Visalia Rawhide

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Team History[edit]

The Visalia Rawhide, of the Single-A California League and briefly in Low-A West, evoke TV's Rawhide and other westerns with their theme song and ranch brand-like logo. The Arizona Diamondbacks farmhands play their home games at Valley Strong Ballpark in Visalia, CA.

The Visalia Oaks became the Rawhide in 2009. However, Rawhide broadcaster Jill Gearin says the name change was actually intended to honor the area's dairy industry.[1] Cowbells also figure prominently: A video of the 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch with Christopher Walken ("I've got a FEVER - and the only prescription is - more COWBELL!") plays before games; during them, cowbells - many in the hands of fans who got them free as Rawhide giveaway items - clang frequently; and the "world's largest cowbell" stands on the berm called "The Pasture" and rings for Rawhide home runs.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Rawhide, and most of the Cali circuit, one level. The Diamondbacks-Visalia partnership, affiliated since 2007, survived the reorganization, and that partnership is now Visalia's longest.

A Visalia Oaks cap was among five Cali League ones that became clues to solving a murder in TV's Life (2007-2009).

The Rawhide play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign series as Toros de Visalia (Visalia Bulls).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2009 64-76 6th Mike Bell Alan Zinter Wellington Cepeda
2010 72-68 7th Audo Vicente Alan Zinter Erik Sabel
2011 63-77 8th Jason Hardtke Andy Abad Doug Drabek
2012 64-76 9th Jason Hardtke Jacob Cruz Doug Drabek
2013 77-63 3rd Bill Plummer Lost in 2nd round Bobby Smith Gil Heredia
2014 75-65 4th(t) Robby Hammock Lost League Finals Jason Camilli Gil Heredia
2015 84-56 1st J.R. House Lost in 2nd round Jon Mathews Gil Heredia
2016 81-59 2nd J.R. House Lost League Finals Vince Harrison Jeff Bajenaru Javier Colina
2017 69-71 5th Shelley Duncan Vince Harrison Jeff Bajenaru Eddie Oropesa
2018 70-70 3rd (t) Joe Mather Lost League Finals Franklin Stubbs Jeff Bajenaru Travis Denker
2019 83-53 1st Shawn Roof League Champs Travis Denker Shane Loux Nick Evans
2020 Season cancelled
2021 38-82 8th Javier Colina Micah Franklin Barry Enright Darrin Garner
2022 45-87 7th (t) Jorge Cortes Ty Wright Gabriel Hernandez Cody Ransom
2023 50-82 7th (t) Darrin Garner Xen Penny Tyler Mark Rolando Arnedo
2024 Darrin Garner Brad Marcelino Tyler Mark Jaime Del Valle

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