Greenville Drive

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Team History[edit]

The Greenville Drive, of the South Atlantic League and briefly in High-A East, are widely credited with turning around the city's downtown.[1] The Boston Red Sox farmhands play their home games at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, SC.

The ballpark mirrors Boston's Fenway Park in many ways. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization drove the Drive up one level.

The former Capital City Bombers moved from Columbia, SC, into the new downtown Greenville ballpark in 2006, after playing 2005 in Greenville Municipal Stadium as the Greenville Bombers.

The dilapidated state of the old park had cost the city its status in Double-A ball after two decades in the Southern League. The Atlanta Braves had tried unsuccessfully for years to get a new or at a least renovated facility before they moved their owned-and-operated Double-A club to Mississippi.

The net effect to Greenville was a drop of two minor league levels, although the reorganization gave one of those back by moving the Drive from Low-A to High-A. In a second silver lining, Fluor is widely credited with revitalizing downtown Greenville - something Municipal Stadium, being neither downtown nor much of a candidate for renovation, had never done.

Despite the city name, team colors don't include green.

The Drive play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Ranas de Rio (the River Frogs).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2006 67-73 11th Luis Alicea Randy Phillips Bob Kipper
2007 58-81 14th Gabe Kapler Randy Phillips Walter Miranda
2008 70-69 8th Kevin Boles Billy McMillon Bob Kipper Mickey Jiang
2009 73-65 5th Kevin Boles Lost League Finals Billy McMillon Bob Kipper Mickey Jiang
2010 77-62 3rd Billy McMillon Lost League Finals Luis Lopez Kevin Walker
2011 78-62 4th Billy McMillon Luis Lopez Dick Such
2012 66-73 9th Carlos Febles Darren Fenster Dick Such
2013 51-87 14th Carlos Febles U L Washington Paul Abbott
2014 60-79 10th Darren Fenster Nelson Paulino Paul Abbott Mickey Jiang
2015 72-68 6th Darren Fenster Nelson Paulino Walter Miranda
2016 70-69 8th (t) Darren Fenster Lee May Jr. Walter Miranda Nate Spears
2017 79-60 1st Darren Fenster League Champs Wilton Veras Walter Miranda Corey Wimberly
2018 64-75 12th Iggy Suarez Wilton Veras Bob Kipper
2019 56-82 13th Iggy Suarez Nelson Paulino Bob Kipper
2020 Season cancelled
2021 67-53 4th Iggy Suarez Nate Spears Bob Kipper John Shelby III
2022 Iggy Suarez Nate Spears Bob Kipper Joe Cronin, Matt Wheeler

External Link[edit]

Official Website of the Greenville Drive