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Worcester Tornadoes
Founded in 2005
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
League affiliations
Name
  • Worcester Tornadoes (2005-present)
Team Colors
  • Black, Burnt Orange, Beige, White

                   

Ballpark
  • Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field
Championships
  • League titles: (1) 2005
Owner(s)/Operated By: Unnamed investment group
General Manager: Jorg Bassiacos
Manager: Rich Gedman
Media: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, WTAG/580 (also on W235AV/94.9), WCTR Charter TV3
Website: www.worcestertornadoes.com,

The Worcester Tornadoes are a professional baseball team based in Worcester, Massachusetts, in the United States. The Tornadoes are a member of the Canadian-American Association of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Since the 2005 season to the present, the Tornadoes have played their home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, on the College of the Holy Cross campus.

The Tornadoes were formerly owned by Perfect Game LLC. On October 5, 2009 the majority stake of the franchise was sold to a currently undisclosed group of Maryland-based investors. [1] Jorg Bassiacos is executive vice president and general manager. The Tornadoes are managed by Rich Gedman, a former Major League catcher with the Boston Red Sox

The Worcester Tornadoes were named after the destructive tornado that hit Worcester on June 9, 1953.

The Tornadoes, in their first year of existence, won the Can-Am League Championship after sweeping the Quebec Capitales three games to zero. After beating Quebec in the first two games at Stade Municipal, the Tornadoes clinched the championship on their home field on September 15, 2005.

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Logos and uniforms

The official colors of the Worcester Tornadoes are black, burnt orange, and beige. The primary logo consists of a stylized, white baseball with burnt orange threads centered inside of a black ring outlined in burnt orange and black. The words "Worcester Tornadoes" are arched inside of the ring in beige in scripted, capital letters. An orange and black tornado wraps around a baseball bat in the middle of the logo, with a white "W" superimposed over the center, with black outline.

The Tornadoes uniforms incorporate traditional baseball design. The primary cap is black with a burnt orange brim with the cap logo depicting a white "W" and a burnt orange tornado centered on the front. The home uniform is white with black pinstripes and burnt orange piping. The jersey features the "Tornadoes" wordmark centered across the front in black with a burnt orange outline. The players' number is centered below and to the left of the wordmark in orange with black outline. The away jersey is grey with orange piping, with the "Worcester" wordmark arched across the front of the jersey in black with burnt orange outline.

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Playoffs

Season First Round League Championship
2005 W, 2–1, New Haven County W, 3-0, Quebec
2006 Did Not Qualify
2007 Did Not Qualify
2008 L, 3-1, Sussex
2009 W, 3-0, New Jersey L, 3-1, Quebec

Over the course of the 2007 season, the Tornadoes competed for the Commonwealth Cup with the Can-Am League's two other Massachusetts based teams, the North Shore Spirit and the Brockton Rox. The Tornadoes finished in second (by three and a half games) behind the North Shore Spirit.

Current roster

Worcester Tornadoes roster
Players Coaching Staff
Pitchers
  •  12 United States Nick Conway
  • 17 United States Anthony Sullivan
  • 19 United States Matt Weagle
  • 21 United States Chris Anderson
  • 24 United States Ryan Lobban
  • 25 United States Eddie Pena
  • 26 United States Baron Short
  • 28 United States Jusef Frias
  • 29 United States Zach Zuercher
  • 30 Dominican Republic Santiago Ramirez
  • 32 United States Chris Farley
Catchers
  •  14 United States Alex Trezza
  • 28 United States Yohanny Valera
  • 0 United States Peter Gilardo

Infielders

  •  3 United States Jeff LaHair
  • 6 United States Omar Pena
  • 7 United States Mike MacMillan
  • 20 United States Chris Colabello
  • 36 United States Nick Salotti

Outfielders

  •  8 United States Lucas Taylor
  • 9 United States Vinny Pennell
  • 11 United States Heath Keel
  • 27 United States Alex Pena
  • 37 United States Carlos Sosa
Manager

Coaches

Pitchers

  • 21 United States Anderson, Chris
  • 25 United States Ayala, Albert
  • 12 United States Conway, Nick
  • 32 United States Farley, Chris
  • 00 United States Kelly, John
  • 00 Nova Scotia McDonald, Matt
  • 00 United States Short, Baron
  • 26 United States Taylor, Dustin
  • 29 United States Zuercher, Zach


Catchers

  • 18 United States Leonard, Mike
  • 14 United States Trezza, Alex


Infielders

  • 00 United States Baillargeon, Michael
  • 20 United States Colabello, Chris
  • 07 United States MacMillan, Mike
  • 00 United States Metheny, Brent
  • 00 United States Minicozzi, Mark
  • 06 United States Pena, Omar
  • 36 United States Salotti, Nick


Outfielders

  • 00 United States Cather, Billy
  • 09 United States Pennell, Vinny

Coaching Staff

Quick facts

Current uniform colors: White with orange piping and pinstripes for home games and grey for away games. Home with the word "Tornadoes" across the front and number on the back. Black hats with an orange brim and button and the letter "W" in script.
Current logo design: A tornado swirling around a baseball bat with a "W" superimposed over the twister centered over a white baseball with orange threads. The tornado and baseball design is centered inside of a black ring outlined in orange with the team's name arched around in beige, scripted letters.
Current mascot: Twister (2005-present).
Current Broadcasters: Radio: Pete Sachs
Current Radio Stations: News/Talk 580/94.9 FM WTAG
Official Team Forum and Social Network: http://www.tornadoesfannetwork.com
Unofficial Team Messageboard: http://tornadoes.mordel.net/index.php

External links

References

  1. ^ "Tornadoes Sold" - Shaun Sutner,Telegram and Gazette. http://telegram.com/article/20091005/NEWS/910059966/1116
Achievements
Preceded by
New Jersey Jackals
2004 Northeast
Can-Am League Champions
Worcester Tornadoes

2005
Succeeded by
Québec Capitales
2006

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