The Hickory Crawdads, formerly of the South Atlantic League and now in High-A East, are owned by their parent Texas Rangers. They play their home games at L.P. Frans Stadium. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization raised the 'Dads one level.
"Crawdads" throughout their Hickory, NC history, their baseball-pinching crawdad logo is among the minors' most popular. The Rangers bought the Crawdad franchise after the 2017 season. Founded in nearby Gastonia in 1977, it was then in its second city and second go-round with the Rangers. In between, there were seven different affiliations, six parent clubs, an independent season, and six different nicknames.
The Crawdads captured league championships in 2002 and 2004.
The 'Dads play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Llamas de Hickory (not exactly a translation, "llamas" salutes the South American pack animal).