Corpus Christi Hooks

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Team History[edit]

The Corpus Christi Hooks, of the Texas League and briefly in Double-A Central, are owned by their parent club. The Houston Astros farmhands play their home games at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, TX.

Their nickname is for the local fishing industry. In a time that alternate brands abound, though, this club is a leader: Raspas de Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi Snow Cones[1]) for the Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign; "Blue Ghosts" to promote the USS Lexington Museum, on the deck of which they once took batting practice; Dia de los Hooks for the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead; and in 2021 "Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits" in a weekly Whataburger promotion.

The club relocated from Round Rock, TX, where they began play in 2000 as the Round Rock Express after Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan's firm bought and moved the Jackson Generals.

In their first season in Corpus Christi, led by Dave Clark, they posted a 64-76 record. Pitcher Jason Hirsh went 13-8 with a 2.87 ERA for the club and led the league with 165 strikeouts. In their second year, the Hooks won the Texas League championship. In their first season in Corpus Christi, led by Dave Clark, they posted a 64-76 record. Pitcher Jason Hirsh went 13-8 with a 2.87 ERA for the club and led the league with 165 strikeouts. In their second year, the Hooks won the Texas League championship.

The Astros bought the Hooks in 2013.

After the Astros won their first World Series, a 2018 giveaway of replicas of their 2017 World Series rings drew a crowd of 10,446.

In 2019, the Hooks received national publicity for a "Phones-Free" game on June 20th. Fans were given a special case in which to lock their phones for the duration of the game, with provisions made for those who needed to use them for emergencies, and special photo booths set up for those who normally use their phones as cameras. The object was to raise awareness for coastal conservation by asking persons to pay less attention to their phone and more to their environment.

The Hooks play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Corpus Christi Cumbias (The Cumbia is a style of music that originated as a Columbian folk dance).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2005 64-76 7th Dave Clark John Tamargo Jr. Joe Slusarski Danny Fatheree
2006 76-63 3rd Dave Clark League Champs John Tamargo Jr. Joe Slusarski Danny Fatheree
2007 67-73 6th Dave Clark John Tamargo Jr. Stan Boroski Danny Fatheree
2008 55-85 8th Luis Pujols John Tamargo Jr. Stan Boroski
2009 61-79 7th (t) Luis Pujols Keith Bodie Stan Boroski
2010 63-77 7th Wes Clements Mark Bailey Travis Driskill
2011 50-90 8th Tom Lawless John Moses Don Alexander
2012 81-59 1st Keith Bodie Lost in 1st round Joel Chimelis Gary Ruby
2013 83-57 1st Keith Bodie Lost in 1st round Tim Garland Gary Ruby Mark Bailey
2014 67-73 7th Keith Bodie Tim Garland Gary Ruby Tom Lawless
2015 89-51 1st Rodney Linares Lost in 1st round Dan Radison Doug Brocail Tom Lawless
2016 85-55 1st Rodney Linares Lost in 1st round Dan Radison Dave Borkowski
2017 67-71 4th (t) Rodney Linares Joel Chimelis Dave Borkowski Tommy Kawamura
2018 82-56 1st Omar Lopez Lost in 1st round Troy Snitker Bill Murphy Mycal Jones
2019 66-73 6th Omar Lopez Tim LaMonte Graham Johnson
2020 Season cancelled
2021 54-65 9th Gregorio Petit Rafael Pena Graham Johnson Micheal Thomas
2022 Gregorio Petit Aaron Westlake Thomas Whitsett Dylan Mazzo

Further Reading[edit]

  • Ashlee Burns: "Minor league baseball promotion puts cell phones out of reach", USA Today, June 20, 2019. [2]

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