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Hartford Yard Goats
Founded in 2016
Hartford, Connecticut
Primary Logo for the Hartford Yard Goats.png Hartford Yard Goats Cap Logo.png
Team logoCap insignia
CurrentDouble-A (1983–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Eastern League (1983–present)
DivisionEastern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Colorado Rockies (2015–present)
Previous Minnesota Twins (1995–2014) Boston Red Sox (1983–1994)
Minor league titles
League titles 2 1983, 2001 (Co-Champion)
Division titles 2 1998, 2001
Team data
NicknameHartford Yard Goats
Previous names
  • New Britain Rock Cats (1996–2015)
  • Hardware City Rock Cats (1995–1996)
  • New Britain Red Sox (1983–1994)
  • Bristol Red Sox (1973–1982)
ColorsNavy blue, green, gray, tan, white
MascotChompers and Chew Chew
Previous parks
Josh Solomon
ManagerWarren Schaeffer
General ManagerMike Abramson

The Hartford Yard Goats are a Minor League Baseball team in Hartford, Connecticut. The Yard Goats, which play in the Eastern League, are the Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The team was founded in 2016, when the New Britain Rock Cats relocated to Hartford, Connecticut. The Yard Goats' home stadium is Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford.


The franchise's timeline can be traced back to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where they were a Boston Red Sox Double-A affiliate from 1965 to 1969. The franchise then moved to Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in 1970, where they spent three years. The Pawtucket Red Sox became a Triple-A team in 1973, and the Red Sox moved their Double-A franchise to Bristol, Connecticut. Known as the Bristol Red Sox, the team played at Muzzy Field for ten seasons from 1973 to 1982. Starting with the 1983 season, the team was moved ten miles east to New Britain, Connecticut. Then known as the New Britain Red Sox, the team played its home games at Beehive Field, which stands next to New Britain Stadium. Renamed the Rock Cats in 1997, the team remained in New Britain through the 2015 season. In 2016, the team moved to Hartford and became the Yard Goats.

The Yard Goats were unable to play any games in Hartford in 2016 due to construction delays at Dunkin' Donuts Park, and instead played all of their home games on the road. [1] These delays resulted in a lawsuit between the city of Hartford and Centerplan, the park's developer. Both sides later agreed to mediation. [2] After the city called an insurance bond with Arch Insurance, the firm replaced Centerplan with Whiting-Turner which resumed construction in October 2016. [3] The new developer completed the ballpark for the team's 2017 home opener on April 13, which they lost to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 7-2. [4]

The nickname "Yard Goats" was selected as part of a "Name the Team" contest which drew over 6,000 submissions. "Yard goats" is rail-yard slang for the switch engines or terminal tractors that shuttle train cars between different locomotives, but the logo features a goat chomping on a baseball bat and the team makes heavy use of animal imagery and symbolism. [5] The colors, meanwhile, are a nod to the Hartford Whalers team that played in the National Hockey League from 1979 to 1997, when the franchise moved to Raleigh, North Carolina and became the Carolina Hurricanes. [6] The logo's font is reminiscent of that formerly used by the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad.


The team has two mascots, a green male goat named Chompers and a blue female goat named Chew Chew. The names were selected as part of a "Name the Mascot" contest. Chew Chew's name is designed to reflect both the railroad meaning of the nickname (as in choo choo train) and the goat logo, which is chewing on a baseball bat. [7]

On April 21, 2016, Hartford Police reported that an individual had tackled Chompers outside the Connecticut Science Center after an event there. The man inside the costume, who was not named, was uninjured. Police are unsure whether it was an intentional assault or a prank that went too far. [8]


Hartford Yard Goats games are heard on AM 1410 WPOP in English and were formerly heard on AM 1120 WPRX in Spanish.

Season records

(Place indicates finish in Eastern Division)

  • 2016: 74-67 (3rd), manager Darin Everson
  • 2017: 62-77 (5th), manager Jerry Weinstein
  • 2018: 65-71 (3rd), manager Warren Schaeffer

Current roster

Hartford Yard Goats roster
Players Coaches/Other




  • 39 Brandon Bednar
  •  6 Scott Burcham Injury icon 2.svg
  • 30 Mylz Jones
  •  8 Ryan Metzler
  • 10 Nelson Molina
  • 15 Brian Mundell
  • 41 Roberto Ramos
  •  1 Brendan Rodgers
  •  7 Bobby Wernes Injury icon 2.svg



  • 13 Warren Schaeffer


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Colorado Rockies 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated June 29, 2018
→ More rosters: MiLB •  Eastern League
Colorado Rockies minor league players


  1. ^ "Courant Community". www.courant.com. Hartford Courant. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Dunkin Donuts Park Architect Back On The Job". www.courant.com. Hartford Courant. Retrieved 4 August 2016.
  3. ^ Spedden, Zach (December 21, 2016). "Dunkin' Donuts Park Aims for April 13 Debut". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Hartford Yard Goats (April 13, 2017). "Cats Walk All Over Yard Goats in Park Opener". MILB.com. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
  5. ^ Doyle, Paul (March 18, 2015). "What's a Yard Goat? It's a baseball team coming to Hartford". Hartford Courant.
  6. ^ Doyle, Paul (July 8, 2015). "Hartford Yard Goats Unveil Logo, Pay Tribute To Whalers With Colors". Hartford Courant.
  7. ^ Polansky, Rob; Dixon, Mark (October 30, 2015). "'Chew Chew' and 'Chompers' unveiled as Yard Goats mascots". WFSB-TV.
  8. ^ "Hartford Police Investigating Incident Involving Yard Goats Mascot". NBC Connecticut. April 21, 2016.

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