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Fresno Grizzlies
Founded in 1998
Fresno, California
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  • Fresno Grizzlies (1998–Present)
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Owner(s)/Operated by: Fresno Baseball, LLC
Manager: Steve Decker
General Manager: Andrew Stuebner

The Fresno Grizzlies are a minor league baseball team based in Fresno, California. The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), is the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major league club. The Grizzlies play in Chukchansi Park (capacity 12,500), located in downtown Fresno and built in 2002. The Fresno Grizzlies' colors are black and orange, designed to mirror the colors of their parent club. All games are broadcast on 790 AM ESPN radio, with Doug Greenwald handling the play-by-play.

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History

Professional baseball first came to Fresno in 1898 when it had a team in the original California League. The team dropped out of the league after that year, but returned in 1905. In 1906, the Tacoma Tigers of the Pacific Coast League moved to Fresno, playing as the Fresno Raisin Eaters for one season before moving to Sacramento for the 1907 season. In the intervening years before the arrival of the Grizzlies, Fresno fielded teams in the California State League in 1910 and 1913, and in the current California League from 1941 through 1988, including the Fresno Cardinals (1941–1956), Fresno Sun Sox (1957), Fresno Giants (1958–1987), and Fresno Suns (1988).

When the Arizona Diamondbacks expansion franchise was awarded to Phoenix by Major League Baseball with a start date of 1998, the existing Phoenix Firebirds PCL team, at the time the Giants' Triple-A affiliate, was forced to relocate. In a complicated series of events, the owners of the Firebirds moved their team to Tucson and became the Tucson Sidewinders, dropping their affiliation with the Giants in favor of the expansion Diamondbacks. The owners of the existing Tucson Toros then moved their franchise to Fresno, thus ending a 92-year hiatus of PCL baseball in Fresno. The transplanted Toros, renamed the Grizzlies, became the Giants' new PCL affiliate. From 1998 through 2001 the Grizzlies played at Pete Beiden Field at California State University, Fresno, before moving to Chukchansi Park.

During the team's 11 year history in Fresno, it has had a number of different owners. In October 2005, the team was sold again, this time to Fresno Baseball LLC, headquartered in Stoneham, Massachusetts.

The team hosted such promotions as K-Fed Night in 2006, The Price Is Right Night in 2007, and Totally Rad 80s Night featuring The Karate Kid star Billy Zabka in May 2008. Parker, the Grizzlies mascot, was named Best Mascot of 2007 by GameOps, beating out all other major and minor league mascots. Chukchansi Park is also home to the Drag Kings, the Grizzlies' dancing grounds crew who were given an honorable mention by GameOps as Best Entertainment act. The Grizzlies won the Minor League Baseball Promotion of the Year award in 2008 for their "Mascot Showdown" featuring Parker and the Phillie Phanatic.

Roster

Fresno Grizzlies roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • -- T.J. Brewer
  • -- Steven Calicutt
  • 16 Steve Edlefsen
  • 28 Steve Hammond
  • 50 Steve Palazzolo
  • -- Tony Peña Jr.
  • 34 Felix Romero
  • -- Jake Stevens
Catchers

Infielders

  •  1 Juan Ciriaco
  • 40 David Maroul
  • -- Jesse Shriner
  • -- Skyler Stromsmoe
  • 43 Adam Witter

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

  • -- Ken Joyce (hitting)
  • 23 Pat Rice (pitching)

† Disabled list
* On San Francisco Giants 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated December 23, 2009
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