The team known today as the Gwinnett Stripers has been the Triple-A affiliate for the Atlanta Braves since 1966. The team, originally called the Braves, was located in Richmond, Va., from 1966 until the relocation at the beginning of the 2009 season. The team made it to the league championship in their first season in Richmond but struggled to maintain any success until the mid-70s. Starting in 1976, the Richmond Braves went on an impressive run where they made the playoffs each season through 1983 including their first league championship in 1978. The Richmond Braves proceeded to win four more International League titles before their transition to Gwinnett. It took some time for the Braves to return to prominence after their move to Georgia and the team didn't make it back to the championship series until 2016. The announcement that the team would be rebranded came before the 2018 season, making the Triple-A affiliate the first Braves minor league team to be known as something other than the Braves. The team name was changed to the Stripers as a nod to local anglers. You can get your Gwinnett Stripers tickets at StubHub.
Who is the manager for the Gwinnett Stripers?
The 2019 International League Manager of the Year, Damon Berryhill is returning as the manager for the Stripers in 2020. In 2019, Berryhill led the Stripers to a record of 80-59, the second-best win/loss record in the International League. Before stepping into the world of coaching, Berryhill enjoyed a lengthy 10-year playing career, including being named the 1988 National League Rookie of the Year. Berryhill's managerial career began in 2008 in the Texas Rangers' organization before he became the manager of the Ogden Raptors. He led the Raptors to the Pioneer League Championship three straight seasons between 2010 and 2012. He continued to work his way through the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system before becoming the Stripers manager for the 2017 season.
Where do the Gwinnett Stripers play their home games?
Coolray Field has been the home of the Stripers since they relocated to Gwinnett for the 2009 season. Coolray Field has the distinction of being the second closest minor league affiliate to the team's Major League field, as the team plays only 35 minutes from the Braves stadium. The stadium experience provides fans a glance to the future while still paying tribute to the storied history of the Atlanta Braves. Braves legend Phil Niekro owns a pub inside the 10,475-seat stadium, and the team shop was renamed as "Bobby's Bait" to pay tribute to Braves Hall of Fame manager, Bobby Cox.
Are there any former Gwinnett Stripers in Major League Baseball?
Since 2009, there have been 94 players who played at Gwinnett go on to make their Major League debut. Present-day Braves Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies all played their Double-A ball for the Stripers. Other big names that have moved on to other Major League franchises include Craig Kimbrell, Jason Heyward, Mallex Smith and Juan Abreu. All played for Gwinnett on their way to Major League stardom.
What are some big games this season for the Gwinnett Stripers?
While the Stripers have developed a pretty intense division rivalry with the Durham Bulls, the team's primary rival is the Norfolk Tides. This rivalry goes back more than 15 seasons when both teams were based in Virginia. The rivalry was especially heated between 1994 and 2006 when the Tides were the affiliate for the Braves' most hated rival, the New York Mets.
Where can I buy Gwinnett Stripers tickets?
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