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Hickory Crawdads
Founded in 1977
Hickory, North Carolina
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
  • Single-A
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
  • Hickory Crawdads (1993-present)
  • Gastonia Rangers (1987-1992)
  • Gastonia Tigers (1986)
  • Gastonia Jets (1985)
  • Gastonia Expos (1983-1984)
  • Gastonia Cardinals (1977-1982)
Minor league titles
League titles 2002, 2004
Division titles
Owner(s)/Operated by: Hickory Baseball, Inc.
Manager: Gary Green
General Manager: Mark Seaman

The Hickory Crawdads are a Minor League Baseball team in Hickory, North Carolina, USA. They are a Class A team in the South Atlantic League, and have been a farm team of the Texas Rangers since 2009. Previously, they were a Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Crawdads play home games at L.P. Frans Stadium. Opened in 1993, Frans Stadium seats 5,092 fans. The Crawdads mascot is Conrad the Crawdad. Conrad was named in a contest won by Ryan Windam, a native of Hickory, North Carolina. The Crawdads won the South Atlantic League Championship in 2002, and again in 2004. Andrew Buchbinder, formerly a radio announcer for the Bakersfield Condors of the ECHL and the Bakersfield Blaze of the California League, will be the Crawdads radio announcer for the 2009 season.

Notable alumni


Hickory Crawdads roster
Players Coaches/Other
  • 25 Wilfredo Boscan
  • 12 Jacob Brigham
  • 27 Fabio Castillo
  • 31 Andrew Doyle
  • 14 Cody Eppley
  • 33 Wilmer Font
  • 23 Mark Hamburger
  • 35 Yoon-Hee Nam
  • 37 Carlos Pimentel
  • 16 Jorge Quintero
  • 28 Neil Ramirez
  • 20 Joseph Wieland
  •  2 Leonel De Los Santos
  •  6 Vincent DiFazio


  •  5 Leury Garcia
  • 17 Michael Hollander
  •  1 Andres James
  • 30 Edward Koncel
  • 11 Matthew West


  • 36 Aja Barto
  •  4 Eric Fry
  •  7 Cody Podraza
  • 18 Cristian Santana
  • -- Bill Richardson


† Disabled list
* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated December 10, 2009

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