Portland Sea Dogs

The Portland Sea Dogs are a Minor League Baseball team based in Portland, Maine, that currently plays in the Eastern League. Established in 1994, the Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

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 Mike Antonellis 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.

Portland Sea Dogs
Founded in 1994
Portland, Maine
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentDouble-A (1994–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueEastern League (1994–present)
DivisionEastern Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentBoston Red Sox (2003–present)
PreviousFlorida Marlins (1994–2002)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)2006
Division titles (5)
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 2005
  • 2014
Team data
NicknamePortland Sea Dogs (1994–present)
ColorsNavy, red, gray
              
BallparkHadlock Field (1994–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Dan Burke
ManagerJoe Oliver
General ManagerGeoff Iacuessa

History

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.[1] 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.

Stadium

Portland Sea Dogs, April 2016
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.[2] It currently has a seating capacity of 7,368.[2] 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-tall replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster, complete with Coke bottle and Citgo sign.[2] 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.

Sea Dogs games are frequented by the team's official mascot, Slugger the Sea Dog.

Season records

Legend
Place   Playoffs
Division champions   Won championship series
Made playoffs   Lost championship series

"Place" represents finish in the Northern Division.

Slugger Sea Dogs mascot
Slugger the Sea Dog, the team mascot
Results by season
Year W–L Pct. Place Manager Playoffs
1994 60–81 .426 4th Carlos Tosca  
1995 86–56 .606 1st Lost to New Haven, 3–2 in semifinals
1996 83–58 .589 1st Defeated Binghamton, 3–2 in semifinals
Lost to Harrisburg, 3–2 in championship
1997 79–63 .556 1st Fredi González Defeated Norwich, 3–2 in semifinals
Lost to Harrisburg, 3–1 in championship
1998 66–75 .468 3rd Lynn Jones  
1999 65–77 .458 3rd Frank Cacciatore  
2000 71–70 .504 4th Rick Renteria  
2001 77–65 .542 3rd  
2002 63–77 .450 5th Eric Fox  
2003 72–70 .507 3rd Ron Johnson  
2004 69–73 .486 4th  
2005 76–66 .535 1st Todd Claus Defeated Trenton, 3–2 in semifinals
Lost to Akron, 3–1 in championship
2006 72–67 .518 2nd Defeated Trenton, 3–1 in semifinals
Defeated Akron, 3–2 in championship
2007 71–72 .497 2nd Arnie Beyeler Lost to Trenton, 3–1 in semifinals
2008 74–66 .529 2nd Lost to Trenton, 3–0 in semifinals
2009 67–74 .475 4th  
2010 70–71 .496 3rd  
2011 59–83 .415 6th Kevin Boles  
2012 68–73 .482 4th  
2013 68–73 .482 4th  
2014 88–54 .620 1st Billy McMillon Lost to Binghamton, 3–2 in semifinals
2015 53–89 .373 6th  
2016 55–84 .396 6th Carlos Febles  
2017 65–74 .468 4th  
2018 63–76 .453 6th Darren Fenster  
2019 TBD Joe Oliver [3]

Current roster

Portland Sea Dogs roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

  • 21 Isaias Lucena Injury icon 2.svg
  •  2 Jhon Nunez
  • 20 Austin Rei

Infielders

Outfielders  

Manager

Coaches

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Boston Red Sox 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 21, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Eastern League
Boston Red Sox minor league players

References

  1. ^ Sea Dogs Time Line (Franchise History) – Portland Sea Dogs.
  2. ^ a b c "Hadlock Field | Portland, ME". www.portlandmaine.gov. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Red Sox Announce Personnel Moves in Player Development and Minor League Field Staffs". MiLB.com. January 10, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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