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Oklahoma RedHawks

The Oklahoma City RedHawks are a minor league baseball team based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. The RedHawks play at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, located in the Bricktown Entertainment District in downtown Oklahoma City.

The team was originally known as the Oklahoma City 89ers from 1962 to 1997 when the team played at All Sports Stadium (now demolished) at the state fairgrounds. The original name made reference to the Land Run of 1889, which led to the founding of Oklahoma City. Following the 1997 season, they became the Oklahoma RedHawks. After the 2008 season, the team once again named itself after its home city. The minor renaming was accompanied by new logos and a new color scheme.[1]

History

Oklahoma City previously had a different minor league team, the Oklahoma City Indians, from 1918 to 1957 (except during World War II).

The current franchise began play in 1962 as the top affiliate of the Houston Colt .45s (later the Houston Astros). In 1973, a three-year connection with the Cleveland Indians was established. A later affiliation with the Philadelphia Phillies lasted from 1976 until 1982.

In 1983, the Texas Rangers became the parent club, a relationship that would continue as the 89ers adopted new colors and uniforms along with the nickname "RedHawks" in 1998 in connection with the move to what is now Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Crowds are consistently large at the park and the RedHawks have been very competitive with the exception of a couple of seasons.

On September 14, 2010, the Texas Rangers ownership announced that they were moving their Triple-A affiliation to the Round Rock Express (formerly the Astros' AAA affiliate).[2] On September 15 the Redhawks were sold to Mandalay Baseball Properties, which also owns or operates five other minor league baseball teams, and is part of the Mandalay Entertainment conglomerate chaired by entertainment industry executive Peter Guber. On September 20, Mandalay entered into a formal agreement for the Redhawks to become the Astros' new AAA affiliate.[3][4]

Notable former players

Roster


Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 30 Héctor Ambriz *
  • 24 Eric Berger
  • 29 Jake Buchanan
  • 33 Kevin Chapman
  •  6 Paul Clemens *
  • 55 Rhiner Cruz *
  • 25 Bobby Doran
  • -- *
  • 17 Philip Humber
  • 16 Wade LeBlanc
  • 16 Wes Musick
  • -- Rudy Owens *
  • 22 Alex Sogard
  • 21 Jason Stoffel
  • 34 Asher Wojciechowski

Catchers

  • 19 Cody Clark
  •  3 Rene Garcia
  • 20 Carlos Perez

Infielders

  •  9 Marwin González *
  •  4 Brandon Laird *
  • 15 Jose Martinez
  • 23 Jonathan Singleton
  • 13 Ruben Sosa
  •  2 Raoul Torrez

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


7-day disabled list
* On Houston Astros 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated August 4, 2013
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Houston Astros minor league players

See also

Baseball portal

References

External links

  • Oklahoma City RedHawks official site
  • Justin Smoak named 2009 International Senior Athlete of the Year. Cassandra Sedgman, Texas Rangers award winners and league leaders#Minor-league system.
Preceded by
San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
Pacific Coast League champions
1963
1965
Succeeded by
San Diego Padres
Seattle Angels
Preceded by
Denver Zephyrs
Louisville Redbirds
American Association champions
1992
1996
Succeeded by
Iowa Cubs
Buffalo Bisons
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