Carolina Mudcats

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Team History[edit]

The Carolina Mudcats, of the Single-A Carolina League and briefly in Low-A East, are owned by their parent club. The Milwaukee Brewers farmhands play their home games at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the 'Cats one level. The Brewers became their third parent in as many affiliation cycles in 2017, then bought them from long-time owner Steve Bryant.

Bryant, a Raleigh area advertising executive, bought the Columbus Astros of the Southern League in 1988. He intended to use the team, which he promptly renamed the "Mudcats", to return affiliated baseball to North Carolina's capital. However, the nearby Durham Bulls blocked the move with their territorial rights. Bryant then located the team as close to Raleigh as possible, in the town of Zebulon, moving it in 1991 and in the same season switching its affiliation from the Houston Astros to the Pittsburgh Pirates. After eight years, the 'Cats switched to the Colorado Rockies for four years, then went with the then-Florida Marlins before becoming the Cincinnati Reds' Double-A affiliate in 2009.

Their logo - a caricature of a catfish swimming toward the viewer through a capital C, or perhaps wearing one as a collar - was an instant success.

in 2012, Bryant sold his original franchise to a buyer who moved it to Pensacola, FL, then bought the Kinston Indians and moved them to Zebulon. The K-Tribe assumed the Mudcats' brand, with the effect that "Carolina" dropped from Class Double-A to Class A Advanced. Bryant sold that franchise to the Brewers in 2017. The sale was a benchmark, moving commonly owned parent/farm tandems to 20% as MLB clubs defended themselves against getting paired with teams they didn't want by buying ones they did. This was the primary force that led to the 2021 reorganization.

The franchise may be on the move again. The Mudcats and the city of Wilson, NC, which is in one of the five counties referenced in their ballpark's name, are officially talking about the city building the team a new ballpark there.[1] The city is officially spending, too, with city council on June 15th approving $640,000 toward studying the idea.[2]

The 'Cats play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Pescados de Carolina (Carolina Fish).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1991 66-76 8th Marc Bombard Trent Jewett Spin Williams
1992 52-92 10th Don Werner Rich Chiles Tom Dettore
1993 74-67 3rd Spin Williams (29-38) / John Wockenfuss (45-29) Joe Lonnett Spin Williams
1994 74-66 4th (t) Bobby Meacham Lost League Finals Wayne Garland
1995 89-55 1st Trent Jewett League Champs Don Werner Dave Rajsich
1996 70-69 6th Marc Hill Lost in 1st round Bruce Tanner
1997 55-82 10th Marc Hill (26-42) / Jeff Banister (29-40) Tracy Woodson Bruce Tanner
1998 59-80 9th Jeff Banister Curtis Wilkerson Dave Rajsich Tony Beasley
1999 60-80 9th Jay Loviglio Theron Todd Jerry Cram
2000 64-75 9th (t) Ron Gideon Theron Todd Jerry Cram
2001 62-76 7th Ron Gideon Theron Todd Bryn Smith
2002 65-71 8th P.J. Carey Theron Todd Bryn Smith
2003 80-58 1st Tracy Woodson League Champs Matt Raleigh Tom Signore / Reid Cornelius
2004 73-66 2nd (t) Ron Hassey
2005 77-57 3rd Gary Allenson Lost in 1st round Scott Mitchell
2006 61-79 8th Luis Dorante
2007 60-80 10th Brandon Hyde Scott Mitchell
2008 80-60 1st Matt Raleigh Lost League Finals Theron Todd Scott Mitchell
2009 65-74 2nd (t) David Bell Ryan Jackson Rigo Beltran
2010 58-79 9th David Bell Ryan Jackson Tom Brown
2011 53-86 10th David Bell Ryan Jackson Tom Brown
2012 63-77 7th Edwin Rodriguez Scooter Tucker Scott Erickson
2013 57-83 8th David Wallace Rouglas Odor Jeff Harris
2014 62-74 7th Scooter Tucker Tony Mansolino Steve Karsay
2015 71-68 4th Luis Salazar Carlos Méndez Derrick Lewis Jose Mota
2016 52-87 8th Rocket Wheeler Carlos Méndez Derrick Lewis Barrett Kleinknecht
2017 73-65 3rd Joe Ayrault Dave Joppie David Chavarria Edwin Maysonet
2018 65-73 7th Joe Ayrault Bobby Bell, Sandy Guerrero Bob Milacki Edwin Maysonet
2019 65-74 7th Joe Ayrault Bobby Bell Cameron Castro Fidel Pena
2020 Season cancelled
2021 68-52 4th (t) Joe Ayrault Jordan Getzelman / Eric Theisen Carson Cross Liu Rodriguez
2022 69-62 4th (t) Victor Estevez Ken Joyce Drew Thomas Jorge Ortega
2023 72-55 2nd Victor Estevez Lost in 1st round J.J. Reimer Michael O'Neal Jorge Ortega, David Valdez
2024 Nick Stanley Austin Turner Michael O'Neal Liu Rodriguez, David Valdez

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