The Bowling Green Hot Rods are the Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. The franchise started in 2004 in Columbus, Ga., as the Columbus Catfish. They were the Single-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The relationship with the Dodgers only lasted three seasons before the Tampa Bay Rays became the parent organization before the 2007 season. In their first season as an affiliate of the Rays, the team won the South Atlantic League championship. In 2009, the team relocated to Bowling Green, Ky., and took on the name "Hot Rods." The year 2009 was their last in the South Atlantic League. Beginning in 2010, the team transitioned to the Midwest League. Since the move to Bowling Green, the Hot Rods have become a staple in the postseason, having made seven playoff trips in their 11 seasons including a Midwest League championship in 2018. The year 2019 marked the squad's third consecutive trip to the postseason. Get your tickets to see the Bowling Green Hot Rods today at StubHub.
Are there any former Bowling Green Hot Rods players who have gone on to play in Major League Baseball?
Several of the top names that have appeared for the Tampa Bay Rays spent time in Bowling Green on their way to the Big Leagues. Pitchers like Blake Snell, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Hellickson all took the mound for the Hot Rods. Outfielder Wil Myers was also a member of the Hot Rods before he made it to the Majors. Cincinnati Reds infielder Derek Dietrich is also a Bowling Green Hot Rods alumnus.
Where do the Bowling Green Hot Rods play their home games?
Bowling Green Ballpark is home of the Bowling Green Hot Rods. The stadium opened in 2009 to welcome the Hot Rods to town ending a 67-year drought in Bowling Green without professional baseball. In addition to the typical ballpark food options, the stadium also offers some specialties such as the "Bootlegger Burger" which is a beef patty served between two Moon Pies. For families looking for a day at the ballpark, there is a kids’ area down the right field line that includes a carousel, a covered play area, splash-park and a radar pitch machine for some interactive fun. The 5,700-seat stadium installed a 35-by-56-foot high-definition video board before the 2019 seasons, one of the largest in Minor League Baseball.
Are there any important games on the Bowling Green Hot Rods’ schedule this season?
Divisional games certainly mean a lot when determining playoff berths and seedings, so any of the games against the other seven teams in the Eastern Division are definitely important. This season, the Hot Rods are also bringing back an old rivalry when they play an exhibition game against former South Atlantic League rival, the Lexington Legends. The game is already slated to be played in 2020 and 2021. The Hot Rods are also slated to host the Midwest League All-Star game in 2020. You can find out the dates of the big games on the Hot Rods' schedule at StubHub.
Who will be the manager for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2020?
The Tampa Bay Rays have announced the 27-year-old Blake Butera will become the manager for the Bowling Green Hot Rods for the 2020 season. Butera becomes the seventh manager in the history of the franchise and the youngest to ever take the reins of the team. Before his new position in Bowling Green, Coach Butera spent the last two seasons as the manager of the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League. In his two seasons as the Renegades' skipper, he made two playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2018 Championship Series. Butera comes to Bowling Green with a career record of 91-66.
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