Richmond, Va. had been home to a Minor League baseball team since 1965. That was, until 2008 when the Richmond Braves announced that they would be moving to Gwinnett. Fortunately, the city's time without a team would be short-lived, as it was announced that the Connecticut Defenders would be relocating to Richmond for the 2010 season. The team known today as the Richmond Flying Squirrels was originally created in 1972 as the West Haven Yankees. The team's first manager was Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox. By 1980, the West Haven team was an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The team won five championships during their stay in West Haven, Conn. In 1983, the Athletics moved the team to Albany, N.Y before the Yankees would become the parent organization once again. Legends such as Bernie Williams and multi-sport star Deion Sanders played for the Albany Yankees during the late '80s and early '90s. The Yankees returned the team to Conn. in 1995 before dropping the team in 2002. The San Francisco Giants took over as the parent organization that year and moved the team to Richmond in 2010. Grab Richmond Flying Squirrels tickets at StubHub.
Who is the manager of the Richmond Flying Squirrels?
Jose Alguacil is returning this season to serve as the manager of the Flying Squirrels. Alguacil previously held the same position in 2015 and put up a record of 72-68, the last time that Richmond posted a winning record. Coach Alguacil will seek to turn things around for the Flying Squirrels, who put up a league-worst record of 55-84 last season. Alguacil has been a part of the San Francisco Giants organization for quite some time. He signed with the team in 1993 and played nine seasons with the Giants and White Sox. Following his playing career, Coach Alguacil served as a manager for the Vermont Expos and stayed with the franchise as they transitioned to becoming the Washington Nationals. Following his successful year in Richmond, Alguacil was named manager for the Giants' Triple-A affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats. Coach Alguacil spent the last three seasons as the first base coach for the Giants Major League team.
Do the Richmond Flying Squirrels have any rivals?
The Flying Squirrels have a Western Division rivalry with the Bowie Baysox. The two teams are very close geographically in addition to battling for division supremacy. The Baysox are the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
Where do the Richmond Flying Squirrels play their home games?
The Flying Squirrels play their home games at a ballpark aptly known as "The Diamond." The Flying Squirrels share the park with the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams. The stadium is one of the older parks in Minor League Baseball, as it was built in 1985. In fact, it was simply built around the playing field, which dated back to 1954. The stadium name "The Diamond" was submitted through a fan submission contest in 1984. The Diamond boasts a seating capacity of 9,560.
What Richmond Flying Squirrels players have gone on to Major League Baseball?
Over the last three seasons alone, 22 players who played in Richmond have appeared in Big League games. The 2019 season alone saw six pitchers who are Flying Squirrels alumni play in a Major League game, all of them for the San Francisco Giants. Shaun Anderson, Sam Coonrod, Conner Menez, Sam Selman, Logan Webb and Tyler Rogers all played for the Major League club in 2019.
Where can I buy Richmond Flying Squirrels tickets?
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