Hickory Crawdads

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Team History[edit]

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The Hickory Crawdads, of the High-A South Atlantic League and briefly in High-A East, have one of Professional Development League baseball's most popular logos - a baseball-pinching crawdad. The Texas Rangers farmhands play their home games at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC.

In April 2023, The News Herald of Morganton, NC, reported that Diamond Baseball Holdings and the 'Dads owner and parent, the Texas Rangers, had agreed for DBH to buy the farm club. That sale was finally announced by the two principles - at the same time announcing that DBH would also acquire the Down EAst Wood Ducks from the Rangers - on May 23, 2023. Both sales have since closed. Entertainment giant Endeavor created DBH in 2021 specifically to acquire farm teams in the wake of - and under new rules created by - MLB's Minor League Reorganization. Endeavor later sold DBH to Silver Lake Partners. Those rules reportedly include caps of 24 teams total and nine in any given level. Former owners Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney remain with the operation.

The Rangers had bought the 'Dads after the 2017 season. The 2021 reorganization raised the 'Dads one level.

The Gastonia Rangers moved from nearby Gastonia after the 1992 season to become the Crawdads. The team captured league championships in 2002 and 2004.

They play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Llamas de Hickory ("llamas" salutes the South American pack animal).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1993 52-88 13th Fred Kendall Mark Salas Curt Hasler Paul Casanova
1994 86-54 2nd Fred Kendall Lost in 1st round Mark Haley Curt Hasler Paul Casanova
1995 49-89 14th Mike Rojas Dave Keller
1996 55-85 14th Chris Cron Michael Barnett Sean Snedeker
1997 76-64 4th Chris Cron Lost in 1st round Dallas Williams Sean Snedeker
1998 56-84 13th Mark Haley Gregg Ritchie Sean Snedeker
1999 70-70 6th Tracy Woodson Lost in 2nd round Ben Oglivie Steve Watson
2000 75-66 5th Jay Loviglio Greg Briley Blaine Beatty
2001 67-73 10th Pete Mackanin Tracy Sanders Bob Milacki
2002 83-56 1st Tony Beasley League Champs Greg Briley Scott Lovekamp
2003 82-54 2nd Tony Beasley Lost in 1st round Matt Winters Bob Milacki
2004 85-55 2nd Dave Clark League Champs Matt Winters Bob Milacki
2005 54-80 15th Jeff Branson Greg Briley Ray Searage
2006 67-70 10th Jeff Branson Greg Briley David Lundquist
2007 70-66 7th Gary Green Lost in 1st round Ryan Newman David Lundquist
2008 52-87 15th Gary Green Josh Bonifay Jeff Johnson
2009 63-76 15th Hector Ortiz Brian Dayett Brad Holman
2010 75-64 4th (t) Bill Richardson Lost in 1st round Jason Hart Brad Holman
2011 79-58 1st Bill Richardson Lost in 1st round Jason Hart Storm Davis Corey Ragsdale
2012 74-65 5th Bill Richardson Josue Perez Storm Davis Humberto Miranda
2013 76-63 5th Corey Ragsdale Justin Mashore Ryan O'Malley
2014 80-59 5th Corey Ragsdale Bobby Rose Oscar Marin Travis Adair
2015 81-57 3rd Corey Ragsdale League Champs Francisco Matos Oscar Marin Chad Comer
2016 74-66 5th Steve Mintz Francisco Matos Jose Jaimes Matt Hagen
2017 64-76 11th Spike Owen Kenny Hook Jose Jaimes Sharnol Adriana
2018 70-68 7th Matt Hagen Chase Lambin Jose Jaimes Turtle Thomas
2019 83-52 2nd Matt Hagen Lost League Finals Jared Goedert Jose Jaimes Josh Johnson
2020 Season cancelled
2021 46-68 11th Josh Johnson Chad Comer Jordan Tiegs Hiram Bocachica
2022 66-65 6th Carlos Cardoza Ryan Tuntland Jon Goebel Kawika Emsley-Pai, Jay Sullenger
2023 70-55 1st Chad Comer Lost in 1st round Drew Sannes Jose Jaimes Justin Jacobs, Jay Sullenger
2024 Chad Comer Drew Sannes Julio Valdez Justin Jacobs, Jay Sullenger

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