Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

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Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
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Information
LeagueAmerican Association (2011–present) (North Division)
LocationFargo, North Dakota
BallparkNewman Outdoor Field
Year founded1996
League championships5 (NL: 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010)
Division championships13 (NL: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010) (AA: 2012, 2013)
Former league(s)
ColorsBlack, red, white
              
ManagerJim Bennett
General ManagerMatt Rau [1]
MediaFargo Forum, Talk 101.9, 740 The Fan
Websitewww.fmredhawks.com

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks are a professional baseball team based in Fargo, North Dakota, in the United States. The RedHawks are a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The RedHawks have played their home games at Newman Outdoor Field since 1996, when the team started as a member of the Northern League. The team plays in the American Association.

History[edit]

The team was created as a Northern League expansion franchise in 1996 along with the now-defunct Madison Black Wolf. Chris Coste is probably the most well-known former RedHawks player and was a member of the 2008 World Series winning Philadelphia Phillies. The RedHawks, along with the St. Paul Saints, have been one of the most stable and successful independent baseball teams over the past 15 years.

In fifteen seasons in the Northern League, the RedHawks set the modern Northern League best single-season record for win percentage with a 64-21 (.753) mark in 1998, set the record for most wins in a season with 68 in 2005, made it to the playoffs 14 of 15 seasons, won five Northern League titles, and were named Baseball America's Independent Team of the Decade during the '90s.

The 1998 team recorded a combined record of 70 wins and 22 losses during the regular season and playoffs (76.1%).

On October 13, 2010, the RedHawks left the Northern League, along with the Gary SouthShore RailCats, Kansas City T-Bones, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes to join the American Association for the 2011 season.[2] The four remaining Northern League teams all folded or left the league. Accordingly, the Northern League ceased operations and folded in October 2010. As a result, the RedHawks have the distinction of being the last league champion. They've won the 2012 and 2013 American Association North Division Championship.[3]

On August 13, 2017, the Redhawks relieved Doug Simunic of his duties as field manager. Simunic had served in the position for all 22 years of the team's existence. He was replaced by pitching coach Michael Schlact, who after finishing the season on an interim basis was named the permanent manager on September 7, 2017. Michael Schlact managed one season with the RedHawks, before stepping down in February 2019 to take a coaching position within the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system. On March 20, 2019, Jim Bennett was named as the franchise's third manager. The team went on to a 63-37 record and lost in the North Division Championship Series to St. Paul 3-2 in the best-of-five series. Bennett was named the American Association's Manager of the Year.


Fast facts[edit]

Founded: 1996
Franchise Record (through 2019): 1332-933 (.588)
Northern League Record (1996–2010): 852–515 (.623)
American Association Record (2011–2019): 481-418 (.535)
Northern League Playoff Appearances: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
American Association Playoff Appearances: 2012, 2013, 2019
Northern League Division Titles: 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
American Association Division Titles: 2012, 2013
Northern League Championships: 1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010
American Association Championships: None

Year-by-year record[edit]

      First Half Second Half Overall  
Season League Division Record Finish Record Finish Record Win% Playoffs
1996 NL West 26–15 1st 27–15 1st 53–31 .631 Lost Championship Series vs. St. Paul (3-0)

Won Western Division Series vs. Winnipeg (2-1)

1997 NL West 21–21 3rd 26–16 1st 47–37 .560 Lost Western Division Series vs. Winnipeg (3-2)
1998 NL West 31–11 1st 33–10 2nd 64–21 .753 Won Championship vs. St. Paul (3-0)

Won Western Division Series vs. Winnipeg (3-1)

1999 NL West 27–16 2nd 23–19 2nd 50–35 .588 Lost Central Divisional Series vs. Winnipeg (3-0)

Won Eastern Division Series vs. Schaumburg (3-0)

2000 NL West 28–15 1st 25–18 1st 53–33 .616 Lost Central Divisional Series vs. Duluth-Superior (3-0)

Won Western Division Series vs. Winnipeg (3-0)

2001 NL North 25–20 2nd 26–19 3rd 51–39 .567 Lost Central Division Semifinal vs. Winnipeg (3-2)
2002 NL North 25–19 2nd 27–18 2nd 52–37 .584 Did Not Qualify
2003 NL West 32–13 1st 30–15 1st 62–28 .689 Won Championship vs. Winnipeg (3-1)

Won West Division Series vs. Schaumburg (3-2)

2004 NL North 31–16 1st 23–25 3rd 55–41 .573 Lost North Division Series vs. St. Paul (3-1)
2005 NL North 28–20 1st 40–7 1st 68–27 .716 Lost Championship Series vs. Gary SouthShore (3-2)

Won North Division Series vs. Lincoln (3-1)

2006 NL North 32–16 1st 31–17 1st 63–33 .656 Won Championship vs. Gary SouthShore (3-1)

Won North Division Series vs. Winnipeg (3-2)

2007 NL North 26–21 3rd 31–17 1st 57–38 .600 Lost North Division Series vs. Calgary (3-0)
League Abandoned Two-Half System in Favor of Overall Record
Season League Division Record Finish Overall Win %
2008 NL N/A 62–34 1st 62–34 .646 Lost Semifinal vs. Kansas City (3-0)
2009 NL N/A 53–42 3rd 53–42 .558 Won Championship vs. Gary SouthShore (3-1)

Won Semifinal vs. Winnipeg (3-2)

2010 NL N/A 61–39 1st 61–39 .610 Won Championship vs. Kansas City (3-0)

Won Semifinal vs. Gary SouthShore (3-0)

2011 AA North 44–56 3rd 44–56 .440 Did Not Qualify
2012 AA North 65–35 1st 65–35 .650 Lost North Division Series vs. Winnipeg (3-0)
2013 AA North 62–38 1st 62–38 .620 Lost North Division Series vs. Gary SouthShore (3-1)
2014 AA North 43–56 3rd 43–56 .434 Did Not Qualify
2015 AA North 44–56 3rd 44–56 .440 Did Not Qualify
2016 AA North 52–48 3rd 52–48 .520 Did Not Qualify
2017 AA North 57–43 2nd 57–43 .570 Did Not Qualify
2018 AA North 51–49 3rd 51–49 .510 Did Not Qualify
2019 AA North 63-37 2nd 63-37 .630 Lost North Division Series vs. St. Paul (3-2)
TOTAL 1332-933 .588 17 Playoff Appearances (5 League Championships)

Current roster[edit]

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks roster
Active (22-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Grant Black
  • -- Patrick Boyle
  • 15 Geoff Broussard
  • 51 Joe Filomeno
  • -- Reese Gregory
  • 17 Bret Helton
  • 46 Brent Jones
  • 41 Sebastian Kessay
  • 26 Tyler Pike
  • -- Ryan Richardson
  • -- Jackson Sigman
  • 37 Ryan Williams



 

Catchers

  • -- Daniel Comstock ‡
  • 51 Wilfredo Giménez

Infielders

  • -- Sherman Graves
  • -- Trey Hair
  • -- Iván Marín
  • -- Yhoxian Medina ‡
  •  4 Leobaldo Piña
  • 55 Correlle Prime

Outfielders

  •  3 Alex Boxwell
  •  9 Tim Colwell
  • -- Grant Heyman
  • 16 Brennan Metzger
 

Manager

  • 34 Jim Bennett

Coaches

  • 10 Chris Coste (hitting coach)
  •    Brendon Cozier (clubhouse manager)
  • 28 Robbie Lopez (bullpen coach)
  •    Matt McManus (trainer)
  • 20 Anthony Renz (assistant)

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated January 23, 2020
Transactions

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Duluth–Superior Dukes
1997
Northern League Champions
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

1998
Succeeded by
Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs
1999
Preceded by
New Jersey Jackals
2002
Northern League Champions
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

2003
Succeeded by
St. Paul Saints
2004
Preceded by
Gary SouthShore RailCats
2005
Northern League Champions
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

2006
Succeeded by
Gary SouthShore RailCats
2007
Preceded by
Kansas City T-Bones
2008
Northern League Champions
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks

2009
Succeeded by
current