Tampa Tarpons

The Tampa Tarpons are a Minor League Baseball team based in Tampa, Florida. They are members of the Florida State League (FSL) and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the New York Yankees Major League Baseball team. Home games are played at George M. Steinbrenner Field, which is also the spring training home of the New York Yankees and incorporates design elements from old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

The team was established in 1994 as the Tampa Yankees and played for twenty-three seasons under that name. Before the 2018 season, the team was rebranded as the "Tampa Tarpons", reviving a name that had been used by an earlier FSL franchise for over thirty years.[2] Since their inception, the club has won five league championships, in 1994, 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2010.

Tampa Tarpons
Founded in 1994
Tampa, Florida
TampaTarponsLogo2018
Team logo
Class-level
CurrentAdvanced-A (1994–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueFlorida State League (1994–present)
DivisionNorth Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentNew York Yankees (1994–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (5)
  • 1994
  • 2001*
  • 2004**
  • 2009
  • 2010
*Co-champions with Brevard County Manatees
**Co-champions with Daytona Cubs
Division titles (6)
  • 1994
  • 2001
  • 2004
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2016
Team data
NicknameTampa Tarpons (2018–present)
Previous names
Tampa Yankees (1994–2017)
ColorsLegends navy, Tarpon silver, Gulf blue, white[1]
                   
BallparkGeorge M. Steinbrenner Field (1996–present)
Previous parks
Red McEwen Field (1994–1995)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
New York Yankees
ManagerPat Osborn
General ManagerMatt Gess

History

The city of Tampa has a long history of minor league and spring training baseball. However, when the original Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League (FSL) were sold and relocated in 1988 and Al Lopez Field was demolished soon thereafter, Tampa was without a professional baseball team or venue. In 1994, the New York Yankees established a new team in the Class A-Advanced FSL and placed them in Tampa. Prior to the 2018 season, the team was known as the Tampa Yankees; however, they were rebranded in 2019 as the Tampa Tarpons, in reference to the previous FSL team.[3]

Notable major league players to once play for Tampa are Derek Jeter, Rubén Rivera, Mariano Rivera, David Robertson, Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Phil Hughes, Ramiro Mendoza, Tim Raines, Eric Milton, and Luis Sojo.

Playing field

As part of a deal with the city of Tampa, the Tampa Sports Authority agreed to finance and built a new baseball park for the New York Yankees to use during spring training and the Tampa Yankees to use during the summer. The Tampa Yankees played their first two seasons (1994 and 1995) at Red McEwen Field on the campus of the University of South Florida while their permanent home was under construction. In 1996, they moved to Legends Field, where the playing field had the same dimensions as the major league Yankee's then-home of Yankee Stadium and included some design elements of the ballpark in the Bronx. In 2008, Legends Field was renamed George M. Steinbrenner Field in honor of ailing long-time Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who lived in Tampa.

Steinbrenner Field seats 10,000 fans, and sits across Dale Mabry Highway from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' home of Raymond James Stadium. A pedestrian bridge allows for baseball attendees to easily use the football stadium's much larger parking lot.

Playoffs

Current roster

Tampa Tarpons roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  •  5 Braden Bristo
  • 11 Deivi García
  • 16 Rony Garcia
  • 30 Frank German
  • 14 Hobie Harris
  • 15 Janson Junk
  • 17 Dalton Lehnen
  • 21 Glenn Otto
  • 32 Clarke Schmidt
  • 23 JP Sears
  • 16 Shawn Semple
  • 20 Anderson Severino
  • 28 Jefry Valdez
  • 34 Greg Weissert
  • 19 Matt Wivinis
  • 31 Miguel Yajure
  • 25 Kyle Zurak

Catchers

  • 10 Jason Lopez
  • 33 Donny Sands

Infielders

  • 41 Miguel Andújar #
  •  4 Max Burt
  •  3 Oswaldo Cabrera
  •  2 Diego Castillo
  • 40 Dermis Garcia
  • 14 Chris Hess
  •  1 Welfrin Mateo
  •  6 Matt Pita
  • 27 Steven Sensley
  • 12 Troy Tulowitzki #

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

60-day injured list

  • -- Austin DeCarr
  • -- Alexander Palma
  • -- Freicer Pérez

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On New York Yankees 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated April 30, 2019
Transactions
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New York Yankees minor league players

Notable alumni

Hall of Fame alumni

  • Tim Raines (1996-1997) Inducted, 2017
  • Mariano Rivera (1994) 13 x MLB All-Star; 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player; All-Time MLB Saves Leader, Inducted 2019 With 100% of votes

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ "Splash from the past". Minor League Baseball. December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Norris, Josh. "Tampa Yankees Announce Name Change". Baseball America. Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  3. ^ Hill, Benjamin (December 11, 2017). "With Tarpons, Tampa throws back to the future". milb.com. Retrieved December 11, 2017.

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Tampa Tarpons (1957–1988)

The Tampa Tarpons were a minor league baseball team based in Tampa, Florida. Their home ballpark was Al Lopez Field, and they were a member of the Class A Florida State League (FSL) from 1955 until 1988, mostly as an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. In 1988, they were sold, relocated, and renamed the Sarasota White Sox. During their run in Tampa, they won three FSL league championships, in 1957, 1959 and 1961.

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