Greensboro Grasshoppers

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Team History[edit]

The Greensboro Grasshoppers, of the South Atlantic League and briefly in High-A East, are in the same league with perhaps their most logical natural rival for the first time since 1968. The Pittsburgh Pirates farmhands play their home games at First National Bank Field in Greensboro, NC.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization raised the 'Hoppers one level into the same post-Affiliate Era circuit with the logical regional rival Winston-Salem Dash. The move also befits the fact that the stadium was built to the Double-A standards that were in place when construction began in 2004. Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan offered a friendly wager on their first season series, putting up a pair of Wrangler jeans, which Winston-Salem's Allen Joines covered with a dozen hot Krispy Kremes; the 'Hoppers August 12th victory clinched the Kremes for Vaughan.

The 'Hoppers' 16 years with the Florida/Miami Marlins was their longest partnership, pre-dating both their current nickname and ballpark, but they dropped the Fish for the Bucs after the 2017-2018 affiliation cycle.

"Grasshoppers" is now second only to "Patriots" on the Greensboro baseball team nickname list - but it has a long way to go to catch the leader's 35 seasons. Their last nickname before "Grasshoppers" was "Bats".

Unlike the Greenville Drive or Bowling Green Hot Rods, Greensboro's colors do include green.

The 'Hoppers play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Ocelotes de Greensboro (Greensboro Ocelots, the ocelot being a type of panther).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2005 67-71 11th Brandon Hyde Bo Porter Steve Foster
2006 68-69 9th Brandon Hyde Josue Espada Steve Foster
2007 71-69 8th Edwin Rodriguez Anthony Iapoce John Duffy
2008 66-72 11th Edwin Rodriguez Jorge Hernandez John Duffy
2009 66-74 13th Darin Everson Bobby Bell Charlie Corbell
2010 66-74 8th Andy Haines Kevin Randel Charlie Corbell
2011 79-60 2nd (t) Andy Haines League Champs Kevin Randel Willie Glen
2012 80-59 3rd Dave Berg Lost League Finals Frank Moore Blake McGinley
2013 65-72 9th Jorge Hernandez Frank Moore Blake McGinley
2014 87-53 2nd(t) Dave Berg Lost in 1st round Frank Moore Jeremy Powell Jose Ceballos
2015 51-88 14th Kevin Randel Luis Quinones Jeremy Powell
2016 65-75 12th Kevin Randel Rigoberto Silverio Brendan Sagara Jose Ceballos
2017 75-61 2nd Todd Pratt Lost in 1st round Frank Moore Mark DiFelice Angel Espada
2018 60-76 13th Todd Pratt Frank Moore Mark DiFelice Angel Espada
2019 79-59 3rd Miguel Perez Chris Petersen Stan Kyles
2020 Season cancelled
2021 74-46 2nd Kieran Mattison Lost League Finals Ruben Gotay Matt Ford Blake Butler
2022 58-70 9th Callix Crabbe Ruben Gotay Fernando Nieve Justin Orton
2023 68-61 5th Robby Hammock Jonathan Prieto Fernando Nieve Justin Orton, Collin Wilber
2024 Blake Butler Jonathan Prieto Matt Myers (coach) Casey Harms, Ethan Goforth, Quentin Brown

External Link[edit]

Greensboro Grasshoppers