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Portland Sea Dogs
Founded in 1994
Portland, Maine
Portland Sea Dogs.svg
Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • AA
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Portland Sea Dogs (1994-present)
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 2006
Division titles 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006
Owner(s)/Operated by: Dan Burke
Manager: Arnie Beyeler
General Manager: Charlie Eshbach

The Portland Sea Dogs are the Double-A minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Established in 1994 and based in Portland, Maine, the Sea Dogs play in the Northern Division of the Eastern League.

The Sea Dogs became part of the Red Sox system for the 2003 season; previously they were affiliated with the Florida Marlins. The change in affiliation brought success in the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the Sea Dogs went to the Eastern League championship series both years. They won their first-ever title on September 17, 2006, defeating the Akron Aeros 8-5 in a rematch of the series from the previous year. It was the first double-A championship for a Red Sox farm team since 1983 when they were based in New Britain, Connecticut.

The Sea Dogs' home stadium is Hadlock Field, named after long-time Portland High School baseball coach Edison Hadlock. It currently has a seating capacity of 7,368. Hadlock Field is often visited by vacationing celebrities, such as former NFL coach Bill Parcells, former U.S. President George H. W. Bush, and his wife Barbara. In left field stands the Maine Monster, a 37-foot-tall replica of Fenway Park's Green Monster, complete with Coke bottle and Citgo sign. Along the right-field foul line just beyond first base, a picnic pavilion is available for group outings from 20 up to 300 people. In 2006, a new pavilion opened above the right-field wall over the Sea Dogs bullpen. Modeled after the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park in Boston, it seats up to 393 people and gives fans an opportunity to catch a home run ball. Currently all games are carried on a network of radio stations with Mike Antonellis providing the play-by-play, with the flagship WVAE/WBAE and select TV games on NESN and ABC affiliate WMTW.

Sea Dogs games are frequented by the team's official mascot Slugger the Sea Dog. Slugger, dubbed "Baseball's Hardest Working Mascot," works the crowd, races children around the bases, dances to the YMCA and generally has a good time. [1]

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History

Minor league baseball officially returned to Maine on October 4, 1992, when Portland was awarded one of two Eastern League expansion franchises (the other being the New Haven Ravens) to begin play in April 1994. The Sea Dogs signed an affiliation agreement with the Florida Marlins, beginning what would become a nine-season relationship. The city renovated Hadlock Field, transforming what was once a high-school stadium into a modern ballpark. The team won its first game, defeating the Reading Phillies on the road 2-1, with the help of a 14th-inning home run by future major league catcher Charles Johnson. The team opened Hadlock Field on April 18, 1994, losing 7-6 to the Albany-Colonie Yankees. It was the late Robert Ganley, Portland city manager at the time, whose vision led to the construction of the ballpark in a previously run-down section of Portland.

Cartoonist Guy Gilchrist designed the team's logo as well as logos for the Connecticut Defenders, Binghamton Mets, and New Britain Rock Cats. Gilchrist's comic strip Mudpie had a series of strips in which the young cat's family visit the Portland area and attend a Sea Dog game.

The Sea Dogs hosting Trenton Thunder during the 2007 season.

Notable alumni

(Player currently on the Red Sox in BOLD)

2009 roster

Portland Sea Dogs roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • -- Travis Beazley
  • 13 Bryson Cox
  • 28 Andrew Dobies
  • 19 Tommy Hottovy
  • 35 Kris Johnson
  • 34 Ryne Lawson
  • 26 Richard Lentz
  • 45 Blake Maxwell
  • 33 Ryne Miller
  • 15 Chad Rhoades
Catchers
  • 30 Juan Apodaca
  • 23 Luis Exposito

Infielders

  • 21 Lars Anderson
  •  2 Ryan Khoury
  •  5 Yamaico Navarro
  • 37 Jon Still

Outfielders

  • 31 Reid Engel
  • 32 Ryan Kalish
  •  7 Daniel Nava
  • 44 Jason Place
  • 12 Matt Sheely
Manager

Coaches

† Disabled list
* On Boston Red Sox 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated December 23, 2009
Transactions

Season records

(Place is finish in Northern Division)

Playoffs

  • 1995 season: Lost to New Haven, 3-2 in semifinals.
  • 1996 season: Defeated Binghamton 3-2 in semifinals; lost to Harrisburg 3-2 in championship.
  • 1997 season: Defeated Norwich 3-2 in semifinals; lost to Harrisburg 3-1 in championship.
  • 2005 season: Defeated Trenton 3-2 in semifinals; lost to Akron 3-1 in championship.
  • 2006 season: Defeated Trenton 3-1 in semifinals; defeated Akron 3-2 to win championship.
  • 2007 season: Lost to Trenton 3-1 in semifinals.
  • 2008 season: Lost to Trenton 3-0 in semifinals.

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Simple English

The Portland Sea Dogs are a locally based baseball team in Portland, Maine. They play at Hadlock Field.


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