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Bowling Green Hot Rods

The Bowling Green Hot Rods are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays. They are located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and play their home games at Bowling Green Ballpark which opened in 2009. The team is named for the city's connections to the automotive and racing industries such as the National Corvette Museum, Holley Carburetor, Beech Bend Raceway, and the Bowling Green Assembly Plant.

Bowling Green Hot Rods
Founded in 2009
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Team logoCap insignia
CurrentClass A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueMidwest League (2010–present)
DivisionEastern Division
Previous leagues
South Atlantic League (2009)
Major league affiliations
CurrentTampa Bay Rays (2009–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)2018
Division titles (2)
  • 2007
  • 2018
First half titles (2)
  • 2011
  • 2018
Team data
  • Bowling Green Hot Rods (2009–present)
Previous names
Columbus Catfish (2003-2008)
BallparkBowling Green Ballpark (2009–present)
Jack Blackstock
ManagerReinaldo Ruiz
General ManagerEric C. Leach
Axle and Roscoe, the Hot Rods' mascots


The Hot Rods began life as the Wilmington Waves, one of two South Atlantic League expansion teams for the 2001 season. However, the Waves' stay at Brooks Field in Wilmington, North Carolina, lasted but a single season. They became the South Georgia Waves when the team was moved to the Paul Eames Sports Complex in Albany, Georgia, for the 2002 season. The team retained the moniker name when it again moved to Golden Park in Columbus, Georgia, just before the 2003 campaign. One year later, in 2004, the franchise changed names and became the Columbus Catfish.

In April 2008, ownership moved the team to Bowling Green effective for the 2009 season under the new nickname "Hot Rods." Their first manager as the Hot Rods was Matt Quatraro.[1]

In 2010, the Hot Rods and the Lake County Captains moved from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League,[2] a plan meant to alleviate travel expenses associated with routine road trips as well as player movement within the teams' respective organizations.

In December 2013, Art Solomon, owner of the Hot Rods for five years, sold the team to Manhattan Capital Sports headed by Stuart Katzoff.[3]

The Hot Rods have been widely recognized for their promotional efforts. In 2009, the team's "What Could've Been Night" was named Promotion of the Year by[4] In 2010, Hot Rods Assistant General Manager Greg Coleman was honored as Marketer of the Year by the Professional Marketing Association.

In September 2018, the team was sold to Jack Blackstock who had previously been a minority investor in the team.[5]



Bowling Green Hot Rods roster
Players Coaches/Other



  • 28 Roberto Alvarez
  • 26 Chris Betts
  • 21 Erik Ostberg


  •  8 Jonathan Aranda
  •  3 Osmy Gregorio
  •  9 Ford Proctor
  •  2 Seaver Whalen


  •  6 Ruben Cardenas
  • 20 Tony Pena
  • 25 Jordan Qsar
  •  1 Nick Schnell
  • 22 Grant Witherspoon


  • 19 Reinaldo Ruiz


  7-day injured list
* On Tampa Bay Rays 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated October 21, 2019
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Tampa Bay Rays minor league players

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Bowling Green Daily News". January 8, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  2. ^ Czerwinski, Kevin T. "Lake County, Bowling Green shifting to MWL." Minor League Baseball. September 2, 2008. Retrieved on September 20, 2008.
  3. ^ Fuerst, Hank "It's Official: BG Hot Rods Sold" Archived January 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine WBKO. December 11, 2013. Retrieved on January 7, 2014
  4. ^ Hill, Benjamin "Hot Rods claim year's best promo." Minor League Baseball. October 14, 2009. Retrieved on December 10, 2010.
  5. ^ Spedden, Zach (September 28, 2018). "Sale of Bowling Green Hot Rods Approved". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 28, 2018.

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