Midland RockHounds

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Team History[edit]

The Midland RockHounds, of the Texas League and briefly in Double-A Central, are the last affiliated team to win four straight league championships, 2014 through 2017. The Oakland Athletics farmhands play their home games at Momentum Bank Ballpark, which has been known by a variety of names over its existence.

The four-peat started as ordinarily as a championship can in 2014 but ended anything but in 2017 - when the club had a losing record, slipped into the playoffs by winning a wild-card playoff berth on the last day of the regular season, overcame a 2-1 deficit to win the best-of-five semi-final and then overcame a 2-0 deficit to win the best-of-five championship series.

Midland has raised future A's longer than future "anything elses". One of them made history in the 2006 American League Championship Series: Mark Kiger made the first modern big-league debut in post-season play and became the only man whose entire MLB career, incredibly, did not include a single regular-season game. The A's, short of middle infielders due to free agency and injuries, lost their second baseman to another injury during the Division Series. They called up fifth-round draft pick Kiger, who played mostly with Midland from 2004 through 2006. Kiger played an inning at second base in the ALCS, recording a put-out but not getting to bat. Released the following November, he retired after three more seasons in the New York Mets' and Seattle Mariners' farm systems.

From 1985 through 1998, the club was known as the Midland Angels, and previously the Midland Cubs - both derived from their parent clubs. After only seven winning seasons in 28 years as the Cubs and Angels, the RockHounds had nine winning campaigns in their first 12 years with the A's. Before their streak of four straight crowns, they won the league championship in 2005 and 2009.

In late 2022, RockHounds' ownership sold the club to Diamond Baseball Holdings, the entity created by entertainment giant Endeavor Group Holdings but later sold to Silver Lake Partners. It was the third such announcement in two days, with DBH already owning 10 minor league teams.

The RockHounds play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Matamoscas de Midessa (Midessa [contraction of Midland and Odessa] Fly Swatters).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1999 74-66 2nd (t) Tony DeFrancesco Webster Garrison Glenn Abbott
2000 70-69 4th Tony DeFrancesco Webster Garrison Curt Young
2001 71-69 4th Tony DeFrancesco Dave Joppie Curt Young
2002 75-64 3rd Tony DeFrancesco Dave Joppie Curt Young
2003 69-70 6th Greg Sparks Dave Joppie Craig Lefferts
2004 72-68 4th Webster Garrison Brian McArn Jim Coffman
2005 78-62 1st Von Hayes League Champs Webster Garrison Jim Coffman
2006 78-61 1st Von Hayes Lost in 1st round Webster Garrison Jim Coffman
2007 67-70 5th Todd Steverson Webster Garrison Scott Emerson
2008 75-65 3rd (t) Webster Garrison Casey Myers Scott Emerson
2009 78-62 1st Darren Bush League Champs Webster Garrison Scott Emerson
2010 70-70 4th Darren Bush Lost League Finals Webster Garrison Scott Emerson
2011 63-77 6th Steve Scarsone Tim Garland Don Schulze
2012 64-74 5th Steve Scarsone Tim Garland Don Schulze
2013 62-78 7th Aaron Nieckula Brian McArn Don Schulze
2014 77-63 2nd Aaron Nieckula League Champs Webster Garrison Don Schulze
2015 83-57 2nd Ryan Christenson League Champs Eric Martins John Wasdin
2016 78-62 2nd Ryan Christenson League Champs Brian McArn John Wasdin
2017 67-71 4th (t) Fran Riordan League Champs Brian McArn Don Schulze
2018 68-71 6th Scott Steinmann Tommy Everidge Steve Connelly
2019 73-66 3rd Scott Steinmann Lost in 1st round Tommy Everidge Steve Connelly Bobby Crosby
2020 Season cancelled
2021 59-60 6th Bobby Crosby Kevin Kouzmanoff Steve Connelly Juan Dilone
2022 66-71 8th Bobby Crosby Juan Dilone Chris Smith Todd Takayoshi
2023 Bobby Crosby Javier Godard Chris Smith Juan Dilone

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