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Visalia Oaks

The Visalia Rawhide are a minor league baseball team in Visalia, California, U.S. They are a Class A - Advanced team of the Arizona Diamondbacks operating in the California League and have recently agreed to renew their affiliation through 2016.

The Rawhide play their home games at Recreation Park which opened in 1946 and seats approximately 2,700 fans. In 2009, the City of Visalia completed 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, 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. This change went into effect for the 2009 season; for the previous fourteen seasons, the team was known as the Oaks.

Casey Jones/Casey at the Bat

The Visalia Ballclub also keeps alive the tradition of the Mighty Casey, the main folklore hero of "Casey at the Bat" and the "Mudville Nine", even wearing the old-fashioned Mudville Nine uniforms once per season as part of a turn back the clock promotion.

Visalia is one of the 4 oldest cities of the Cal League, along with San Jose, California (the San Jose Giants/Bees); Modesto, California (the Modesto Nuts/A's) and the previous past in Lodi, California north of Stockton which goes back 70 years to 1941.

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 was 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, Tampa Bay Rays, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Radio Broadcast

The Rawhide are heard terrestrially on KJUG AM 1270 and over the internet through their website www.rawhidebaseball.com

Pop Culture

As a minor league affiliate of the Oakland A's at the time, the Visalia Oaks were mentioned twice during the 2011 movie Moneyball (which took place in 2002). In the 1988 film Bull Durham, Visalia was mentioned as a potential managing job for aging catcher Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner.

Roster

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 21 Andrew Barbosa
  • 16 Kaleb Fleck
  • 29 Conrad Flynn
  • -- Ray Hernandez
  • 25 Keith Hessler
  • 27 RJ Hively
  • 38 Eddie McKiernan
  • 37 Anthony Meo
  • 15 Diogenes Rosario
  • 39 Frank Santana
  • 14 Patrick Schuster
  •  1 Seth Simmons
  •  4 Brandon Sinnery
  • 34 Daniel Watts
  • 11 Cody Wheeler

Catchers

  • 23 Ronnie Freeman
  • 12 Steve Rodriguez

Infielders

  • 26 Jon Griffin
  • 22 Matt Helm
  • 17 Sean Jamieson
  • 24 Jake Lamb
  •  8 Kevin Medrano
  •  2 Gerson Montilla
  • 13 Raul Navarro

Outfielders

  •  6 Tom Belza
  •  7 Evan Marzilli
  • 19 David Nick
  • 40 David Peralta
  •  5 Ryan Stovall

Manager

Coaches


7-day disabled list
* On Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated August 13, 2013
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Arizona Diamondbacks minor league players


Alumni

External links

  • Visalia Rawhide Official Site
  • FutureBacks.com - In-depth Rawhide coverage


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