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Encyclopedia > Connecticut Defenders
Connecticut Defenders
League Eastern League
Division Northern Division
Year founded 1995
Major League affiliation San Francisco Giants
Home ballpark Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium
Previous home ballparks
City Norwich, Connecticut
Current uniform colors black, blue, silver
Previous uniform colors black, orange
Logo design the wordmark "Defenders" superimposed over a black ring and a baseball-bat, submarine combination.
Division titles
League titles 2002
Manager Dave Machemer
Owner Lou DiBella

The Connecticut Defenders are a minor league baseball team based in Norwich, Connecticut. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants major-league club. The Defenders play in Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium, located in Norwich; opened in 1995, it seats 6,275 fans. The Defenders were known as the Norwich Navigators from 1995 until October 2005. Prior to the 2003 season, the Navigators were an affiliate of the New York Yankees. Image File history File links ConnecticutDefenders_100. ... The Eastern League is a minor league baseball league which operates primarily in the northeastern United States, although it now has a team in Ohio. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Ballpark AT&T Park (2000–present) a. ... Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium is a stadium in Norwich, Connecticut. ... Norwich, known as The Rose of New England, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... Norwich, known as The Rose of New England, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. ... The Eastern League is a minor league baseball league which operates primarily in the northeastern United States, although it now has a team in Ohio. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,4,11,24,27,30,36,44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Ballpark AT&T Park (2000–present) a. ... Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium is a stadium in Norwich, Connecticut. ... 2005 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in October 28: Richard Smalley 26: Emil Kyulev 24: José Azcona del Hoyo 24: Rosa Parks 23: Stella Obasanjo 22: Liam Lawlor 22: Shirley Horn 20: Endon Mahmood 17: Ba Jin 10: Milton Obote 7: Charles... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as Americans...


The Defenders are currently managed by Dave Machemer.


The Defenders will host the Eastern League All-Star Game at Dodd Stadium on July 11, 2007. July 11 is the 192nd day (193rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 173 days remaining. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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History

On June 3, 1994, the Yankees announced they would move their double-A franchise from Albany, New York, where it had been known as the Albany-Colonie Yankees since 1985. Ground was broken for a new stadium in Norwich on November 3 of that year, and the team began play on April 6, 1995, with a win over Bowie. The home opener occurred 11 days later and was another Navigators victory (this time over Reading). June 3 is the 154th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (155th in leap years), with 211 days remaining. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... Location in Albany County and the State of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York County Albany Founded 1614 Incorporated 1686 Mayor Gerald D. Jennings Area    - City 56. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 3 is the 307th day of the year (308th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 58 days remaining. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Bowie Baysox are a class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. ... The Reading Phillies are a minor league baseball team based in Reading, Pennsylvania. ...


Norwich reached the Eastern League playoffs four times in six years, with many current or former New York Yankees leading the way. On September 14, 2002, the Navigators won their first and only Eastern League championship with a five-game series victory at home over Harrisburg, under the direction of rookie manager Luis Sojo. September 14 is the 257th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (258th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The Harrisburg Senators are a minor league baseball team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ... Luis Sojo Luis Beltrán Sojo [SO-ho] (born January 3, 1965 in Petare, Miranda State, Venezuela) is a former Major League Baseball infielder and right-handed batter who played with the Toronto Blue Jays (1990, 1993), California Angels (1991-92), Seattle Mariners (1994-96), New York Yankees (1996-2001...


Within weeks, the Yankees announced that they were ending their affiliation with the Navigators and beginning one with the Trenton Thunder. Later that fall, the Giants signed on as the new parent club, effective for the 2003 season. League Eastern League Division Northern Division Year founded 1989 Major League affiliation New York Yankees Home ballpark Mercer County Waterfront Park Previous home ballparks Labatt Park City Trenton, New Jersey Current uniform colors blue, black Previous uniform colors navy, orange Logo design A T with the Greek god Zeus holding... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2005, the team was bought by a group led by boxing promoter Lou DiBella. With attendance figures declining, management announced an overhaul of the franchise's image and held a contest during the season allowing the public to select a new name and logo for the franchise. These were unveiled on November 14, and a new mascot (a bald eagle) debuted eight days later. Another contest was held to name the mascot, and on February 11, 2006, "Cutter" was christened. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left) versus Rafael Ortíz Boxing, also called Western Boxing, prizefighting (when referring to professional boxing) or the sweet science (a common nickname among fans), is a sport and martial art in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their... November 14 is the 318th day of the year (319th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 47 days remaining until the end of the year. ... Binomial name Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Linnaeus, 1766) The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), also known as the American Eagle, is a bird of prey found in North America, most recognizable as the national bird of the United States. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The "Defenders" name, and the bald eagle mascot, are a reference to the United States Coast Guard Academy located a short drive away in New London, and also to the U.S. submarine base also located nearby in Groton. In 2005, the team sponsored several rallies in support of the sub base after it was placed on the Base Realignment and Closure list. The base was eventually removed from the list. Welcome sign outside the front gate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London. ... Nickname: The Whaling City Motto: MARE LIBERUM Coordinates: Country United States of America State Connecticut County New London Established 1646 (Pequot Plantation) Named 1658 (New London) Incorporated 1784 Mayor Beth Sabilla City Manager Martin Berliner Supt. ... The town of Groton, Connecticut is host to SUBASE New London and the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics. ... Waterfront of Groton, Connecticut looking upriver Groton is a town located on the Thames River in New London County, Connecticut. ... Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the US Armed Forces, used by the United States Department of Defense and Congress to close excess military installations and realign the total asset inventory in order to save...


As part of the ownership and name changes, the Defenders also signed a lease extension on Dodd Stadium that will keep the franchise in place through at least the 2009 season. The team holds an option for an additional three-year extension after that. 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Alumni

Notable players to pass through the franchise include...

The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Mike Figga (born July 31, 1970) was a catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Randy Alan Flores (born July 31, 1975 in Bellflower, California), is a Major League Baseball pitcher currently with the St. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... Nick Johnson (born September 19, 1978 in Sacramento, California) is a first baseman in Major League Baseball, currently with the Washington Nationals. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Ricky Ledee (born November 22, 1973) is a Major League Baseball player from Puerto Rico. ... The position of the third baseman Third base redirects here. ... Mike Lowell (born February 24, 1974 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, of Cuban parents)[1] is a Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who is now a member of the Boston Red Sox. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ramiro Mendoza (born June 15, 1972 in Los Santos, Panama) is a Major League Baseball middle relief pitcher. ... The position of the shortstop A shortstop moves to his left, toward the center of the field, to play a ground ball Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Alfonso Guilleard/Pacheco Soriano (born January 7, 1976 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball player with the Washington Nationals. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Shane Spencer is an baseball outfielder, currently with the Hanshin Tigers. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... George Andrew Andy Phillips (born on April 6, 1977 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) is a Major League Baseball utility infielder for the New York Yankees. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Marcus Thames is a left fielder who currently plays for the Detroit Tigers and has a career batting average of . ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Matthew Cain (born October 1, 1984 in Dothan, Alabama) is a pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Full name Justin Joseph Knoedler. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Brad Hennessey is a starting pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. ... An outfielder moves in to catch a fly ball Outfielder is a collective term including left fielder, center fielder, and right fielder, the three positions in baseball farthest from the batter. ... Daniel David Ortmeier is a backup outfielder for the San Francisco Giants. ...

Season records

(Place indicates finish in Northern Division)

  • 1995: 70-71 (3rd), manager Jimmy Johnson
  • 1996: 71-70 (3rd), manager Jim Essian
  • 1997: 73-69 (2nd), manager Trey Hillman
  • 1998: 66-76 (4th), manager Trey Hillman
  • 1999: 78-64 (2nd), manager Lee Mazzilli
  • 2000: 76-66 (3rd), manager Dan Radison
  • 2001: 83-59 (2nd), manager Stump Merrill
  • 2002: 76-64 (1st), manager Stump Merrill
  • 2003: 62-79 (6th), manager Shane Turner
  • 2004: 69-74 (5th), manager Shane Turner
  • 2005: 71-72 (3rd), manager Dave Machemer
  • 2006: 64-77 (5th), manager Dave Machemer

1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... James Sarkis Essian, Jr. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Stump Merrill (born February 25, 1944) is a former manager in Major League Baseball who served as manager of the New York Yankees in 1990 and 1991. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Stump Merrill (born February 25, 1944) is a former manager in Major League Baseball who served as manager of the New York Yankees in 1990 and 1991. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Playoffs

1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Portland Sea Dogs, established in 1994, are the Double-A minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Old Farts by the Sometimes-United Nations. ... League Eastern League Division Northern Division Year founded 1989 Major League affiliation New York Yankees Home ballpark Mercer County Waterfront Park Previous home ballparks Labatt Park City Trenton, New Jersey Current uniform colors blue, black Previous uniform colors navy, orange Logo design A T with the Greek god Zeus holding... The Harrisburg Senators are a minor league baseball team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The New Britain Rock Cats are a minor league baseball team based in New Britain, Connecticut. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are a minor league baseball team based in Manchester, New Hampshire. ... The Harrisburg Senators are a minor league baseball team based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. ...

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