Grand Prairie AirHogs
|Grand Prairie AirHogs|
|League||American Association (South Division)|
|Location||Grand Prairie, Texas|
|Ballpark||The Ballpark in Grand Prairie|
|Division championships||2008, 2011, 2013|
|Colors||Crimson red, black, silver, white
|Ownership||Grand Prairie Baseball Club, LLC|
|General Manager||John Bilbow|
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 (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).
On October 22, 2007, the AirHogs named former Major Leaguer Pete Incaviglia as their first manager.
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
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.
The AirHogs won their first American Association championship by winning a decisive game 5 in the championship series.
|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|
- 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.
Texas AirHogs roster
|Active (22-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
- AirHogs takes root as Grand Prairie baseball team's name Archived 23 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.