Richmond Flying Squirrels

The Richmond Flying Squirrels are a Minor League Baseball team based in Richmond, Virginia. The team, which is a part of the Double-A Northeast, is the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league club, and plays at The Diamond. The Squirrels were previously known as the Connecticut Defenders. They were members of the Eastern League from 2010 to 2020.

Richmond Flying Squirrels
Founded in 2010
Richmond, Virginia
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Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassDouble-A (2010–present)
LeagueDouble-A Northeast (2021–present)
DivisionSouthwest Division
Previous leagues
Eastern League (2010–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamSan Francisco Giants (2010–present)
Minor league titles
Division titles
  • 2014
Team data
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels (2010–present)
ColorsRed, black, gray, white
BallparkThe Diamond (2010–present)
Lou DiBella
General ManagerTodd Parnell
ManagerJosé Alguacil[1]

The Flying Squirrels mark affiliated baseball's return to Richmond after a one-year absence prompted by the relocation of the former Triple-A International League's Richmond Braves to Lawrenceville, Georgia in 2009, where they are now called the Gwinnett Stripers.


On September 23, 2009, it was announced that the Connecticut Defenders would leave Norwich for their current home at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia, where they will continue seeking proposals for a new ballpark in the Richmond metropolitan area. The team name was changed to the "Flying Squirrels".[2]

The name the Richmond Flying Squirrels was chosen through a Richmond Times-Dispatch readers' "name-the-team-contest," which ended on October 15, 2009.[2] The name was submitted by Brad Mead of Prince George, Virginia. Other finalists were the Rock Hoppers, Hambones, Rhinos, Flatheads, and Hush Puppies. (The name Hambones was later ruled out of the contest after the city's uproar and the NAACP finding that "the Hambones" could be seen as a derogatory term directed towards the African-American community.)

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


The new Flying Squirrels logo was unveiled on December 1, 2009.[4] It is a black, red, and grey flying squirrel with a patch in the shape of an "R" (for Richmond) on top of an acorn over its heart. The logo was designed by San Diego-based sports branding firm Brandiose. It was named the logo of the year by Ballpark Digest in 2010[5] and the best minor-league logo by Baseball America in 2015.[6]

Season recordsEdit


  • 2014 season: Defeated Akron, 3–1, in first round; lost to Binghamton 3–0, in championship round.


Players Coaches/Other



  • 16 Andres Angulo
  •  5 Brandon Martorano
  • 40 Bryan Torres





  7-day injured list
* On San Francisco Giants 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
± Taxi squad
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated July 27, 2021
→ More rosters: MiLB • Double-A Northeast
San Francisco Giants minor league players



  1. ^ "Alguacil returns as Flying Squirrels manager in 2020". January 13, 2020. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b O'connor, John (October 15, 2009). "Flying Squirrels picked as new baseball team name". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Richmond, VA: Media General Communications Holdings. Archived from the original on February 4, 2013. Retrieved April 26, 2010.
  3. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  4. ^ "Flying Squirrels unveil logos". Richmond Times-Dispatch. December 1, 2009. Retrieved April 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "Logo of the Year: Richmond Flying Squirrels". Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Flying Squirrels No. 1 minor league logo according to Baseball America". Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "2019 Richmond Flying Squirrels". Retrieved April 12, 2020.


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