Portland Sea Dogs

The Portland Sea Dogs are a Minor League Baseball team based in Portland, Maine, that plays in the Double-A Northeast league.[a] Established in 1994, the Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Prior to 2021, the team competed in the Eastern League.

Portland Sea Dogs
Founded in 1994
Portland, Maine
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Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassDouble-A (1994–present)
LeagueDouble-A Northeast (2021–present)
DivisionNortheast
Previous leagues
Eastern League (1994–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamBoston Red Sox (2003–present)
Previous teamsFlorida Marlins (1994–2002)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)2006
Division titles (5)
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 2005
  • 2014
Team data
NamePortland Sea Dogs (1994–present)
ColorsNavy, red, gray
     
MascotSlugger The Sea Dog (1994-present)
BallparkHadlock Field (1994–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Bill Burke
General ManagerGeoff Iacuessa
ManagerCorey Wimberly

The Sea Dogs became part of the Red Sox system for the 2003 season; previously they were affiliated with the Florida Marlins. The change in affiliation brought success in the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the Sea Dogs went to the Eastern League championship series both years. They won their first-ever title on September 17, 2006, defeating the Akron Aeros, 8–5, in a rematch of the series from the previous year. It was the first Double-A championship for a Red Sox farm team since 1983 when they were based in New Britain, Connecticut.

Currently, all games are carried on a network of radio stations with Emma Tiedemann providing the play-by-play, with the flagship WPEI and select TV games on NESN with Eric Frede play-by-play and former Red Sox relief pitcher Ken Ryan.

HistoryEdit

Minor league baseball officially returned to Maine on October 4, 1992, when Portland was awarded one of two Eastern League expansion franchises (the other being the New Haven Ravens) to begin play in April 1994. The Sea Dogs signed an affiliation agreement with the Florida Marlins on May 3, 1993, beginning what would become a nine-season relationship.[2] The city renovated Hadlock Field, transforming what was once a high-school stadium into a professional ballpark. City manager Robert Ganley led efforts to renovate Hadlock Field and return professional baseball to Portland.

The team won its first game, defeating the Reading Phillies on the road 2–1, with the help of a 14th-inning home run by future major league catcher Charles Johnson. The team opened Hadlock Field on April 18, 1994, losing 7–6 to the Albany-Colonie Yankees.

Cartoonist Guy Gilchrist designed the team's logo as well as logos for the Connecticut Defenders, Binghamton Mets, and New Britain Rock Cats. Gilchrist's comic strip Mudpie had a series of strips in which the young cat's family visit the Portland area and attend a Sea Dogs game.

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's restructuring of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Sea Dogs were organized into the 12-team Double-A Northeast.[3]

StadiumEdit

 
The Sea Dogs hosting the Hartford Yard Goats during the 2016 season

The Sea Dogs' home stadium is Hadlock Field, named after long-time Portland High School baseball coach Edson Hadlock.[4] It currently has a seating capacity of 7,368.[4] Hadlock Field is often visited by vacationing celebrities, such as former NFL coach Bill Parcells, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and his wife Barbara. In left field stands the Maine Monster, a 37-foot (11 m)-tall replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster, complete with Coke bottle and Citgo sign.[4] Along the right-field foul line just beyond first base, a picnic pavilion is available for group outings from 20 up to 300 people. In 2006, a new pavilion opened above the right-field wall over the Sea Dogs bullpen. Modeled after the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park in Boston, it seats up to 393 people and gives fans an opportunity to catch a home run ball.

Slugger the Sea Dog has been the Sea Dogs' mascot since his debut on May 6, 1994.[5]

Season recordsEdit

During 1994–2020, the team was a member of the Northeast division of the Eastern League. Since 2021, the team has been a member of the Northeast division of Double-A Northeast. In the below table, "Place" represents finish within the team's division at the end of regular season play.

RosterEdit

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

  • 32 Cameron Cannon
  •  3 Triston Casas
  • 24 Pedro Castellanos
  • -- Ricardo Cubillan ~
  • 22 Ryan Fitzgerald
  •  7 Brett Netzer  
  •  5 Hudson Potts *
  • 37 Tyreque Reed
  • 51 Grant Williams

Outfielders  


Manager

Coaches

60-day injured list

  7-day injured list
* On Boston Red Sox 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
± Taxi squad
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated September 12, 2021
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Double-A Northeast
Boston Red Sox minor league players

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Portland is 107 miles (172 km) from Fenway Park in Boston.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MLB affiliate overview: American League East". MiLB.com. February 12, 2021. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  2. ^ Sea Dogs Time Line (Franchise History) – Portland Sea Dogs.
  3. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Hadlock Field | Portland, ME". www.portlandmaine.gov. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Slugger the Sea Dog". MiLB.com. Retrieved April 13, 2020.

External linksEdit

Preceded by Boston Red Sox
Double-A affiliate

2003–present
Succeeded by
current