Gwinnett Stripers

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Gwinnett Stripers
Founded in 1901 in Atlanta
Based in Lawrenceville, Georgia since 2009
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (2009–present)
Minor league affiliations
League International League
Division South
Major league affiliations
Current
Minor league titles
League titles (0) None
Division titles (1) 2016
Team data
Nickname Gwinnett Stripers (2018–present)
Previous names
Colors Navy blue, sea green, red, white
                   
Ballpark Coolray Field (2009–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Atlanta Braves (Liberty Media)
Manager Damon Berryhill
General Manager North Johnson
Media MiLB.TV (television) and WDUN radio

The Gwinnett Stripers are a professional minor league baseball team based in unincorporated Gwinnett County, Georgia, within the Atlanta metropolitan area. The team plays in the South Division of the International League, and they are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. They are located 35 miles northeast of their parent club's stadium, SunTrust Park in unincorporated Cobb County—the second-shortest distance between a Triple-A team and its major league parent (behind only the Pacific Coast League's Tacoma Rainiers, based 26 miles south of Seattle).

The team was based in Richmond, Virginia for 43 seasons (1966–2008), where it had been known as the Richmond Braves. They relocated to Gwinnett County in suburban Atlanta in 2009.[1] They continued as the Gwinnett Braves through the 2017 season, after which they were renamed to the Stripers.

The move to Gwinnett County marked a return home of sorts, as the team began as the Atlanta Crackers in 1901. They became the top affiliate of the then-Milwaukee Braves in 1965. When the Braves moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, they moved the Crackers to Richmond, where the minor league franchise took the name of the parent club. The 2017 season was the 53rd season of the affiliation between Richmond/Gwinnett and the major league Braves, the longest-running affiliation in Triple-A.

Ballpark[edit]

The Gwinnett Stripers' home stadium, Coolray Field, has a total capacity of 10,427 [2]. Coolray Field opened on April 17, 2009.

Logos and uniforms[edit]

From 2009 to 2017, the official colors of the Gwinnett Braves were navy blue and scarlet, the same as their Atlanta parent. The primary logo resembled the Atlanta Braves primary, but with silver outline and with the word "Gwinnett" centered above.

The home jersey had the classic Braves' wordmark centered on the front, with the "Gwinnett" underscore underlining it. However, unlike Atlanta's jersey with navy blue and scarlet piping, the Gwinnett team's jersey featured scarlet sleeves with blue stripes.[3]

The Gwinnett Braves announced a plan to rebrand for the 2018 season by adopting a name that had a significance to the area and its population. A name-the-team contest was launched to determine candidates for the new moniker.[4] The six finalists announced were "Buttons," "Big Mouths," "Gobblers," "Hush Puppies," "Lamb Chops," and "Sweet Teas."[5] On December 8, 2017, the club announced its new name as the "Stripers", in reference to striped bass found in nearby Lake Lanier.[6]

International League awards[edit]

Most Valuable Pitcher[edit]

Rookie of the Year[edit]

  • 2010 – Freddie Freeman (1B), tied for 6th in batting average (.319), and finished 3rd in RBI (87) and 8th in home runs (18)[7][9]
  • 2011 – Julio Teherán (P)
  • 2012 – Ernesto Mejía (1B), finished 1st in hits (149), RBI (92), and total bases (254), while tying for 2nd in home runs (24)[10][11]

Roster[edit]

Gwinnett Stripers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

  • -- Skyler Ewing
  • 34 Sal Giardina
  • 46 Kade Scivicque

Infielders

  • 58 Carlos Franco
  • -- Tyler Smith
  •  1 Luis Valenzuela

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Atlanta Braves 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated December 14, 2017
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Atlanta Braves minor league players

Notable alumni[edit]

Broadcasts and media[edit]

The Stripers air all games on WDUN radio 102.9 FM and 550 AM based in nearby Gainesville. Tony Schiavone, former voice of the Atlanta Braves, Charlotte Knights, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment, is the play-by-play announcer.[12]. All Gwinnett Stripers games are televised live on MiLB.TV. From 2009 to 2013 select homes games were broadcast on Comcast Sports Southeast. For the 2014 select home games were broadcast on the Atlanta area Me-TV

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