Myrtle Beach Pelicans

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Team History[edit]

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, of the Single-A Carolina League and briefly in Low-A East, have the actual franchise that was portrayed in Bull Durham (1988). The Chicago Cubs farmhands play their home games at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The film - released nearly halfway into the 1988 campaign - helped hike the Durham Bulls' attendance 25% between the bookending seasons, followed in 1990 by Class A's first 300,000 one-season attendance. That led Durham, NC, to build a bigger ballpark, which drew 390,486 in its first season and helped land the Triple-A team that bumped the Carolina League franchise in 1998. The former Bulls played one season in Danville, VA, as the Danville 97s while Myrtle Beach, SC, built the stadium that has been their home ever since.

The team was league co-champion in its inaugural season, 1999, and captured another title in 2000. An Atlanta Braves affiliate from 1980 - during its "Durham Bulls" days - through 2010, its roster included many future Braves including Marcus Giles, Rafael Furcal, Adam LaRoche, Jeff Francoeur and Joey Devine.

Pelicans owner Chuck Greenberg and pitching great Nolan Ryan led a group that bought the Pels' then-parent Texas Rangers in August 2010, but Greenberg sold out the following March; at their next chance to change affiliations, the Pelicans dropped the Rangers for the Cubs. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Pels one level and kept them in the Cubs' system.

The Pels' home, formerly Coastal Federal Field, is considered perhaps the top pitchers' park in affiliated baseball.

The Pelicans play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Pelícanos de Myrtle Beach, a straightforward translation of their name.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1999 79-60 2nd Brian Snitker Co-Champs * Dan Norman Bruce Dal Canton
2000 88-52 1st Brian Snitker League Champs Sixto Lezcano Bruce Dal Canton
2001 71-67 3rd Brian Snitker Tommy Gregg Bruce Dal Canton
2002 79-61 3rd Randy Ingle Lost in 1st round Jack Maloof Bruce Dal Canton
2003 56-82 8th Randy Ingle Jack Maloof Bruce Dal Canton Edinson Renteria
2004 75-63 3rd Randy Ingle Jack Maloof Bruce Dal Canton
2005 61-79 7th Randy Ingle Franklin Stubbs Bruce Dal Canton
2006 72-68 3rd Rocket Wheeler Franklin Stubbs Bruce Dal Canton
2007 59-80 7th Rocket Wheeler Rick Albert Bruce Dal Canton
2008 89-51 1st Rocket Wheeler Lost League Finals Rick Albert Bruce Dal Canton, Mike Alvarez
2009 53-84 8th Rocket Wheeler Rick Albert Guy Hansen
2010 58-82 8th Rocket Wheeler Rick Albert Kent Willis
2011 72-67 3rd Jason Wood Lost in 1st round Julio Garcia Brad Holman
2012 74-65 2nd Jason Wood Lost in 1st round Julio Garcia Brad Holman Kenny Holmberg
2013 77-62 2nd Jason Wood Lost in 1st round Josue Perez Steve Mintz
2014 82-56 1st Joe Mikulik Lost League Finals Josue Perez Steve Mintz
2015 81-57 1st Mark Johnson League Champs Mariano Duncan David Rosario Chris Gutierrez
2016 82-57 3rd Buddy Bailey League Champs Mariano Duncan Anderson Tavares Juan Cabreja
2017 73-67 5th Buddy Bailey Lost in 1st round Guillermo Martinez Anderson Tavares Ty Wright
2018 61-78 9th Buddy Bailey Ty Wright Anderson Tavares Carlos E. Rojas
2019 55-81 9th Steve Lerud Ty Wright Brian Lawrence Osmin Melendez
2020 Season cancelled
2021 59-61 6th Buddy Bailey Dan Puente Clayton Mortensen Ben Martinez
2022 78-53 2nd Buddy Bailey Lost in 1st round Steven Pollakov Clayton Mortensen Andrew Gold, Jovanny Rosario
2023 Buddy Bailey Roberto Vaz Bruce Billings Corey Ray, Derron Davis
  • * Series canceled due to Hurricane Floyd with Myrtle Beach and Wilmington tied at two games apiece.

External Link[edit]

The Official Website of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans