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Columbus Clippers

Columbus Clippers
Founded in 1977
Columbus, Ohio
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (1977 - Present)
Minor league affiliations
League International League
Division West Division
Major league affiliations
Current Cleveland Indians (2009 - Present)
Previous
Minor league titles
Class titles (2)
  • 2010
  • 2011
League titles (10)
  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1987
  • 1991
  • 1992
  • 1996
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2015
Division titles (15)
  • 1979
  • 1980
  • 1981
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1992
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1999
  • 2004
  • 2011
  • 2014
  • 2015*
*Co-Champions
Team data
Nickname Columbus Clippers (1977 - Present)
Colors Navy, light blue, gray, white
                   
Ballpark Huntington Park (2009 - Present)
Previous parks
Cooper Stadium (1977 - 2008)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Franklin County, Ohio government
Manager Chris Tremie
General Manager Ken Schnacke
Old logo, retired after 2008 season

The Columbus Clippers are a minor league baseball team based in Columbus, Ohio. The team plays in the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The team is owned by the government of Franklin County, Ohio.

From 1977 to 2008, the Clippers played in Cooper Stadium, which was known as Franklin County Stadium until 1984. The final game at "The Coop" was played on September 1, 2008 in front of a sellout crowd of 16,777. It was the third largest audience in stadium history. In 2009, the Clippers began playing in Huntington Park, located at the corner of Neil Ave. and Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District of Columbus.

The Clippers began play in 1977 as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, changing its affiliation to the New York Yankees in 1979, beginning a 28-year relationship that ended in 2006. An affiliation with the Washington Nationals lasted from 2007 to 2008. A four-year affiliation with the Cleveland Indians was announced on September 18, 2008.[1] In September 2010 that working agreement with the Indians was extended through 2014.[2] The agreement has since been extended through the 2016 season. [3]

Columbus defeated the Tacoma Rainiers 12–6 on September 21, 2010, to win the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game.

On September 16, 2011, the team won back-to-back Governors' Cup championships for the first time since 1992 by defeating the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3 games to 1 in the best-of-five series.[4]

On September 20, 2011 the Clippers defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers in the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game to win their second consecutive AAA baseball title.[5]

In 2012, Forbes ranked the Clippers as the 4th most valuable franchise in Minor League Baseball.[6]

Contents

  • Championships 1
  • Current roster 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • Broadcast alumni 4
  • Before the Clippers 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Championships

The Clippers have won the Governors' Cup, the International League championship, 10 times, and played in the championship series 13 times.

Current roster

Notable alumni

The Columbus Clippers in action at their former home, Cooper Stadium.

Broadcast alumni

Columbus has been the former home of many current MLB broadcasters. Below is Clippers broadcast alumni and the MLB teams they were with after they left Columbus and in parentheses are the years that the broadcaster broadcast games for the team.

Before the Clippers

Except for six seasons (1971 - 76), Columbus has been represented in the highest levels of minor league baseball since 1902, at first in the American Association (1902 - 54) by the Columbus Senators and Columbus Red Birds, and since then in the International League. The first IL team in Ohio's capital, the Columbus Jets, was the transplanted Ottawa Athletics which moved to Columbus in 1955. While playing for its first two seasons as the top farm club of the Kansas City Athletics, the Jets spent the next 14 years as a top affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates (whose owner, John Galbreath, hailed from Columbus). The franchise moved to Charleston, West Virginia, as the Charleston Charlies in 1971.

See also

References

  1. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (September 18, 2008). "Indians' Triple-A affiliate now Columbus".  
  2. ^ "Indians, Clippers extend agreement through 2014". USA Today. September 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tribe-Columbus Clippers extend contract through 2016". Cleveland.com. September 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Clippers 4, IronPigs 1: Back-to-back championships".  
  5. ^ Massie, Jim (2011-09-21). "Clippers are Triple-A champs with 8-3 win over Omaha".  
  6. ^ "How Billionaires Like Warren Buffett Profit From Minor League Baseball Ownership " Forbes. Retrieved on 6 June 2012.

External links

  • Columbus Clippers website
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