Kannapolis Cannon Ballers

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Team History[edit]

The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, of the Single-A Carolina League, briefly in Low-A East, and formerly of the Class A South Atlantic League, announced new branding to go with their new stadium October 23, 2019. The Chicago White Sox farmhands play their home games at Atrium Health Ballpark.

Originally known in Kannapolis as the Piedmont Phillies (1995) and then Piedmont Boll Weevils (1996-2000), the club took Dale "The Intimidator" Earnhardt's nickname as its own when the NASCAR legend bought into its ownership in late 1999. The Kannapolis native never saw a game as co-owner before dying in a crash late in the 2000 Daytona 500.

The club changed hands again in 2018. The team's third ownership group since 1999 said using its late co-owner's nickname was problematic because his widow has it trademarked. It was viable while Teresa Earnhardt remained in the ownership but afterward created a permissions process for anything the team wanted to do.

The change was not without controversy, but the move to the new ballpark put the club within just a few hundred feet of Dale Earnhardt Boulevard.

In January 2020, ownership unveiled a mascot named (of course) Boomer. Staff tell arriving fans to "have a blast" - a phrase that even has signage - and say "hope you had a blast" as they leave.

The city having been named for the Cannon family, who founded it as a company town for its Cannon Mills Company, why is it spelled with a K? To differentiate it from older but nearby Concord.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2020 Season cancelled
2021 40-79 12th Guillermo Quiroz Charlie Romero John Ely Pat Leyland
2022 58-74 9th Guillermo Quiroz Cameron Seitzer John Ely
2023 67-64 4th (t) Pat Leyland Charlie Romero Blake Hickman Juan Maldonado
2024 Pat Leyland Charlie Romero Blake Hickman Daniel Millwee, Donovan Clark

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