The Wilmington Blue Rocks, formerly of the Carolina League, briefly in High-A East, and now in the South Atlantic League, wear a nickname that dates to a 1940 "Name the Team" contest. The Washington Nationals' farmhands play their home games at Judy Johnson Field at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, DE.
What's a blue rock? The contest winner, 73-year-old Robert Miller, said he was thinking of the blue granite along the Brandywine River; a chunk decorates the entrance to Frawley Stadium. That incarnation of Blue Rocks was a perennial playoff team in the Class B Interstate League from 1940 to 1952 and saw future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts among those who donned its uniform.
In 2014, Main Street Baseball bought the Binghamton Mets to bring Double-A baseball to Wilmington - but B-Mets majority owner Mike Urda canceled the sale and later sold the club to John Hughes, who kept it in Binghamton. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization goals included getting parent-farm tandems closer together, and the Kansas City Royals brought their High-A players about 750 miles closer as the Quad Cities River Bandits.
- * Series canceled with Wilmington and Myrtle Beach tied at two games apiece.