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League: Eastern League
Location: Hartford, Conn.
Venue: Dunkin’ Donuts Park
Notable Players: Brendan Rodgers, Matt Pierpont, Ben Bowden, Rico Garcia, Alan Trejo, Yonathan Daza and Garrett Hampson
Hartford Yard Goats TicketsThe Hartford Yard Goats is a Double-A minor league baseball affiliate that acquired its unique name from the slang term for a railroad switcher. As the winning entry in a contest, the name recalls the city’s rich history with the railroad. Long before it settled in Hartford, however, the franchise was founded by the Boston Red Sox as a minor league affiliate. Originally named after the Red Sox, the franchise moved from Bristol to New Britain in 1983 and played at the relatively modest Beehive Field. After Minnesota became the new affiliate in 1995, the team changed its name to the Rock Cats and adopted an entirely new persona. In its best-ever season, the Rock Cats made the 2001 championship series against the Reading Phillies, but the games were canceled in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and both teams were declared co-champions. A change of ownership in 2012 ushered in a new era for the team, which then relocated to Hartford a mere 12 miles away in 2016. Fans of the team can catch a game by purchasing Hartford Yard Goats tickets at StubHub.
Who is Hartford’s MLB affiliate?Hartford is currently affiliated with the Colorado Rockies of the National League West Division. As an affiliate partner, Colorado is free to recall players from or send them to the Yard Goats, which serves as a sort of development or farm system for the top baseball prospects of its MLB franchise.
What was the Hartford Yard Goats' record last season?During the 2019 regular season, Hartford had a winning record of 73-66, third in the Eastern Division. The team did not make the postseason, but it did have several standout performances. Bret Boswell, Vince Fernandez and Alan Trejo tied for the team lead in home runs with 15 apiece. Starting pitcher Rico Garcia had an 8-2 record with a 1.85 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Brandon Gold had the most wins with a 12-6 record.
What is the Hartford Yard Goats' schedule?Hartford’s 2020 campaign begins with a long home stand against Portland and Harrisburg between April 9 and 15. This is followed by another important home stand against Richmond and New Hampshire on April 23 to 29. In the month of May, Hartford hosts Portland and Eerie, followed by a home stretch against Bowie and New Hampshire between May 26 and 31. The month of June brings important matchups against Akron, Altoona, Reading and Trenton. In July, Hartford has another home stretch against Bowie and Binghamton between the 20th and 26th. The regular season ends with a home stretch against Richmond and Binghamton between Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, followed by a road series against Harrisburg between Sept. 4 and 7.
Who is the Hartford Yard Goats' manager?Baseball veteran Chris Denorfia is the manager of the Hartford Yard Goats. He had previously spent a decade as an outfielder in the MLB with Cincinnati, Oakland, San Diego, Seattle and the Chicago Cubs. He then joined the Cubs as the Quality Assurance Coach on Joe Maddon’s staff. Hartford named him the manager on January 7, 2020. It is his first time in the role.
What is the Hartford Yard Goats' venue like?Dunkin’ Donuts Park has a total capacity of approximately 8,000, including 6,121 fixed seats. With its Kentucky bluegrass surface, the park features dimensions of 325 feet to left field, 400 feet to center and 308 feet to right field. After a year-long delay, during which Hartford played entirely away from home, the park opened on April 13, 2017 with a 7-2 loss to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. It is located next to the Hartford rail yards.
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