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Bridgeport Bluefish
Founded in 1997
Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
League affiliations
Name
  • Bridgeport Bluefish (1998–present)
Other nicknames
  • Park City Blues, Park City Nine, The Fish
Team Colors
  • Navy blue, aqua, silver, white

                   

Ballpark
Championships
  • League titles: 1 (1999)
  • Division titles: 4 (1998, 1999, 2002, 2006) 
Owner(s)/Operated By: Frank Boulton
General Manager: Todd Marlin
Manager: Willie Upshaw
Media: Connecticut Post
Website: www.bridgeportbluefish.com

The Bridgeport Bluefish are an American professional baseball team based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They are a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Bluefish play their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

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History of Bridgeport baseball

Baseball Comes to Bridgeport

The game of baseball was first played in Bridgeport, Connecticut soon after the Civil War ended. Other teams that called the city home were the Victors, Mechanics, Bolts, Americans, and the Bears. Bridgeport was the home of Major Leaguer, James "Orator" O'Rourke, who signed the first African-American to play for a professional baseball team in 1895. Visiting Major League and Negro League teams often played exhibition games in Bridgeport in the shadow of the city's smokestacks. Professional baseball would not be played in Bridgeport for about another half-century, until the arrival of the Bluefish in 1998.

Bridgeport Bluefish

The first game of the Bridgeport Bluefish was May 21, 1998, and the team has had many winning seasons. The team has been to four Atlantic League Championship Series, and won in 1999 versus the Somerset Patriots. They lost to Atlantic City, in 2002, to Newark, and to in 2006 Lancaster.

The Bluefish, and the Atlantic League itself, tend to attract veteran minor leaguers as well as the occasional Major Leaguer at the end of his career. Some of the former major-leaguers who have sported Bluefish jerseys include José Offerman, Edgardo Alfonzo, Deivi Cruz, Junior Spivey, Quinton McCracken, and Mariano Duncan.

The Bluefish won their first league championship in 1999, and have won the most games in Atlantic League history. The land under The Ballpark at Harbor Yard was purchased by the city of Bridgeport from Donald Trump for $1 and with the forgiveness of back taxes owed on the property. The Jenkins Valve plant was demolished to make way for the stadium. The success of the Bluefish led to major redevelopment of the South End, including construction of the Arena at Harbor Yard and a multi-use parking garage.[1] In many ways, the renaissance of Bridgeport was started by the Bluefish.[2]

The original founders of the Bluefish were Mickey Herbert, Jack McGregor, Mary-Jane Foster, and the Bridgeport Waterfront Investors. Herbert anchored the team through a mayoral scandal and difficult financial circumstances. Prior to the 2006 season, the franchise was purchased by Get Hooked, LLC, a group of investors from Fairfield County that included McGregor and Foster. However, Get Hooked dropped the Bluefish prior to the 2008 season in favor of seeking a new ballpark for the city of Yonkers, New York. The Bluefish were purchased by Frank Boulton, who is also the owner of the Long Island Ducks and the founder of the Atlantic League.

Before the 2009 season, the Bluefish hired Willie Upshaw, a Major League Baseball alumnus and Fairfield County native, as their bench coach. He was Bridgeport's first manager from 1998 to 2000, as well as the first base coach for the Cleveland Indians from 2000–2005, and the San Francisco Giants for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Upshaw spent nine of his ten playing seasons in the Majors with the Toronto Blue Jays, where he led the team with 21 home runs and 75 runs batted in (RBI). The following year he became the first Toronto player to top 100 RBI in a season with 104.[3] On July 8, 2009 manager Tommy John announced he was stepping down and Willie Upshaw was picked to take his place.[4]

Logos and uniforms

The official colors of the Bridgeport Bluefish are navy blue, aqua, and silver. The primary logo consists of the "Bluefish" wordmark in navy blue with aqua outline superimposed over a depiction of a cartoon bluefish holding a baseball bat.

The Bluefish wear caps produced by The Game Headwear and uniforms by Wilson Sporting Goods. The home cap is navy blue with aqua trim on the ventilation holes and an aqua button, with the cap logo depicting a bluefish interwoven with a capital "B" centered on the front. The away cap is navy blue with an aqua brim and button, with the same cap logo. The home jersey is white with traditional navy blue piping below the collar and around the sleeves. The "Bluefish" wordmark is centered across the front in navy blue with silver outline and aqua drop shadow. The number on the back is in solid navy blue, and the interlocking "BB" logo centered on the left sleeve. The away jersey is grey with navy blue piping, and the "Bridgeport" wordmark centered across the front in navy blue with white outline. The Bluefish also have navy blue alternate jerseys, with aqua piping. The interlocking "BB" logo is centered on the left-side chest, with the number on the back in aqua outlined in white.

Season-by-season records


Bridgeport Bluefish - 1998 to 2008[5]
Season First Half W - L Record First Half Winning Percentage First Half Finish Second Half W - L Record Second Half Winning Percentage Second Half Finish Overall W - L Record Overall Winning Percentage Overall Finish Playoffs
1998
31-18
.633
1st in Atlantic League
32-18
.640
1st in Atlantic League
63-36
.637
1st in Atlantic League
1-3 (lost league championship to Atlantic City Surf)
1999
43-17
.717
1st in Atlantic League
35-25
.583
2nd in Atlantic League
78-42
.650
1st in Atlantic League
3-0 (won league championship)
2000
35-35
.500
4th in North Division
43-26
.623
1st in North Division
78-61
.561
3rd in North Division
1-2 (lost first round to Nashua Pride)
2001
30-33
.476
3rd in North Division
36-27
.571
3rd in North Division
66-60
.524
3rd in North Division
-
2002
36-27
.524
1st in North Division
35-28
.556
1st in North Division
71-55
.563
1st in North Division
2-4 (lost league championship to Newark Bears)
2003
34-29
.540
2nd in North Division
39-24
.620
1st in North Division
73-53
.579
1st in North Division
1-2 (lost first round to Nashua Pride)
2004
38-25
.603
2nd in North Division
34-29
.540
2nd in North Division
72-54
.571
1st in North Division
-
2005
33-37
.471
2nd in North Division
22-48
.314
4th in North Division
55-85
.393
4th in North Division
-
2006
38-25
.603
2nd in North Division
37-24
.607
1st in North Division
75-49
.605
1st in North Division
2-3 (lost league championship to Lancaster Barnstormers)
2007
35-28
.556
2nd in North Division
25-38
.397
4th in North Division
60-66
.476
3rd in North Division
-
2008
33-37
.471
3rd in Liberty Division
34-36
.486
3rd in Liberty Division
67-73
.479
3rd in Liberty Division
-
Totals (1998–2008) 386-311 .554 - 372-323 .535 - 758-634 .545 - 10-14


  • 1 Atlantic League Championship (1999)

Ferry Cup

The Bridgeport Bluefish contend with the Long Island Ducks over the Ferry Cup, which is sponsored by the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company. The two teams border on the Long Island Sound, and many fans of both teams regularly cross it to support them. The current Bluefish/Ducks rivalry record is 85-83, in favor of Bridgeport.[6]

Mascots

One of the Bridgeport Bluefish official mascots is an anthropomorphic bluefish named B.B. He wears the team's alternate jersey with white sneakers. B.B. was born on May 29, 1997 in Cape Hatteras. He later migrated to the Long Island Sound, and joined the Bluefish soon after. The mascot's name alludes to the initials of the team and its nickname.[7]

Cap'n L.I. Sounder is another source of entertainment at Harbor Yard. He dons the uniform of a sailor, and has a short beard. Cap'n L.I. Sounder's name refers to the nautical rank of captain and the name of a Long Island Sound resident.

Current roster

Bridgeport Bluefish roster
Active (25-man) roster Coaches
Pitchers

Catchers

  •  9 United States Luis Rodriguez
  • 22 United States Shea Harris
 

Infielders

  •  8 United States Tim Johnson
  • 15 United States Ryner Bautista
  • 19 United States Luis Lopez
  • 27 United States Jesse Hoorelbeke
  • 30 Dominican Republic Wilson Batista

Outfielders

 

Coaching Staff

Retired numbers

Roberto Clemente BRG.PNG Jackie Robinson BRG.PNG
Roberto Clemente[8] Jackie Robinson
OF
Retired by the
Brigeport Bluefish
on August 14, 2008
2B
Retired throughout
professional baseball
on April 15, 1997

References

  1. ^ "Bridgeport Renewal" (PDF). EPA. http://www.epa.gov/swerosps/bf/success/bridge_ct.pdf. Retrieved 2006-05-26.  
  2. ^ "Bridgeport's Renaissance" (PDF). EPA. http://www.epa.gov/ne/brownfields/pdfs/2001-Success.pdf. Retrieved 2006-05-26.  
  3. ^ "Willie Upshaw". Bridgeport Bluefish. http://bridgeportbluefish.com/team/coaching/index.html?staff_id=31. Retrieved March 7, 2009.  
  4. ^ "Tommy John Steps Down as Bluefish Manager". Bridgeport Bluefish. July 8, 2009. http://www.bridgeportbluefish.com/news/index.html?article_id=366. Retrieved 2009-07-08.  
  5. ^ Atlantic League information
  6. ^ "Bluefish and Ducks introduce Ferry Cup". Bridgeport Bluefish. http://www.bridgeportbluefish.com/news/index.html?article_id=250. Retrieved May 12, 2009.  
  7. ^ "Mascot Biographies". Bridgeport Bluefish. http://www.bridgeportbluefish.com/kids/mascot/. Retrieved October 2, 2008.  
  8. ^ Roberto Clemente Night, Bridgeport Bluefish, August 14, 2008. Accessed March 5, 2009. "Roberto Clement Night."

External links

Official websites

Blogs

Media

Achievements
Preceded by
Atlantic City Surf
1998
Atlantic League Champions
Bridgeport Bluefish

1999
Succeeded by
Nashua Pride
2000
Preceded by
Nashua Pride
2005
North Division Champions
Bridgeport Bluefish

1998, 1999, 2002, 2006
Succeeded by
Newark Bears
2002







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