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Visalia Rawhide
Founded in 1946
Visalia, California
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • High Class-A
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Visalia Rawhide (2009-present)
  • Visalia Oaks (1995-2008, 1977-1992)
  • Central Valley Rockies (1993-1994)
  • Visalia Mets (1968-1975)
  • Visalia White Sox (1962)
  • Visalia Athletics (1960-1961)
  • Visalia Redlegs (1957-1959)
  • Visalia Cubs (1954-1956, 1946-1952)
  • Visalia Stars (1953)
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 2 (1971, 1978)
Division titles
Owner(s)/Operated by: Top of the Third, Inc
Manager: Mike Bell
General Manager: Tom Seidler

The Visalia Rawhide are a minor league baseball team in Visalia, California, U.S. They are a "high-A" class team of the Arizona Diamondbacks operating in the California League, and have recently agreed to renew their affiliation through 2010.

The Rawhide play home games at Recreation Park; opened in 1946, the stadium seats 2,500 fans. The city of Visalia is finishing up a multimillion dollar renovation and expansion of Recreation Ballpark supported by a 10 year lease with the ballclub, the longest lease in franchise history.

After two years of fan surveys, polls and focus groups, and direction by players, the team announced a name change to the Visalia Rawhide, representing one of the richest agricultural regions in the world, and the top dairy-producing area in the country.

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Mascot

The Visalia Rawhide mascot is a Holstein Bull named Tipper. Tipper was introduced on October 15, 2008. Tipper represents the tens of thousands of Holsteins in Tulare County, the top dairy-producing area in the country. Tipper's home is a ballpark barn - a 40' x 20' red barn which is part of the outfield fence - doubles carom off the side of the barn, and home runs land on the roof, leading to a new twist on the old baseball adage "couldn't hit the broadside of the barn", which now represents weak hitters instead of wild pitchers. The traditional red barn is being built as a "community barn raising" to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity and stand as an icon for the agricultural heritage of the valley.

Major League Affiliates

The Rawhide has been affiliated with numerous Major League franchises. The most recent are the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies, Oakland A's, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Radio Broadcast

The Rawhide are heard terrestrially on KJUG AM 1270, and over the internet through their website in association with MILB.com. Donny Baarns and Mark Freeman are the team broadcasters.

Roster

Visalia Rawhide roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • 20 Christian Beltre
  •  2 Victor Capellan
  • 17 Joshua Collmenter
  • 30 Jeff Dietz
  • 24 Trevor Harden
  • 32 Bryan Henry
  • 27 Tom Layne
  • 19 Patrick McAnaney
  • 12 Jordan Norberto
  • 23 Jorge Perez
  • 28 Bryan Shaw
Catchers
  •  8 Ed Easley

Infielders

  •  2 David Cooper
  • 10 Manuel Ferrer
  •  7 Kyle Greene
  •  4 Taylor Harbin
  •  5 Elijah Rumler

Outfielders

  • 11 Collin Cowgill †
  •  6 Brendan Duffy
  •  1 Ollie Linton
  • 16 Daniel Rodriguez
  •  9 Gregory Thomson †
  • 31 Derrick Walker
Manager

Coaches

† Disabled list
* On Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated 2009-11-19
Transactions

Alumni

External links

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