Visalia Rawhide

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Visalia Rawhide
Founded in 1946
Visalia, California
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass A - Advanced (1990–present)
PreviousClass-A (1975–1989)
Class-C (1946–1962)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueCalifornia League
DivisionNorth Division
Major league affiliations
Current
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1971
  • 1978
  • 2019
Division titles (3)
  • 2015
  • 2018
  • 2019
First half titles (1)
  • 2016
Team data
Nickname
  • Visalia Rawhide (2009–present)
  • Visalia Oaks (1995–2008, 1977–1992)
  • Central Valley Rockies (1993–1994)
  • Visalia Mets (1968–1975)
  • Visalia White Sox (1962)
  • Visalia Athletics (1960–1961)
  • Visalia Redlegs (1957–1959)
  • Visalia Cubs (1954–1956, 1946–1952)
  • Visalia Stars (1953)
MascotTipper (2009-present)
Chatter (1993-2008)
Oakie (1976-1992)
BallparkRecreation Park
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
First Pitch Entertainment, LLC
ManagerShelley Duncan
General ManagerMike Candela & Julian Rifkind[1]

The Visalia Rawhide are a Class A - Advanced minor league baseball team in Visalia, California affiliated with the major league Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rawhide play in the California League.

The Rawhide have played their home games at Recreation Park since their inception in 1946. The stadium seats about 2,700 fans. In 2009, the City of Visalia completed a multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion of Recreation Ballpark supported by a 10-year lease with the ball club, the longest lease in franchise history.

The team has had nine names, most of which reflected its changing major-league affiliates, most recently are the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, Oakland A's, Tampa Bay Rays, and Diamondbacks. It took the name Rawhide in 2009, after two years of fan surveys, polls, focus groups, and direction by players.

Casey Jones/Casey at the Bat[edit]

Once per season, the team wears old-fashioned uniforms recalling Mighty Casey, the main folklore hero of "Casey at the Bat" and the "Mudville Nine".

Visalia is one of the four oldest cities of the Cal League, along with San Jose (the San Jose Giants/Bees); and Modesto (the Modesto Nuts/A's).

Mascot[edit]

The Visalia Rawhide mascot is a Holstein Bull named Tipper, introduced on October 15, 2008. Tipper represents the tens of thousands of Holsteins in Tulare County, the top dairy-producing area in the country. Tipper's home is a ballpark barn - a 40' x 20' red barn which is part of the outfield fence - doubles carom off the side of the barn, and home runs land on the roof, leading to a new twist on the old baseball adage "couldn't hit the broad side of the barn" which now represents weak hitters instead of wild pitchers. The traditional red barn was built as a "community barn raising" to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity and stands as an icon for the agricultural heritage of the valley.

Radio broadcast[edit]

The Rawhide are heard terrestrially on KJUG AM 1270 and over the internet through their website www.rawhidebaseball.com.

Notable Visalia alumni[edit]

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

Pop culture[edit]

As a minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's at the time, the Visalia Oaks were prominently mentioned in the Michael Lewis Book 'Moneyball', and also featured a few times during the 2011 movie Moneyball (which took place in 2002). In one scene, Billy Beane is driving to see the Visalia Oaks during the A's winning streak, and another shows Billy watching video of Visalia Oaks catcher Jeremy Brown tripping and then diving back to first on a ball that turned out to be a home run.

In the 1988 film Bull Durham, Visalia was mentioned as a potential managing job for aging catcher Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner.

In the 1994 film Little Big League, a Visalia Oaks pennant can be seen hanging on the wall in the main characters' bedroom.

Roster[edit]

Visalia Rawhide roster

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 36 Cole Bartlett
  •  8 Luis Castillo
  • 25 Jose Cuas
  • 26 Ryan Fritze
  • 27 Cameron Gann
  • -- Erbert Gonzalez
  • 17 Mack Lemieux
  • 19 Justin Lewis
  • 29 Tyler Mark
  • -- Travis Moths
  • -- Kyler Stout
  • 32 Bryan Valdez
  • 34 Justin Vernia
  • 20 Ryan Weiss
  • 23 Breckin Williams
  • 35 Shumpei Yoshikawa

Catchers

  • 16 Jose Herrera
  •  6 Tim Susnara

Infielders

Outfielders

  •  7 Eduardo Diaz
  • 10 Anfernee Grier
  • 31 Jake McCarthy
  • 12 Max Murphy
  • 21 Jorge Perez
  • 15 Luis Silverio
  •  9 Alek Thomas


Manager

  •  4 Shawn Roof

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated February 8, 2020
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • California League
Arizona Diamondbacks minor league players

Alumni[edit]

Minor league affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
AAA Reno Aces Pacific Coast League Reno, Nevada
AA Jackson Generals Southern League Jackson, Tennessee
Advanced A Visalia Rawhide California League Visalia, California
A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Geneva, Illinois
Short Season A Hillsboro Hops Northwest League Hillsboro, Oregon
Rookie Missoula Osprey Pioneer League Missoula, Montana
AZL D-backs Arizona League Scottsdale, Arizona
DSL D-backs Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnel News: Visalia, Charleston". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. February 14, 2020. Retrieved February 14, 2020.

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