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New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Founded in 1994 in New Haven, Connecticut
Based in Manchester, New Hampshire since 2004
NewHampshireFisherCats.PNG NewHampshireFisherCatscap.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentDouble-A
Minor league affiliations
League Eastern League
DivisionEastern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Toronto Blue Jays (2003–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 2000
  • 2004
  • 2011
  • 2018
Division titles (3)
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2011
Team data
Nickname
  • New Hampshire Fisher Cats (2004–present)
  • New Haven Ravens (1994–2003)
ColorsNavy, red, gray, white
                   
Ballpark Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (2005-present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Art Solomon
ManagerJohn Schneider
General ManagerJim Flavin

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are a Minor League Baseball team based in Manchester, New Hampshire. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays major league club.

During the team's first season in Manchester, the Fisher Cats played at Gill Stadium, a historic ballpark in a residential neighborhood. Starting with the 2005 season, the Fisher Cats have played at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium (originally known as Fisher Cats Ballpark then later Merchantsauto.com Stadium), which is located in Manchester and has a capacity of 6,500. [1]

The Fisher Cats won the Eastern League championship in 2004, their first season in New Hampshire after moving the franchise from New Haven, Connecticut. They won their second Eastern League championship in 2011, their first season wearing their current red, white, and blue team color scheme. In 2018 the team won the championship again, this time for the first time at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

Team history

Northeast Delta Dental Stadium during the 2008 Eastern League All Star Game

New Haven, Connecticut, along with Portland, Maine, was granted an expansion Double-A franchise on October 3, 1992. The new ballclub was named the New Haven Ravens in January 1993, the result of a contest sponsored by the New Haven Register, WELI and WTNH. [2] The Ravens began play in the 1994 season affiliated with the Colorado Rockies. The team hosted the 1998 Double-A All-Star Game, was league runner-up in 1995 and 2003, and won the Eastern League Championship in 2000 with an 82-60 record, defeating the Reading Phillies 3 games to 1 in the championship series. The Ravens played in Yale Field.[ citation needed]

The team was sold on January 27, 2003 to Lowell Spinners owner Drew Weber, with the intention of moving the franchise to Manchester, New Hampshire. [3] The Eastern League baseball team owners voted to approve the move during the league playoffs later that same year on September 3. [4] The team's first season in Manchester was 2004. The first season was played at Gill Stadium southeast of the downtown area while the current ballpark, Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, was under construction.[ citation needed]

Travis Snider while playing for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats

On July 19, 2005, Drew Weber sold his controlling interest in the team. Art Solomon became the new controlling owner with 60% ownership while Weber retained a 40% ownership share. On July 12, 2008, Solomon purchased full ownership of the Fisher Cats from Weber.[ citation needed]

Gary Cathcart was named the team's new manager on November 28, 2007; Cathcart had served as the Fisher Cats' hitting coach during 2005 and 2006, and had most recently managed the single-A Lansing Lugnuts.[ citation needed]

On July 16, 2008, the team hosted the 2008 Eastern League All-Star Game and Home Run Derby between the Northern Division and Southern Division. Travis Snider of the Fisher Cats won the Home Run Derby over Luis Montanez of the Bowie Baysox 7-6. In the All-Star Game itself, the Northern Division defeated the Southern Division 5-3 before a Northeast Delta Dental Stadium record crowd of 8,762.[ citation needed]

Origin of current team name

View on field

On November 6, 2003, the new management unveiled the New Hampshire Primaries name and logo, which featured an elephant and a donkey holding baseball bats, and was to be used starting in the 2004 season. The management stated that they felt it reflected a unique aspect of the state, since the New Hampshire primary, held every four years, signifies the start of the Presidential election process. Immediately, the name and logo were widely criticized. An online petition was created by two local baseball fans asking the team ownership to reconsider their decision and was covered by local newspapers, radio, and television stations. This coverage was led by a front-page article in the New Hampshire Union Leader, New Hampshire's largest newspaper, on Sunday November 9, 2003. By the afternoon of November 10, over 1200 unique visitors had signed the petition. Later in the day, the team announced that they would not use the Primaries name after all and that they would seek public opinion on a new name.[ citation needed]

On November 13, 2003, the team announced the "Name the Team" contest which had three phases over the following weeks. During the first phase, fans submitted suggestions. During the second phase, fans ranked their top five favorite names from the suggestions. For the final phase, fans voted for their single favorite among the top five names from the second round. On December 3, the final voting results were announced: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (1,574 votes - 24.5%), Manchester Millers (1,552 votes - 24.1%), Granite State Mountain Men (1,382 votes - 21.5%), New Hampshire Granite (1,302 votes - 20.2%), and New Hampshire Primaries (627 votes - 9.7%). The ultimate source of the name is the fisher, often called a fisher cat in New Hampshire. On January 22, 2004, the team unveiled the new set of logos that would be used for the name New Hampshire Fisher Cats. All of the team's logos and fonts were created and designed by Studio Simon of Louisville, Kentucky. Team colors were green, black, silver, and bronze.[ citation needed]

On August 25, 2007, the Fisher Cats held a " turn back the clock" promotion and played as the New Hampshire Primaries against the Portland Sea Dogs. The Primaries wore specially-designed game worn jerseys for the game. [5] This event would be repeated on July 4, 2008, for a game against the Trenton Thunder. [6]

On November 28, 2007, the team unveiled a new logo, uniforms, and team colors that were designed by Rickabaugh Graphics of Gahanna, Ohio. The official colors were emerald green, black, white, and silver.

On November 16, 2010, the team colors were changed to red, white and blue, with no other major changes to the logo and uniforms. [7]

On May 21, 2012, three Fisher Cats pitchers combined to throw the third no-hitter in franchise history, stifling the Portland Sea Dogs in a 6–0 victory at New Hampshire. Combining on the gem for the team were Brett Cecil (5⅔ innings), Danny Farquhar (2⅓), and Ronald Uviedo (1). It was the first no-hitter for New Hampshire since Kyle Drabek hurled a complete-game, nine-inning ho-hitter against the New Britain Rock Cats on July 4, 2010. [8]

Season-by-season

These statistics are current through the 2018 season. [9]

League champions Finals appearance * Division winner ^ Wild card berth ¤
Season League Division Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Post-season Manager
New Haven Ravens
1994 EL North 2nd ¤ 77 63 .550 4.5 Lost semifinals ( Binghamton) 0–3 Paul Zuvella
1995 EL North 2nd ¤ 79 63 .556 7 Won semifinals ( Portland) 3–1
Lost finals ( Reading) 2–3 *
1996 EL North 4th 66 75 .468 17 Bill Hayes
1997 EL North 5th 64 78 .451 15
1998 EL North 5th 59 83 .415 24 Tim Blackwell
1999 EL North 4th 65 77 .458 27 Dan Rohn
2000 EL North 2nd ¤ 82 60 .577 1 Won semifinals ( Binghamton) 3–1
Won finals ( Reading) 3–1 †
2001 EL North 6th 47 95 .331 40 Danny Sheaffer
2002 EL North 2nd ¤ 74 65 .532 1.5 Lost semifinals ( Norwich) 0–3 Mark DeJohn
2003 EL North 1st ^ 79 63 .556 Won semifinals ( New Britain) 3–2
Lost finals ( Akron) 0–3 *
Marty Pevey
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
2004 EL North 1st ^ 84 57 .596 Won semifinals ( Binghamton) 3–1
Won finals ( Altoona) 3–0 †
Mike Basso
2005 EL North 5th 68 74 .479 8
2006 EL North 4th 68 73 .482 11.5 Doug Davis
2007 EL North 3rd 70 73 .490 13.5 Bill Masse
2008 EL North 6th 61 81 .430 26 Gary Cathcart
2009 EL North 5th 64 78 .451 19
2010 EL East 2nd ¤ 79 62 .560 3.5 Lost semifinals ( Trenton) 0–3 Luis Rivera
2011 EL East 1st ^ 77 65 .542 Won semifinals ( Reading) 3–1
Won finals ( Richmond) 3–1 †
Sal Fasano
2012 EL East 6th 61 81 .430 18
2013 EL East 3rd 68 72 .486 17.5 Gary Allenson
2014 EL East 5th 66 76 .465 22 Bobby Meacham
2015 EL East 5th 69 71 .493 10.5
2016 EL East 4th 69 73 .486 20.5
2017 EL East 4th 59 80 .424 32.5 Gary Allenson
2018 EL East 2nd ¤ 76 62 .551 2 Won semifinals ( Trenton) 3–0
Won finals ( Akron) 3–0 †
John Schneider
Statistic Wins Losses Win %
Regular season record (1994–2018) 1,731 1,800 .490
Postseason record (1994–2018) 32 23 .582
All-time regular and postseason record 1,763 1,823 .492

Roster

New Hampshire Fisher Cats roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

  • 14 John Schneider

Coaches

  •  2 Andy Fermin (position)
  • 26 Vince Horsman (pitching)
  • 32 Hunter Mense (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Toronto Blue Jays 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 5, 2018
Transactions
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Toronto Blue Jays minor league players


See also

References

  1. ^ "Northeast Delta Dental Stadium". MiLB.com. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  2. ^ Franchise history from the New Haven Ravens 2001 Souvenir Program (Second Edition).
  3. ^ "Manchester to get Double-A baseball," The Associated Press, Tuesday, January 28, 2003.
  4. ^ Anderson, Woody. "EL Approves Move," Hartford Courant, Thursday, September 4, 2003.
  5. ^ "New Hampshire Primary Date Set" (Press release). New Hampshire Fisher Cats. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  6. ^ "PRIMARIES RETURN TO MERCHANTSAUTO.COM STADIUM ON JULY 4TH" (PDF) (Press release). New Hampshire Fisher Cats. 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  7. ^ MiBL.com – News article
  8. ^ MiBL.com – New Hampshire trio no-hits Portland
  9. ^ 2018 Eastern League Media Guide and Record Book (PDF). Eastern League. 2018. pp. 111–117. Retrieved September 15, 2018.

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