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Bowling Green Hot Rods

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Team History[edit]

The Bowling Green Hot Rods, formerly of the Midwest League, briefly in High-A East, and now in the South Atlantic League, jumped jointly with the Lake County Captains from the SAL to the MwL in 2010 before coming full circle. The Tampa Bay Rays farmhands play their homes games at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, KY.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization moved the Rods up one level. Eleven of the Midwest's 12 surviving clubs comprised High-A Central, now again the MwL, in 2021. The Rods, however, were moved to High-A East - now again the SAL. Geographically, although not if one draws legacy lines between the old and new circuits, that effectively reverses the Rods' league jump.

The Rods and the Sally League's Lexington Legends - would-be natural rivals separated by their circuits - scheduled home-and-home exhibitions in 2020 and 2021. The Coronavirus pandemic canceled the first, and then the minors' overhaul canceled the Lexington franchise.

In 2019, the Hot Rods decided to pay tribute to a local event by renaming themselves for one game as the "Bowling Green Sinkholes". It was to commemorate the huge sinkhole that opened up beneath the nearby National Corvette Museum in 2014, swallowing eight vintage cars.

The Rods' colors, despite their city's name, don't include green.

They play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Bólidos de Bowling Green (Bowling Green Racing Cars).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

2009-2015 logo
Year League Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Coach
2009 South Atlantic League 64-74 14th Matt Quatraro Hector Torres R.C. Lichtenstein
2010 Midwest League 61-78 12th Brady Williams Manny Castillo R.C. Lichtenstein
2011 Midwest League 77-63 5th Brady Williams Lost in 1st round Manny Castillo R.C. Lichtenstein
2012 Midwest League 80-60 2nd Brady Williams Lost in 1st round Manny Castillo Bill Moloney
2013 Midwest League 82-56 2nd Jared Sandberg Lost in 1st round Manny Castillo Kyle Snyder
2014 Midwest League 61-77 14th (t) Michael Johns Lost in 1st round Dan DeMent Bill Moloney
2015 Midwest League 69-69 10th Reinaldo Ruiz Dan DeMent Bill Moloney
2016 Midwest League 84-55 2nd (t) Reinaldo Ruiz Manny Castillo Bill Moloney
2017 Midwest League 72-65 5th (t) Reinaldo Ruiz Lost in 1st round Bill Moloney Joe Szekely, Hector Torres
2018 Midwest League 90-49 1st Craig Albernaz League Champs Manny Castillo Brian Reith Jeremy Owens
2019 Midwest League 81-58 2nd (t) Reinaldo Ruiz Lost in 1st round Manny Castillo Brian Reith Jeremy Owens
2020 Season cancelled
2021 High-A East 82-36 1st Jeff Smith League Champs Brady North Jim Paduch Skeeter Barnes
2022 South Atlantic League 78-52 1st Jeff Smith League Champs Paul Rozzelle Alberto Bastardo Skeeter Barnes
2023 South Atlantic League 69-57 3rd Rafael Valenzuela Paul Rozzelle R.C. Lichtenstein Skeeter Barnes
2024 South Atlantic League Rafael Valenzuela Braxton Martinez Jim Paduch Perry Roth

Related Sites[edit]

Official site