Hartford Yard Goats

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Hartford Yard Goats
Founded in 2016
Hartford, Connecticut
Primary Logo for the Hartford Yard Goats.png
Team logo
Minor league affiliations
ClassDouble-A (1983–present)
LeagueDouble-A Northeast (2021–present)
DivisionNortheast Division
Previous leagues
Eastern League (1983–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamColorado Rockies (2015–present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (5)
  • 1975
  • 1978
  • 1981
  • 1983
  • 2001 (Co-Champion)
Division titles (2)
  • 1998
  • 2001
Team data
NameHartford Yard Goats
Previous names
ColorsRoyal blue, kelly green, tan, white[1][2]
       
MascotChompers and Chew Chew
BallparkDunkin' Donuts Park (2017–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Josh Solomon
General ManagerMike Abramson
ManagerChris Denorfia

The Hartford Yard Goats are a Minor League Baseball team based in Hartford, Connecticut. The Yard Goats, which play in the Double-A Northeast, are the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The team was founded in 2016 when the New Britain Rock Cats relocated to Hartford. They were members of the Eastern League from 1983 to 2020. The Yard Goats' home stadium is Dunkin' Donuts Park.

History[edit]

The franchise's timeline can be traced back to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where they were a Boston Red Sox Double-A affiliate from 1965 to 1969. The franchise then moved to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in 1970, where they spent three years. The Pawtucket Red Sox became a Triple-A team in 1973, and the Red Sox moved their Double-A franchise to Bristol, Connecticut. Known as the Bristol Red Sox, the team played at Muzzy Field for ten seasons from 1973 to 1982. Starting with the 1983 season, the team was moved 7 miles (11 km) east to New Britain, Connecticut. Then known as the New Britain Red Sox, the team played its home games at Beehive Field, which stood next to New Britain Stadium. Renamed the Rock Cats in 1997, the team remained in New Britain through the 2015 season. In 2016, the team moved to Hartford and became the Yard Goats.[1]

The Yard Goats were unable to play any games in Hartford in 2016 due to construction delays at Dunkin' Donuts Park, and instead played all of their home games on the road.[3] These delays resulted in a lawsuit between the city of Hartford and Centerplan, the park's developer. Both sides later agreed to mediation.[4] After the city called an insurance bond with Arch Insurance, the firm replaced Centerplan with Whiting-Turner which resumed construction in October 2016.[5] The new developer completed the ballpark for the team's 2017 home opener on April 13, which they lost to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 7-2.[6]

The nickname "Yard Goats" was selected as part of a "Name the Team" contest which drew over 6,000 submissions. "Yard goats" is rail-yard slang for the switch engines or terminal tractors that shuttle train cars between different locomotives. The stadium is adjacent to the Hartford rail yards. The logo features a goat chomping on a baseball bat and the team makes heavy use of animal imagery and symbolism.[7] The blue and green colors are a nod to the Hartford Whalers team that played in the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1997.[8] The team stages an annual Whalers Reunion weekend, with special uniforms resembling the hockey club's and the logo has the goat chomping a hockey stick. The logo font replicates that used by the former New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad.[1]

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's restructuring of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Yard Goats were organized into the Double-A Northeast.[9]

Mascots[edit]

The team has two mascots, a green male goat named Chompers and a blue female goat named Chew Chew. The names were selected as part of a "Name the Mascot" contest. Chew Chew's name is designed to reflect both the railroad meaning of the nickname (as in choo choo train) and the goat logo, which is chewing on a baseball bat.[10]

On April 21, 2016, Hartford Police reported that an individual had tackled Chompers outside the Connecticut Science Center after an event there. The man inside the costume, who was not named, was uninjured. Police are unsure whether it was an intentional assault or a prank that went too far.[11]

Broadcasts[edit]

Hartford Yard Goats games are heard on AM 1410 WPOP in English and were formerly heard on AM 1120 WPRX in Spanish. The Public Address Announcer is Jared Doyon.[12]

Season records[edit]

(Place indicates finish in Eastern Division)

  • 2016: 74-67 (3rd), manager Darin Everson
  • 2017: 62-77 (5th), manager Jerry Weinstein
  • 2018: 65-71 (3rd), manager Warren Schaeffer
  • 2019: 73-66 (3rd), manager Warren Schaeffer

Roster[edit]

Hartford Yard Goats roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 31 Yoan Aybar *
  • 30 Zak Baayoun
  • 53 Jake Bird
  • 35 Matt Dennis
  • 26 Tommy Doyle *
  • 30 Julián Fernández
  • 24 Will Gaddis
  • 25 Brian Gonzalez
  • -- Rayan González Injury icon 2.svg
  • 20 Nate Harris
  • 16 Nick Kennedy
  • 33 Zach Matson
  • 22 Ryan Rolison
  • 15 Garrett Schilling
  • 33 Colten Schmidt
  • 39 Tate Scioneaux
  • 18 Reagan Todd

Catchers

  • 14 Max George
  •  1 Javier Guevara
  •  8 Greg Jones

Infielders

  •  7 Sean Bouchard
  •  9 Todd Czinege
  • 12 Matt McLaughlin
  • 17 Elehuris Montero *
  •  5 Coco Montes
  • 27 Taylor Snyder

Outfielders

  •  0 Willie Abreu Injury icon 2.svg
  • 82 Bret Boswell Injury icon 2.svg *
  •  4 Casey Golden
  • 10 Jameson Hannah Injury icon 2.svg
  •  2 Matt Hearn
  • 19 Manuel Melendez


Manager

Coaches

  •  6 Cesar Galvez
  • 32 Frank Gonzales (pitching)
  • 23 Tom Sutaris (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Colorado Rockies 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
± Taxi squad
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated May 11, 2021
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Double-A Northeast
Colorado Rockies minor league players

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "In Training: The Story Behind the Hartford Yard Goats". sportslogos.net. May 28, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  2. ^ "Hartford Yard Goats Release Logo and Colors". YardGoatsBaseball.com. MLB Advanced Media. July 8, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2019. Royal Blue and Kelly Green make up the club's new official colors, paying tribute to Hartford's rich sports history.
  3. ^ "Courant Community". www.courant.com. Hartford Courant. Retrieved July 23, 2016.
  4. ^ "Dunkin Donuts Park Architect Back On The Job". www.courant.com. Hartford Courant. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Spedden, Zach (December 21, 2016). "Dunkin' Donuts Park Aims for April 13 Debut". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  6. ^ Hartford Yard Goats (April 13, 2017). "Cats Walk All Over Yard Goats in Park Opener". MILB.com. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Doyle, Paul (March 18, 2015). "What's a Yard Goat? It's a baseball team coming to Hartford". Hartford Courant.
  8. ^ Doyle, Paul (July 8, 2015). "Hartford Yard Goats Unveil Logo, Pay Tribute To Whalers With Colors". Hartford Courant.
  9. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  10. ^ Polansky, Rob; Dixon, Mark (October 30, 2015). "'Chew Chew' and 'Chompers' unveiled as Yard Goats mascots". WFSB-TV.
  11. ^ "Hartford Police Investigating Incident Involving Yard Goats Mascot". NBC Connecticut. April 21, 2016.
  12. ^ "Finding an escape from Tourette syndrome behind the microphone". courant.com. March 2, 2020.

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