos Zambrano, right-handed pitcher
- Pete Zoccolillo, outfielder
11 men have managed the Daytona Cubs baseball team since its inception in 1993. Four managers have guided the team to win the FSL Championship: Dave Trembley (1995), Richie Zisk (2000), Steve McFarland (2004), and Jody Davis (2008). Trembley won 290 games from 1995 to 1996 and 2001 to 2002, placing him first on the all-time wins list for Cubs managers. Having managed the team for 545 games, he is also the longest-tenured manager in team history. The manager with the highest winning percentage over a full season or more is Steve McFarland (.556). Conversely, the lowest winning percentage over a season or more is .429 by the team's first manager, Bill Hays. Buddy Bailey managed his first Cubs game in 2006, was replaced as manager following the season but returned to Daytona in 2009. These records are correct as of the end of the 2013 season. Dave Keller is currently in his first season as manager of the Daytona Cubs.
- a The Record column indicates wins and losses during the regular season and excludes any post-season play.
- b This column indicates position in the overall league standings.
- c This column indicates position in the overall divisional standings.
- d The GB column indicates "Games Behind" the team that finished in first place in the division that season. It is determined by finding the difference in wins plus the difference in losses divided by two.
- e The Record column indicates wins and losses during the post-season.
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