Kannapolis Cannon Ballers

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Team History[edit]

The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, formerly of the South Atlantic League and now in Low-A East, announced new branding to go with their new stadium October 23, 2019. They play their home games at Atrium Health Ballpark. They were previously known as the Kannapolis Intimidators.

The long-time Chicago White Sox' affiliate's 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 nearby Concord.

The former Intimidators' third ownership group this short century said using late co-owner Dale "The Intimidator" Earnhardt's nickname was problematic because his widow has it trademarked. The Kannapolis boulevard named for the NASCAR legend is just a block from home plate.

In January 2020, ownership unveiled a mascot named (of course) Boomer. Staff wish arriving fans "a blast" and say "hope you had a blast" as they leave.

The franchise moved from Spartanburg, SC, in 1995. Taking the regional locale name Piedmont, they kept their Spartanburg nickname - Phillies - for one Kannapolis season. They then became the Piedmont Boll Weevils, a brand they retained until Earnhardt - a Kannapolis native - bought into the club during the 1999-2000 off-season.

The Cannon Ballers play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Rápidos de Kannapolis (Kannapolis Rapids or Speedsters).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Guillermo Quiroz Charlie Romero John Ely Pat Leyland

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