Montgomery Biscuits

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Team History[edit]

The Montgomery Biscuits, of the Southern League and briefly in Double-A South, brought professional baseball back to a city that had it most of the modern era through 1980 - but usually under the name "Montgomery Rebels". The Tampa Bay Rays farmhands play their home games at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery, AL.

The current franchise's "Biscuits" now lands high on lists of best minor league nicknames. The winning entry in a "Name the Team" contest was more about the South than about Montgomery: Said a then co-owner, "Biscuits - how much more Southern can you get?"

The Orlando Rays moved to Montgomery after the 2003 season. The Biscuits captured back-to-back league titles in 2006 and 2007.


In their inaugural season, the Biscuits posted the worst record in the Southern League and finished in fifth place in the West Division in both halves of the season. Despite their poor performance, several players were called up the the majors, including Joey Gathright (who .341 in 32 games with Montgomery), B.J. Upton (who hit .327 in 29 games), and Scott Kazmir (who went 1-2 with a 1.44 ERA in 4 starts). Other notable performances included Jason Cromer, who went 9-11 with a 4.15 ERA, and Chris Seddon, who went 9-10 with a 4.39 ERA. The team was also a huge success at the gate, drawing 322,946 fans.


In 2005, the Biscuits improved to 67-70. The club was led by Delmon Young, who hit .336 with 20 homers and 71 RBIs while being named Southern League MVP, and Jason Hammel, who was 8-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 12 starts. Third baseman Rico Washington hit .300 with 19 home runs and 77 RBIs and was named a league All-Star along with Young.


The next year, the Biscuits posted a 36-33 record in the first half before winning the South Division title with a 41-29 mark in the season's second half. They swept the Jacksonville Suns in the playoffs before defeating the Huntsville Stars 3 games to 1 to capture the league championship. Second baseman Elliot Johnson led the offense, hitting .281 with 10 triples, 15 homers, 50 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. On the mound, Andy Sonnanstine won 15 games, struck out 153, posted a 2.57 ERA, and made the circuit's All-Star team, while closer Juan Salas saved 14 games and did not allow an earned run in 23 appearances before being promoted to the AAA Durham Bulls.


In 2007, the Biscuits captured a second consecutive Southern League title. They went .500 in the season's first half and finished in fourth place in the South Division but went 46-24 after that to grab the second half crown. After defeating the Mississippi Braves in the first round of the playoffs, they again beat Huntsville to take the league championship. Third baseman Evan Longoria hit .307 with 21 home runs and was named the circuit's MVP, and Chris Mason was named the Most Outstanding Pitcher after going 15-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 28 starts. They were joined as All-Stars by reliever Dale Thayer, who led the league with 21 saves, and catcher John Jaso, who hit .316 with twelve homers.


The Biscuits slipped just below .500 in 2008, going 69-70 and finishing second in the Southern Division in the first half and third in the second half. Third baseman Chris Nowak hit .290 with 35 doubles to lead the team's hitters, and first baseman/outfielder Gabriel Martinez hit 20 home runs. On the mound, Wade Davis went 9-6 and struck out 81, and David Price went 7-0 in 9 starts before being promoted to AAA.


In 2009, the Biscuits posted their worst record since their inaugural season and finished fourth in the Southern Division in both halves of the season. Outfielder Desmond Jennings led the team with a .316 average, 69 runs scored, and 37 stolen bases, while first baseman Rhyne Hughes paced the club with 15 home runs. On the mound, starter Heath Rollins posted a 3.83 ERA, Aneury Rodriguez struck out 111, and closer Calvin Medlock recorded 13 saves.


The Biscuits improved to over .500 in 2010 but missed the playoffs for the third straight year after finishing second in the first half and third in the second half. The club finished last in the Southern League with a .248 average, and John Matulia paced the offense with a .269 mark. The pitching staff was much stronger, with Alex Cobb going 7-5 with a 2.71 ERA and 128 strikeouts and Alex Torres posting a 11-6 record, a 3.47 ERA, and 150 strikeouts. Closer Matt Gorgen tied for the circuit lead with 22 saves and posted a 1.65 ERA.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2004 57-83 10th Charlie Montoyo Skeeter Barnes Dick Bosman
2005 67-70 5th Charlie Montoyo Max Oliveras, Hector Torres Xavier Hernandez
2006 77-62 3rd Charlie Montoyo League Champs Max Oliveras Xavier Hernandez
2007 81-59 1st Billy Gardner Jr. League Champs Hector Torres Neil Allen
2008 69-70 6th Billy Gardner Jr. Ben Oglivie Neil Allen
2009 65-74 6th (t) Billy Gardner Jr. Ozzie Timmons Neil Allen
2010 72-66 5th Billy Gardner Jr. Ozzie Timmons Bill Moloney
2011 65-74 7th Billy Gardner Jr. Ozzie Timmons Bill Moloney
2012 74-63 2nd Billy Gardner Jr. Lost in 1st round Ozzie Timmons R.C. Lichtenstein
2013 71-69 6th Billy Gardner Jr. Ozzie Timmons R.C. Lichtenstein
2014 66-74 5th Brady Williams Ozzie Timmons R.C. Lichtenstein
2015 77-61 2nd Brady Williams Lost in 1st round Ozzie Timmons R.C. Lichtenstein
2016 76-64 3rd Brady Williams Lost in 1st round Dan DeMent R.C. Lichtenstein
2017 76-64 2nd Brady Williams Lost in 1st round Dan DeMent R.C. Lichtenstein Gary Redus
2018 79-61 2nd Brady Williams Lost in 1st round R.C. Lichtenstein Gary Redus Jamie Nelson
2019 88-50 1st Morgan Ensberg Lost in 1st round Jamie Nelson R.C. Lichtenstein Gary Redus
2020 Season cancelled
2021 62-55 2nd Morgan Ensberg Lost League finals Jamie Nelson Steve Watson Gary Redus
2022 Morgan Ensberg Wuarnner Rincones Jim Paduch Sean Smedley

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