Wilmington Blue Rocks
|Wilmington Blue Rocks
Founded in 1993
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Kansas City Royals (1993-2004, 2007–present)|
|Previous||Boston Red Sox (2005-2006)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1994, 1996, 1998 & 1999|
|Division titles||1993, 1995, 2001, 2004|
Wilmington Blue Rocks (1993–present)
|Ballpark||Daniel S. Frawley Stadium|
|Clark Minker, Main Street Baseball|
|General manager||Chris Kemple|
The Blue Rocks play in the Carolina League, an advanced Single-A league in minor league baseball. The name "Blue Rocks" was chosen because of the blue granite found along the Brandywine River in Wilmington. The Blue Rocks play at Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium in Wilmington's growing Riverfront district and was instrumental in bringing commerce and public attention to the once ignored and dilapidated area of the city.
The Blue Rocks played their first season in 1993 when the Peninsula Pilots were purchased and relocated to the riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. Principal owner Frank Boulton and co-owner Bud Harrelson bought the franchise in 1992, moved the team from Hampton, Virginia, and changed their affiliation from the Seattle Mariners' farm system to the Kansas City Royals'. When the franchise moved to Wilmington in 1993, the ballpark was known as Legends Stadium, after the sports legends of Delaware. After Frawley, the Wilmington mayor who played a major role in the creation of the team, died while playing a recreational basketball game, the stadium was renamed Daniel S. Frawley Stadium in his honor.
The Blue Rocks have always been a Kansas City farm team, except for the 2005 and 2006 seasons when the team was affiliated with the Boston Red Sox.
In 2005, the Blue Rocks were featured in Sportscenter's 50 States in 50 Days. Matt Winer reported from a set in left field where Sportscenter did stories on the many mascots of the Blue Rocks. The Aug. 19 game featuring SportsCenter drew the Blue Rocks' largest crowd in team history.
The Blue Rocks have three mascots. One is Rocky Bluewinkle, a blue moose. Another is Mr. Celery, a stalk of celery that comes out to "Song 2" by Blur when Wilmington scores a run. Finally, there is Rubble, a giant blue rock.
Wilmington Blue Rocks roster
7-day disabled list
- 1993 season: Defeated Frederick 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Winston-Salem 3-1 in championship.
- 1994 season: Defeated Winston-Salem 3-0 to win championship.
- 1995 season: Defeated Prince William 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Kinston 3-0 in championship.
- 1996 season: Defeated Kinston 3-1 to win championship.
- 1998 season: Defeated Winston-Salem 3-1 to win championship.
- 1999 season: Tied Myrtle Beach 2-2 for co-championship.
- 2001 season: Defeated Frederick 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Salem 3-2 in championship.
- 2002 season: Lost to Lynchburg 2-1 in semifinals.
- 2003 season: Lost to Lynchburg 2-0 in semifinals.
- 2004 season: Defeated Potomac 2-1 in semifinals; lost to Kinston 3-2 in championship.
- 2006 season: Lost to Frederick 2-1 in semifinals.
- 2007 season: Lost to Frederick 2-0 in semifinals.
- 2008 season: Lost to Potomac 3-0 in semifinals.
- 2009 season: Lost to Lynchburg 3-2 in semifinals.
- 2012 season: Lost to Lynchburg 2-1 in semifinals.
Players of note
More than 130 Blue Rocks have gone on to the major leagues, including All-Stars Carlos Beltrán, Lance Carter, Johnny Damon, Zack Greinke, Jon Lieber, José Rosado, and Mike Sweeney. Other former Blue Rock players of note include:
- Jeremy Affeldt
- Ángel Berroa
- Carlos Beltrán
- Brandon Berger
- Ryan Bukvich
- Tim Byrdak
- Dee Brown
- Clay Buchholz
- Kiko Calero
- Lance Carter
- Johnny Damon
- David DeJesus
- Chad Durbin
- Mark Ellis
- Jacoby Ellsbury
- Sal Fasano
- Carlos Febles
- Mike Fyhrie
- Byron Gettis
- Jason Gilfillan
- Jimmy Gobble
- Alexis Gomez
- Raúl González
- Zack Greinke
- Rubén Gotay
- Shane Halter
- Ken Harvey
- Runelvys Hernández
- Norris Hopper
- Eric Hosmer
- Kila Ka'aihue
- Jon Lieber
- Mendy López
- Jed Lowrie
- Ramon E. Martinez
- Mike MacDougal
- Mike Moustakas
- Wes Obermueller
- Kit Pellow
- Paul Phillips
- Mark Quinn
- José Rosado
- Rudy Rufer
- Glendon Rusch
- Brian Sanches
- Aníbal Sánchez
- José Santiago
- Shawn Sedlacek
- Andy Stewart
- Larry Sutton
- Mike Sweeney
- Matt Treanor
- Michael Tucker
- Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame
- Daniel S. Frawley Stadium
- Wilmington Quicksteps
- Wilmington Park
- List of professional sports teams in Delaware
- "Delaware Gets Carolina League Team". Roanoke Times. 2009-10-30. p. B9.
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