Grand Prairie AirHogs

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Grand Prairie AirHogs
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Team logo Cap insignia
League American Association (South Division)
Location Grand Prairie, Texas
Ballpark The Ballpark in Grand Prairie
Year founded 2007
Nickname(s) The Hogs
League championships 2011
Division championships 2008, 2011, 2013
Colors Crimson red, black, silver, white
                   
Ownership Grand Prairie Baseball Club, LLC
Manager Eric Champion
General Manager John Bilbow
Website www.airhogsbaseball.com

The Grand Prairie AirHogs is a professional baseball team based in Grand Prairie, Texas, in the United States. The AirHogs are a member of the South Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Beginning in the 2008 season, the AirHogs played their home games at the Ballpark in Grand Prairie, now known as AirHogs Stadium.

The name "AirHogs" is a slang term used by U.S. military pilots, and refers to the city's aviation industry[1] (Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Grand Prairie, and Vought Corporation has a major plant just next to the city, though the plant is technically in Dallas).

Following the 2015 season, the AirHogs temporarily merged with the Amarillo Thunderheads as the Texas AirHogs, splitting games between both home ballparks.

History[edit]

On October 22, 2007, the AirHogs named former Major Leaguer Pete Incaviglia as their first manager.

2008 season[edit]

The AirHogs played their first game in franchise history on May 8 against the St. Paul Saints, losing the contest 10-3. The first home game ever played by the AirHogs ended on a sour note as they were defeated 4-2 by the Wichita Wingnuts on May 16. On July 25, Scot Drucker's contract was purchased by the Detroit Tigers. He was the first ever Grand Prairie player to be signed by a team affiliated to a Major League club. On July 28, starting pitcher Kieran Mattison's contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was sent to the Dodgers Double-A team, the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League.

2009 All-Star Game[edit]

The AirHogs played host to the 2009 American Association All-Star Game at their home field, the Ballpark in Grand Prairie, on July 21, 2009.

2011 season[edit]

The AirHogs won their first American Association championship by winning a decisive game 5 in the championship series.

Year-by-year [1][edit]

Year League Record

W\L

Pct Finish Playoffs Average Attendance
2008 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 56-40 .622 2nd Won South Division/ Lost in Finals to Sioux Falls Canaries 3,056
2009 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 48-48 .500 T-3rd Did not qualify 3,003
2010 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 43-52 .453 3rd Did not qualify 2,707
2011 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 64-36 .640 1st Won South Division/ Won Finals over St. Paul Saints -
2012 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 53-47 .640 2nd Did not qualify -
2013 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 54-46 .540 1st Won South Division/ Lost 1st Round to Wichita Wingnuts -
2014 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 40-60 .400 3rd Did not qualify 1,321
2015 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 29-71 .290 5th Did not qualify 1,108
Totals (2010-2015) 387-400 10-8

Playoffs[edit]

  • 2008 season: Defeated Fort Worth 3-1 in semifinals; lost to Sioux Falls 3-1 in championship.
  • 2011 season: Defeated Wichita 3-1 in semifinals; defeated St. Paul 3-2 to win championship.
  • 2013 season: Lost to Wichita 3-0 in semifinals.

Current roster[edit]

Texas AirHogs roster
Active (22-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 37 Ryan Atwood
  • 21 Palmer Betts
  • 24 Ethan Carnes
  •  3 Cody Hebner
  • 26 Sam Martin
  •  8 Carlos Misell
  • 49 Alan Oaks
  • 19 Mark Pope
  •  9 Griffin Russell
  • 10 David Russo
  • 35 Richard Suniga



 

Catchers

  • 16 K. J. Alexander
  •  5 Michael Miller

Infielders

  •  2 Brian Bistagne
  •  6 Will DuPont
  • 15 Austin Gallagher
  •   Anderson Hidalgo Injury icon 2.svg
  • 13 Cody Lenahan
  • 12 Devon Rodriguez
  •  1 Juan Sanchez

Outfielders

  •  7 Michael Hur
  •   Teo Martinez Injury icon 2.svg
  • 97 Kenny Peoples-Walls
  • 23 Burt Reynolds
 

Manager

  • 20 James Frisbie

Coaches

  • 30 Jeff Brooks (hitting)
  •   Jeff Russell (pitching)
  • 4 Lincoln Gumbs (bench coach)

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

Roster updated May 20, 2016
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