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Columbus Clippers
Founded in 1977
Columbus, Ohio
Team Logo
Cap Insignia
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
  • Columbus Clippers (1977-present)
Minor league titles
League titles 1979, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1996
Division titles
Owner(s)/Operated by: Franklin County, Ohio government
Manager: Mike Sarbaugh
General Manager: Ken Schnacke
Old logo, retired after 2008 season

The Columbus Clippers are a minor league baseball team based in Columbus, Ohio. The team plays in the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The team is owned by the government of Franklin County, Ohio.

From 1977 to 2008, the Clippers played in Cooper Stadium, which was known as Franklin County Stadium until 1984. The final game at "The Coop" was played on September 1, 2008 in front of a sellout crowd of 16,777. It was the third largest audience in stadium history. In 2009, the Clippers began playing in Huntington Park, located at the corner of Neil Ave. and Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District of Columbus.

The Clippers franchise began play in 1977 as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, changing its affiliation to the New York Yankees in 1979, beginning a 28-year relationship that ended in 2006. An affiliation with the Washington Nationals lasted from 2007 to 2008. A four-year affiliation with the Cleveland Indians was announced on September 18, 2008.[1]



The Clippers have won the Governors' Cup, the International League championship, seven times, and played in the championship series 10 times.

Current roster

Columbus Clippers roster
Players Coaches/Other





† Disabled list
* On Cleveland Indians 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated December 16, 2009

Notable alumni

The Columbus Clippers in action at their former home, Cooper Stadium.

Columbus Jets (1955-70)

Except for six seasons — 1971-76 — Columbus has been represented in the highest levels of minor league baseball since 1902, at first in the American Association (1902-54) and since then in the International League. The first IL team in Ohio's capital, the Columbus Jets, was the transplanted Ottawa Athletics. While playing for its first two seasons as the top farm club of the lowly Kansas City Athletics, the Jets spent the next 14 years as a top affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates (whose owner, John Galbreath, hailed from Columbus). The franchise moved to Charleston, West Virginia, as the Charleston Charlies in 1971, but the Pirates, still owned by the Galbreath family, would return with the Clippers in 1977.

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