Cape Catfish

The Cape Catfish are a franchise of the Prospect League that plays in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.[1]

Cape Catfish

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Information
LeagueProspect League (West)
LocationCape Girardeau, MO
BallparkCapaha Field
Year founded2018
OwnershipAnand "Andy" Patel, Mark Hogan, Kishan Patel and James Limbaugh
ManagementMark Hogan (GM)
ManagerSteve Larkin
MediaThe Southeast Missourian
WebsiteCapeCatfish.com

The Catfish play in the Prospect League's West Division, joining the DuPage Pistol Shrimp, Hannibal Hoots, Normal CornBelters, Quincy Gems and Springfield Sliders.[2]

Ownership

The team is owned by a partnership group that includes Anand "Andy" Patel, Mark Hogan, and James Limbaugh.[3][4] Hogan, a retired former baseball coach at Southeast Missouri State University,[5] will also serve as the team's General Manager.

Name origin

The Catfish name, a reference to the state fish of Missouri, was chosen by potential fans of the new team from a list of names that also included the Cape Bluebirds, in reference to the Eastern bluebird, which is the state bird of Missouri, and the Cape Steamboats, in honor of the Mississippi River city's history as a port on the river.[6] "Catfish" received about 37% of the vote fan vote, beating out "Bluebirds" and "Steamboats", which received 32% and 31% of the vote, respectively.[1]

Stadium

The Catfish play in 2,000 seat Capaha Field. The stadium, also home to Southeast Missouri State University's baseball team, received significant renovations prior to the beginning of the team's first season.[7]

Inaugural season

On October 16, 2018, the team announced that former Texas Rangers and Cincinnati Reds farmhand Steve Larkin will serve as the manager for the 2019 season.[8] The team clinched the league's West Division championship on August 1st,[9] tying the league record for wins in a season in the process.[10]

Seasons

SeasonManagerRecordWin %LeagueDivisionGBPost-season recordPost-season win %Post-season resultNotes
2019Steve Larkin43–17.7171st1st0.02–2.500Lost League Championship series, 2-1
Totals43-17.717

    References

    1. "New for 2019 - Cape Catfish! | Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC". www.prospectleague.com. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
    2. "NEW FOR 2019: DuPage Pistol Shrimp | Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC". www.prospectleague.com. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
    3. Hinton, Kyle. "Cape Catfish merchandise to be available soon". Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
    4. "Cape Girardeau Prospect Team Unveils Name and Logo" (PDF). CapeCatfish.com. 2018-05-04. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
    5. "Mark Hogan Retires After 18 Years as Head Coach - Southeast Missouri State University". Southeast Missouri State University. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
    6. "Voters choose name for Cape's new prospect league team". Archived from the original on 2018-06-12. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
    7. "Cape council goes to bat for baseball team, approves planning contract for Capaha Field improvements; seeks redevelopment proposals for Esquire Theater". seMissourian.com. 2018-04-17. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
    8. "Steve Larkin Named Inaugural Catfish Manager | Prospect Collegiate Baseball LLC". www.prospectleague.com. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
    9. Richards, Todd. "Cape Catfish win Western Division title". KFVS12.com. Retrieved 2019-08-06.
    10. "PROSPECT LEAGUE PROSPECT(US) | Cape Catfish". www.capecatfish.com. Retrieved 2019-08-06.


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