Hartford Yard Goats

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Team History[edit]

The Hartford Yard Goats were created in 2016, when the New Britain Rock Cats moved to Hartford, CT, a city that had not hosted a professional baseball team since 1952. A brand-new, 6,000-seat ballpark was to be built for the occasion, although cost overruns and construction delays meant that the team was planning to play the first month of its initial season on the road while waiting for its new home to be ready. Its home opener was scheduled for May 12, 2016, almost five weeks after its first scheduled game. However, that target was not met, as further delays in construction forced the team to postpone its home opener a number of times, until on July 22nd, it threw in the towel and announced that it would not move into its new ballpark until the following season. In the meantime, it was continuing to play all of its games on the road. On July 31st, the team put the city of Hartford under notice that if the stadium was not completed within six months, they would find another home city.

Dunkin' Donuts Park finally opened in 2017. In 2019, the Yard Goats announced that it would become the first peanut-free (and Cracker Jack-free) facility in organized baseball or in the sports world as a whole, due to allergy concerns; other parks already had special sections were these snacks are banned.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Coach
2016 74-67 6th Darin Everson Jeff Salazar Dave Burba
2017 62-77 10th Jerry Weinstein Tim Doherty Dave Burba
2018 65-72 7th Warren Schaeffer Lee Stevens Mark Brewer
2019 73-66 6th Warren Schaeffer Lee Stevens Steve Merriman
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Chris Denorfia Tom Sutaris Frank Gonzales Cesar Galvez

Further Reading[edit]

  • Josh Norris: "Eastern League moves Hartford's home games for duration of 2016", Baseball America, July 22, 2016. [1]

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