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The Cape Fear Crocs were a minor league baseball team in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Cape Fear Crocs
19972000
Fayetteville, NC
Cape Fear Crocs logo.JPGCape Fear Crocs hat logo.JPG
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
PreviousLow-A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSouth Atlantic League
DivisionNorthern Division
Major league affiliations
PreviousMontreal Expos (1997-2000)
Minor league titles
League titles None
Division titles 1999 Northern Division champions (2nd half)
Team data
Previous names
Previous parks
J. P. Riddle Stadium (1997-2000)

They were a low Class-A baseball team which played in the South Atlantic League, and were a farm team of the Montreal Expos for the franchise’s entire tenure as the Cape Fear Crocs.

They played all of their home games at J. P. Riddle Stadium and were previously known as the Fayetteville Generals.

Even though the Crocs were a perennial playoff team during their time in the SAL, poor attendance figures and problems having their existing stadium renovated and updated to league standards or even a new downtown stadium built, all proved too much to bear for the ownership of the struggling franchise.

Prior to the 2001 season, the Crocs were sold and moved to New Jersey, where they officially became the Lakewood BlueClaws, and dropped their affiliation with the Expos in favor of becoming an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.[1]

Their mascot was the Cape Fear Croc.[2]

List of Cape Fear Crocs players in the MLBEdit

All players are listed in alphabetical order by their surname, with the year(s) they played for Cape Fear in parentheses.

Year-by-year recordEdit

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1997 66-74 9th Phil Stephenson Lost in South Atlantic League Quarterfinals
to the Charleston Alley Cats, 2-0
1998 80-61 4th Luis Dorante Lost in South Atlantic League Quarterfinals
to the Greensboro Bats, 2-0
1999 75-65 5th Frank Kremblas Won South Atlantic League Quarterfinals
over the Hagerstown Suns, 2-0
Won South Atlantic League Semifinals
over the Capital City Bombers, 2-1
Lost in South Atlantic League Finals
to the Augusta Greenjackets, 2-1
2000 64-74 10th Bill Masse

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Fayetteville Strikes Out With the Cape Fear Crocs :: WRAL.com".
  2. ^ "Easter Fun for Free at Cumberland County's Arnette Park".