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Akron RubberDucks

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Team History[edit]

The Akron RubberDucks, of the Double-A Eastern League and briefly in Double-A Northeast, started a modern trend of Minor League Baseball teams moving into the shadow, or at least the market, of their parent club. The Cleveland Guardians farmhands play their home games at Canal Park in Akron, OH.

The franchise has been an Indians/Guardians' affiliate since the Vermont Mariners moved to Canton, OH, in 1989 - the seventh longest partnership among teams without common ownership. Of course, the nearby parent could veto any other affiliation. Proximity not only saves travel costs but eases rehabilitation assignments.

In 2014, second-year Aeros owner Ken Babby saluted the local rubber industry by changing his club's nickname to RubberDucks - an option that had failed just five years earlier when fans gave Aeros two-thirds of a five-way vote. Previous Akron ownership had selected Aeros to salute Ohio's historic figures in aviation, from Orville and Wilbur Wright to John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.

The Ducks play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Perros Calientes de Akron (Akron Hot Dogs).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2014 73-69 4th(t) Dave Wallace Lost in 1st Round Rouglas Odor Jeff Harris
2015 73-69 5th(t) Dave Wallace Tony Mansolino Jeff Harris
2016 77-64 3rd Dave Wallace League Champs Tim Laker Tony Arnold
2017 69-71 6th Mark Budzinski Johnny Narron Tony Arnold Omir Santos
2018 78-62 3rd Tony Mansolino Lost League Finals Kevin Howard Rigo Beltran Dennis Malave
2019 61-79 11th Rouglas Odor Justin Toole Tony Arnold Juan De La Cruz
2020 Season cancelled
2021 73-46 1st Rouglas Odor League Champs Junior Betances Owen Dew Michael Mergenthaler
2022 79-59 3rd Rouglas Odor Junior Betances Owen Dew Juan De La Cruz, Michael Mergenthaler
2023 65-73 8th Rouglas Odor Michael Mergenthaler Brad Goldberg Daniel Robertson, Ian Forster
2024 Greg DiCenzo Jordan Becker Cody Buckel Kyle Lindquist, Amanda Kamekona, Michael Poole

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