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
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Midwest League (2010–present)|
|South Atlantic League (2009)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Tampa Bay Rays (2009–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (1)||2018|
|Division titles (2)|
|First half titles (2)|
|Columbus Catfish (2003-2008)|
|Ballpark||Bowling Green Ballpark (2009–present)|
|General Manager||Eric C. Leach|
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 2010, the Hot Rods and the Lake County Captains moved from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League, 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.
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 MiLB.com. 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.
- 2011: Lost to Fort Wayne 2–0 in quarterfinals
- 2012: Lost to Lake County 2–0 in quarterfinals
- 2013: Lost to Fort Wayne 2–0 in quarterfinals
- 2016: Lost to Great Lakes 2–1 in quarterfinals
- 2017: Lost to Fort Wayne 2–0 in quarterfinals
- 2018: Defeated Lansing 2–0 in quarterfinals; defeated West Michigan 2–0 in semifinals; defeated Peoria 3–1 to win Midwest League championship
Bowling Green Hot Rods roster
7-day injured list
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- Hill, Benjamin "Hot Rods claim year's best promo." Minor League Baseball. October 14, 2009. Retrieved on December 10, 2010.
- Spedden, Zach (September 28, 2018). "Sale of Bowling Green Hot Rods Approved". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 28, 2018.