Fresno Grizzlies

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Team History[edit]

The Fresno Grizzlies were the Pacific Coast League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants for almost two decades, but had difficulty finding affiliates after that. They were the last Triple-A team signed for the 2019-20 affiliation cycle, hooking up with the Washington Nationals who had lost the game of musical chairs. Major League Baseball later dropped them three levels in order to get Lancaster out of the California League. They are thus now part of the Low-A West.

The Grizz won the 2015 Triple-A National Baseball Championship, and their three different parent teams in the 2010s won five World Series crowns between them. Also in 2015, they played the "Taco Truck Throwdown" as the Fresno Tacos to a house record of 16,916 spectators. Taco Bell promptly tweeted an offer to buy "tacos for all of Fresno" if they made the promotion permanent. They didn't, but both the tweet and the promotion went viral. They now often play as the Fresno Tacos – and the Throwdown evolved into a stand-alone event held at the stadium when the team is away. The Grizz play Copa de la Diversion Hispanic engagement campaign games as Lowriders de Fresno.

The Expansion of 1998 put Pacific Coast League baseball in Fresno for the first time since 1906, but there's a wrinkle in determining who moved there. Technically, the Phoenix Firebirds made that move, but those Firebirds had undergone a change the previous off-season. The owners of the Firebirds and the Tucson Toros swapped their franchises, so the Firebirds who moved to Fresno in 1998 had been the 1997 Toros.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Coach
1998 81-62 2nd (t) Jim Davenport Lost in 1st round Joe Lefebvre Joel Horlen
1999 73-69 7th Ron Roenicke Mike Hart Joel Horlen
2000 57-84 15th Shane Turner Mike Hart Pete Richert
2001 68-71 9th Shane Turner Mike Hart Pete Richert
2002 57-87 16th Lenn Sakata Mike Hart Bert Bradley
2003 55-88 16th Fred Stanley Steve Decker Bert Bradley
2004 62-82 15th Fred Stanley Steve Decker Ross Grimsley
2005 68-76 11th (t) Shane Turner Jim Bowie Tom Brown
2006 61-83 14th Shane Turner Jim Bowie Trevor Wilson
2007 77-67 4th Dan Rohn Jim Bowie Mike Caldwell
2008 67-76 11th Dan Rohn Jim Bowie Mike Caldwell
2009 71-73 10th (t) Dan Rohn Hensley Meulens Pat Rice
2010 75-69 6th Steve Decker Ken Joyce Pat Rice
2011 65-79 13th (t) Steve Decker Russ Morman Pat Rice
2012 74-70 9th Bob Mariano Russ Morman Pat Rice
2013 68-75 12th Bob Mariano Russ Morman Pat Rice
2014 68-76 13th Bob Mariano Andy Skeels Dwight Bernard
2015 84-59 2nd Tony DeFrancesco League Champs Leon Roberts Ace Adams Jeff Murphy
2016 73-70 5th (t) Tony DeFrancesco Ralph Dickenson Dyar Miller
2017 77-65 4th Tony DeFrancesco Darryl Robinson Dyar Miller Aaron DelGiudice
2018 82-57 3rd Rodney Linares Lost League Finals Darryl Robinson Dyar Miller Aaron DelGiudice Ray Hernandez
2019 65-75 11th Randy Knorr Brian Daubach Brad Holman
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Robinson Cancel Nic Wilson Mark Brewer

Further Reading[edit]

  • Chris Landers: "Let the Fresno Grizzlies take you back in time with their spectacular Kris Kross uniforms", "Cut 4",, April 21, 2017. [1]

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