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Team: Norfolk Tides
Stadium: Harbor Park
Manager: Gary Kendall
Norfolk Tides TicketsThe Norfolk Tides play baseball in the Triple-A International League. The team spent 38 years as a farm team for Major League Baseball's New York Mets. Currently, the Tides are affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles. The team moved to the Tidewater area of Virginia from Jacksonville, Fla., in 1969. The team won a pennant while playing its first season in Tidewater at Lawerence Stadium in Portsmouth. Not long after, the team began playing at the 6,200-seat Met Stadium built for them in Norfolk. The success for the Norfolk Tides lasted throughout the 1970s and '80s as the team won five Governors Cup Championships. The Tides also won the first-ever Triple-A World Series in 1983. The 2006 season marked the end of the relationship between the Tides and the New York Mets, but it did not take long for the Tides to strike a partnership with the Baltimore Orioles. You can purchase tickets to see the Norfolk Tides at StubHub.
Where can I see the Norfolk Tides play baseball?The Norfolk Tides play its home games at Harbor Park. The park first opened in 1993 and is located not far from the Elizabeth River. Harbor Park consists of 9,000 seats on the lower deck and 2,800 upper-deck seats. The 24 luxury skyboxes at the park provide 400 additional seats. "Hits at the Park" is the 225-seat restaurant that allows fans a full view of the field while they enjoy their food.
What is the Norfolk Tides' schedule?The Norfolk Tides began its 2020 regular season with a four-game home series against the Gwinnett Stripers on April 9. The five-month season for the Tides culminates with a three-game home series against the Durham Bulls on Sept. 7.
Who are some noteworthy Norfolk Tides' players?Mason Williams was one of the most productive members of the Norfolk Tides in 2019. Williams hit for a .308 average in Norfolk and hit 18 balls outside the park. The Tides' centerfielder was also able to draw 46 walks and bring 67 baserunners home. Williams spent some time with the Orioles at the end of the season. Ryan Mountcastle is a top prospect in the Orioles' organization. Mountcastle hit for a .312 average on 520 at-bats for the Tides a year ago. He also showed good power with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs, both career bests for the first baseman. Pitcher Keegan Akin struck out 131 batters a year ago in just 112.1 innings pitched. The 24-year-old totaled six victories, and opponents hit .252 when Akin was on the mound. Tanner Scott was excellent in relief for the Tides in 2019. The seven saves Scott earned led the team, and his 2.93 ERA in 30 appearances was impressive.
Who is the manager for the Norfolk Tides?Gary Kendall was assigned as the new manager of the Norfolk Tides before the start of the 2019 season. Kendall has been a part of the Orioles' organization for two decades now and spent the eight years before becoming the manager of the Tides managing the Double-A Bowie Baysox.
What top major league players once played for the Norfolk Tides?Mets pitching legend Dwight Gooden appeared in Norfolk to play for the Tides on two occasions. His first stint with the team was the most successful. In 1987, Gooden started four games for the Tides to amass a 3-0 record with an ERA of 2.05. Gooden pitched one complete game and logged 22 innings for the Tides. He also struck out 24 batters. Mike Piazza is the second former Tides player to be named to the MLB Hall of Fame. The highlights of his Major League career included invitations to 12 appearances in the Major League All-Star game and 427 home runs. Piazza was a member of the Norfolk Tides in 2003. Hall of Famer Gary Carter spent time with the Norfolk Tides in 1989. Carter played five games with the team and hit one home run with three runs batted in.
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