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The Montgomery Biscuits began play in 2004 as a Tampa Bay Devil Rays affilate after the Orlando Rays relocated to Montgomery, Alabama, and have been a Rays farm team ever since. They captured back-to-back league titles in 2006 and 2007.

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[edit] Year-by-Year History

[edit] 2004

In their inaugural season, the Biscuits posted the worst record in the Southern League and finished in fifth place in the West Division in both halves of the season. Despite their poor performance, several players were called up the the majors, including Joey Gathright (who .341 in 32 games with Montgomery), B.J. Upton (who hit .327 in 29 games), and Scott Kazmir (who went 1-2 with a 1.44 ERA in 4 starts). Other notable performances included Jason Cromer, who went 9-11 with a 4.15 ERA, and Chris Seddon, who went 9-10 with a 4.39 ERA. The team was also a huge success at the gate, drawing 322,946 fans.

[edit] 2005

In 2005, the Biscuits improved to 67-70. The club was led by Delmon Young, who hit .336 with 20 homers and 71 RBIs while being named Southern League MVP, and Jason Hammel, who was 8-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 12 starts. Third baseman Rico Washington hit .300 with 19 home runs and 77 RBIs and was named a league All-Star along with Young.

[edit] 2006

The next year, the Biscuits posted a 36-33 record in the first half before winning the South Division title with a 41-29 mark in the season's second half. They swept the Jacksonville Suns in the playoffs before defeating the Huntsville Stars 3 games to 1 to capture the league championship. Second baseman Elliot Johnson led the offense, hitting .281 with 10 triples, 15 homers, 50 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. On the mound, Andy Sonnanstine won 15 games, struck out 153, posted a 2.57 ERA, and made the circuit's All-Star team, while closer Juan Salas saved 14 games and did not allow an earned run in 23 appearances before being promoted to the AAA Durham Bulls.

[edit] 2007

In 2007, the Biscuits captured a second consecutive Southern League title. They went .500 in the season's first half and finished in fourth place in the South Division but went 46-24 after that to grab the second half crown. After defeating the Mississippi Braves in the first round of the playoffs, they again beat Huntsville to take the league championship. Third baseman Evan Longoria hit .307 with 21 home runs and was named the circuit's MVP, and Chris Mason was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher after going 15-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 28 starts. They were joined as All-Stars by reliever Dale Thayer, who led the league with 21 saves, and catcher John Jaso, who hit .316 with twelve homers.

[edit] 2008

The Biscuits slipped just below .500 in 2008, going 69-70 and finishing second in the Southern Division in the first half and third in the second half. Third baseman Chris Nowak hit .290 with 35 doubles to lead the team's hitters, and first baseman/outfielder Gabriel Martinez hit 20 home runs. On the mound, Wade Davis went 9-6 and struck out 81, and David Price went 7-0 in 9 starts before being promoted to AAA.

[edit] 2009

In 2009, the Biscuits posted their worst record since their inaugural season and finished fourth in the Southern Division in both halves of the season. Outfielder Desmond Jennings led the team with a .316 average, 69 runs scored, and 37 stolen bases, while first baseman Rhyne Hughes paced the club with 15 home runs. On the mound, starter Heath Rollins posted a 3.83 ERA, Aneury Rodriguez struck out 111, and closer Calvin Medlock recorded 13 saves.

[edit] 2010

The Biscuits improved to over .500 in 2010 but missed the playoffs for the third straight year after finishing second in the first half and third in the second half. The club finished last in the Southern League with a .248 average, and John Matulia paced the offense with a .269 mark. The pitching staff was much stronger, with Alex Cobb going 7-5 with a 2.71 ERA and 128 strikeouts and Alex Torres posting a 11-6 record, a 3.47 ERA, and 150 strikeouts. Closer Matt Gorgen tied for the circuit lead with 22 saves and posted a 1.65 ERA.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
2004 57-83 10th Charlie Montoyo Skeeter Barnes
2005 67-70 5th Charlie Montoyo
2006 77-62 3rd Charlie Montoyo League Champs
2007 81-59 1st Billy Gardner Jr. League Champs Neil Allen
2008 69-70 6th Billy Gardner Jr. Neil Allen
2009 65-74 6th (t) Billy Gardner Jr. Neil Allen
2010 72-66 5th Billy Gardner Jr. Ozzie Timmons Bill Moloney
2011 65-74 7th Billy Gardner Jr. Ozzie Timmons Bill Moloney
2012 74-63 2nd Billy Gardner Jr. Lost in 1st round Ozzie Timmons R.C. Lichtenstein
2013 71-69 6th Billy Gardner Jr. Ozzie Timmons R.C. Lichtenstein
2014 Brady Williams Ozzie Timmons R.C. Lichtenstein

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