Florida Fire Frogs

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Florida Fire Frogs
Founded in 2017
North Port, Florida
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Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
Class A-Advanced (2017–present)
League Florida State League (2017–present)
DivisionNorth Division
Major league affiliations
Team Atlanta Braves (2017–present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (0)None
Team data
NicknameFlorida Fire Frogs (2017–present)
Previous names
Brevard County Manatees (1994–2016)
ColorsRed, black, orange, gold, white
                        
Ballpark CoolToday Park
Previous parks
Osceola County Stadium (2017–2019)
Space Coast Stadium (1994–2016)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Manatees Baseball Club LLC.
ManagerBarrett Kleinknecht
General ManagerNorth Johnson [1]

The Florida Fire Frogs are a minor league baseball team that plays as a member of the Florida State League and is currently based in North Port, Florida. Until 2020, they were based in Kissimmee, Florida, part of the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. [2] Founded in 2017, the team is the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. [2] They currently play their home games at CoolToday Park, having previously played at Osceola County Stadium.

History

The team's name was announced on October 26, 2016, at the conclusion of a name-the-team contest. [3] The finalists from which the team's name was selected were: Florida Dragonflies, Florida Fire Frogs, Florida Mud Kickers, Florida Rodeo Clowns, Florida Sorcerers, and Florida Toucans. [4]

The team is the relocation of the Brevard County Manatees.

In May 2019, the team accepted a half-million-dollar buyout from Osceola County to leave at the end of the 2019 season. The stadium will be redeveloped as part of a training complex at Osceola Heritage Park for Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer. [5] [6]

In December 2019, the Fire Frogs' co-owner expressed an interest in returning the franchise to Brevard County. Their previous home of Space Coast Stadium is not available. Coastal Florida Sports Park was a possibility, but not until 2021. [7] Its future was further called into question when it was included in a list of teams that may be folded as part of reorganization of Minor League Baseball after the 2020 season. [8]

On January 16, 2020, the Braves announced that the Fire Frogs would play at their new spring training facility, CoolToday Park in North Port, for the 2020 season. [9]

Roster

Florida Fire Frogs roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  •  4 Troy Bacon
  • 33 Walter Borkovich
  • 26 Hayden Deal
  • 30 Caleb Dirks
  • 34 Matt Hartman
  • 38 Daysbel Hernandez
  • 14 Odalvi Javier
  • 13 Sean McLaughlin
  • 25 Freddy Tarnok
  • 32 Brandon S. White
  • 36 Brooks Wilson
  • 39 Matt Withrow
  • 24 Lukas Young

Catchers

  • 16 Logan Brown
  • 12 Rusber Estrada
  •  2 Zack Soria

Infielders

  •  8 Riley Delgado
  • -- AJ Graffanino
  • 20 Kevin Josephina
  • 23 Brett Langhorne
  • 17 Drew Lugbauer
  • 18 Jordan Rodgers
  • 40 Andy Wilkins

Outfielders

  •  7 Shean Michel
  • 11 Andrew Moritz
  • 27 Jefrey Ramos
  •  9 Garrison Schwartz


Manager

  •  5 Barrett Kleinknecht

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Atlanta Braves 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 1, 2019
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Season-by-season

These statistics are current through the 2019 season.

Year League Division Regular season Post-season
1st half 2nd half
Finish Wins Losses Win% GB Finish Wins Losses Win% GB
2017 FSL North 6th 25 41 .379 12 5th 23 40 .365 22
2018 FSL North 6th 29 37 .439 8 6th 22 43 .338 21
2019 FSL North 6th 25 41 .379 16.5 6th 29 41 .414 10
Statistic Wins Losses Win %
All-time regular season record (2017–2019) 153 243 .386

References

  1. ^ "Anderson Steps Down as Fire Frogs President and GM". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. March 29, 2019. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Hill, Benjamin (September 16, 2016). "Braves move A Advanced club to Kissimmee". MiLB.com. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  3. ^ "Team Name Revealed as Florida Fire Frogs". MiLB.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Six Potential Names Revealed for Central Florida Team". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. July 28, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  5. ^ Jackson, Ken (May 31, 2019). "Orlando City confirms it's bringing MLS, developmental training facility to Heritage Park; Fire Frogs sign deal to leave after this season". Osceola News-Gazette. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Reichard, Kevin (May 31, 2019). "Fire Frogs to Depart Osceola County Stadium at End of Season". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved June 1, 2019.
  7. ^ Spedden, Zach (December 20, 2019). "Co-Owner: Return Fire Frogs Franchise to Brevard County". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved December 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Baer, Bill (November 17, 2019). "MLB could eliminate 42 Minor League Baseball teams". Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  9. ^ Zucker, Scott (January 16, 2020). "Florida Fire Frogs will be Cool Today Park's boys of summer". Retrieved January 17, 2020.

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