New Hampshire Fisher Cats

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Team History[edit]

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, of the Eastern League and briefly in Double-A Northeast, quickly learned a thing or two about New Hampshire politics. The Toronto Blue Jays farmhands play their home games at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, NH.

In 2004, the recently sold New Haven Ravens announced, in conjunction with moving to Manchester, that they would become the "New Hampshire Primaries" - complete with an elephant-and-donkey-in-stars-and-stripes logo - but the local populace shouted that down. "Fisher Cats" won the subsequent "Name the Team" contest, but "Primaries" debuted as an alternate nickname in August 2007 and has been used occasionally since. The Cats also sometimes uses the contest also-ran "Granite State Mountain Men".

A fisher, a type of weasel that is prized for its pelt, is often called a fisher cat - especially in New England. Oddly, they aren't felines and they don't eat fish.[1]

The Cats play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Gatos Feroces de New Hampshire (New Hampshire Wild Cats, or literally Ferocious Cats).

Year-by-Year History[edit]

2004[edit]

2004-2007 logo

In their first season, the Fisher Cats won the Eastern League title under the leadership of skipper Mike Basso. Shortstop Aaron Hill hit .280 with 11 home runs and was an All-Star. Gustavo Chacin starred for the club on the mound, winning 16 games and striking out 109.

2005[edit]

The Fisher Cats moved to a new ballpark, Fisher Cats Ballpark, in 2005 but fell below .500 and missed out on the playoffs. Josh Banks anchored the rotation with 8 wins, a 3.83 ERA, and 145 strikeouts, and closer Lee Gronkiewicz notched 24 saves.

2006[edit]

Under new manager Doug Davis in now corporately named Merchantsauto.com Stadium, the Fisher Cats lost one fewer game in 2006 than the previous year. Outfielder Adam Lind hit .310 with 19 homers in 91 games and was an All-Star, and catcher Curtis Thigpen hit .259 with 5 triples. On the mound, Mike MacDonald won 13 games and recorded 103 strikouts, while Ismael Ramirez posted a 2.08 ERA.

2007[edit]

Led by skipper Bill Masse, the Fisher Cats improved by two wins in 2007 but still finished sub-.500 and missed the playoffs again. Catcher Robinzon Diaz hit .316 in 74 games, and outfielder David Smith knocked 24 home runs and drove in 70 runs.

2008[edit]

The Fisher Cats posted their worst record in 2008, falling 20 games below .500, but drew 373,227 fans, a franchise-best. Second baseman Scott Campbell hit .302, and outfielder Travis Snider hit 17 homers and had 67 RBIs.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Coach
2004 84-57 2nd Mike Basso League Champs Jim Bowie Rick Adair
2005 68-74 9th Mike Basso Gary Cathcart Dave LaRoche
2006 68-73 7th Doug Davis Gary Cathcart Dave LaRoche
2007 70-73 8th Bill Masse Ken Joyce Dave LaRoche
2008 61-81 11th Gary Cathcart Ken Joyce Dave LaRoche
2009 64-78 10th Gary Cathcart Paul Elliott Tom Signore
2010 79-62 3rd Luis Rivera Lost in 1st round Ralph Dickenson Tom Signore
2011 77-65 1st Sal Fasano League Champs Justin Mashore Pete Walker
2012 61-81 11th Sal Fasano Jon Nunnally Tom Signore
2013 68-72 7th Gary Allenson Richie Hebner Tom Signore
2014 66-76 9th(t) Bobby Meacham Jon Nunnally Jim Czajkowski
2015 69-71 8th(t) Bobby Meacham Stubby Clapp Bob Stanley
2016 69-73 7th Bobby Meacham Stubby Clapp Vince Horsman
2017 59-80 12th Gary Allenson Ronnie Ortegon Vince Horsman Andy Fermin
2018 78-62 4th John Schneider League Champs Hunter Mense Vince Horsman Andy Fermin
2019 63-76 9th Mike Mordecai Donnie Murphy Vince Horsman Andy Fermin
2020 Season cancelled
2021 52-55 8th Cesar Martin Matt Hague Jim Czajkowski Chris Schaeffer
2022 Cesar Martin Matt Hague Jim Czajkowski Chris Schaeffer, Matt von Roemer

External Sites[edit]

NHFisherCats.com