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[edit] Team History

The New Britain Rock Cats are the AA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins and play in the Eastern League. They play their home games at New Britain Stadium. The club came into being in 1983 when the Boston Red Sox AA affiliate relocated from Bristol, CT to New Britain, CT and became known as the New Britain Red Sox. In 1995, the club changed their affiliation to the Twins and became the Hardware City Rock Cats. Two years later, the team changed their name again, to the New Britain Rock Cats. In 2001, they were Eastern League Co-Champions, as the last round of the playoffs was cancelled by the terrorist attacks of September 11. The team will move to Hartford, CT after the 2015 season, where they will be known as the Hartford Yard Goats.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
1997 70-72 7th Al Newman
1998 83-59 1st John Russell Lost League Finals
1999 59-82 11th John Russell Stu Cliburn
2000 51-91 11th John Russell Stu Cliburn
2001 87-55 1st Stan Cliburn League Co-Champs * Stu Cliburn
2002 67-72 8th Stan Cliburn Stu Cliburn
2003 73-68 4th Stan Cliburn Lost in 1st round Riccardo Ingram Stu Cliburn
2004 70-70 6th Stan Cliburn Jeff Carter Stu Cliburn
2005 70-72 7th Stan Cliburn Floyd Rayford Stu Cliburn
2006 64-78 11th Riccardo Ingram Floyd Rayford Gary Lucas
2007 69-72 9th Riccardo Ingram Floyd Rayford Gary Lucas
2008 64-77 10th Bobby Cuellar Floyd Rayford Steve Mintz
2009 72-69 4th Tom Nieto Lost in 1st round Floyd Rayford Stu Cliburn
2010 44-98 12th Jeff Smith Rudy Hernandez Stu Cliburn
2011 72-70 7th Jeff Smith Tom Brunansky Stu Cliburn
2012 75-67 5th Jeff Smith Rudy Hernandez Stu Cliburn
2013 66-76 10th Jeff Smith Chad Allen Stu Cliburn
2014 73-69 4th(t) Jeff Smith Chad Allen Stu Cliburn
2015 Darin Everson Jeff Salazar Dave Burba

* Series canceled, New Britain and Reading declared co-champions

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