New Britain Rock Cats





New Britain Rock Cats
Founded in 1995
New Britain, Connecticut

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  • Double-A (1995-Present)
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  • New Britain Rock Cats (1996-present)
  • Hardware City Rock Cats (1995)
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Minor League titles
League titles2001 (co-champion)
Division titles1998, 2001
Owner(s)/Operated By:
Manager: Riccardo Ingram
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The New Britain Rock Cats are a minor league baseball team based in New Britain, Connecticut. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins major-league club. The Rock Cats play in New Britain Stadium.

The Cats' current manager is Riccardo Ingram. Prior to the 2006 season, the team was led for five years by twin brothers Stan Cliburn (manager) and Stu Cliburn (pitching coach), now both with the Twins' triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings.

History

The franchise's timeline can be traced back to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, which was the home of the Red Sox' Double-A affiliate from 1970 to 1972. When the Pawtucket Red Sox became a Triple-A team in 1973, the 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, owner Joe Buzas moved the team some 10 miles east to New Britain. Then known as the New Britain Red Sox, the team played its home games at Beehive Field, which is still standing next to the current stadium.

As Beehive Field became outdated and new facilities began to pop up in other cities around the league, Buzas was faced with the choice of staying in New Britain and building a new stadium, versus moving the franchise again. The Red Sox front office supported the idea of moving to Springfield, Massachusetts, because it was closer to their fan base, but ultimately in August 1994, Buzas decided to stay. The Red Sox promptly pulled their affiliation and moved it, at the time, to Trenton, New Jersey (ironically, farther away from the fan base). For the 1995 season, Buzas signed a new development agreement with the Minnesota Twins, and this affiliation has continued ever since. During the 1995 season (their only season in Beehive Field), the team was known as the Hardware City Rock Cats, a reference to New Britain's nickname "The Hardware City". Since 1996 when they moved into the current stadium, the team has been the New Britain Rock Cats. Stanley Works continues to be a significant sponsor of the team and ballpark.

During 2003 and 2004, the team was involved in several lawsuits over its Friday night fireworks displays. A group of residents living near the stadium claimed the noise was disruptive, and the ash and debris damaged their cars and homes. In May 2005, Judge Marshall Berger allowed the shows to continue after attending one himself, but ruled that their frequency should be scaled back.[1] The team is currently limited to only one show a month (generally held on the first Friday home game), and has added laser-light shows and other "quiet" promotions to replace the missing fireworks.

Notable Alumni

Season records

Season Manager W-L Win % Finish Playoffs Results
1995Sal Butera65-77.4585th
1996Al Newman61-81.4305th
1997Al Newman70-72.4933rd
1998John Russell83-59.5851stWon Semifinals
Lost League Championship Series
New Britain 3, Binghamton 1
Harrisburg 3, New Britain 1
1999John Russell59-82.4185th
2000John Russell51-91.3596th
2001Stan Cliburn87-55.6131stWon Semifinals
League Championship Series Cancelled 1
New Britain 3, Norwich 1
New Britain 0, Reading 0
2002Stan Cliburn67-72.4824th
2003Stan Cliburn73-68.5182ndLost SemifinalsNew Haven 3, New Britain 2
2004Stan Cliburn70-70.5003rd
2005Stan Cliburn70-71.4964th
2006Riccardo Ingram64-78.4516th
2007Riccardo Ingram69-72.4894th
12001 League Championship was canceled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Trivia

  • In an episode of the television series Cheers in which former Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Sam Malone attempted to make a comeback to professional baseball, he was assigned to the New Britain Red Sox.
  • Every year towards the beginning of the season (usually the first game), a large field trip is planned for the entire New Britain school district to attend.

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