The Hickory Crawdads are a Minor League Baseball team of the South Atlantic League and the Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. They are located in Hickory, North Carolina, and play their home games at L. P. Frans Stadium, which opened in 1993 and has roughly 4,000 fixed seats.
Founded in 1993
Hickory, North Carolina
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||South Atlantic League|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Texas Rangers (2009–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (3)|
|Division titles (8)|
|First half titles (4)|
|Second half titles (3)|
|Nickname||Hickory Crawdads (1993–present)|
|Colors||Red, black, Crawdad blue, white|
|Ballpark||L. P. Frans Stadium (1993–present)|
|Texas Rangers/Hickory Baseball, LLC|
|General Manager||Mark Seaman|
The team relocated from Gastonia, North Carolina, in 1993 when Don Beaver purchased the Gastonia Rangers and moved them to his hometown of Hickory. Following the 2017 season, the Texas Rangers announced that they had purchased the team from Beaver.
Hickory Crawdads roster
Four players and two managers have won South Atlantic League awards in recognition for their performance with the Crawdads.
|SAL Most Valuable Player||J. R. House||2000|
|SAL Most Valuable Player||Walter Young||2002|
|SAL Most Valuable Player||Jorge Cortes||2003|
|SAL Most Valuable Player||Jurickson Profar||2011|
|SAL Most Outstanding Prospect||Walter Young||2002|
|SAL Manager of the Year||Fred Kendall||1994|
|SAL Manager of the Year||Tony Beasley||2002|
- Jim Abbott
- Jorge Alfaro
- José Bautista
- Joe Beimel
- Matt Capps
- Joe Crede
- Rajai Davis
- Zach Duke
- Jerad Eickhoff
- Joey Gallo
- John Grabow
- Odubel Herrera
- Carlos Lee
- Nomar Mazara
- Andrew McCutchen
- Nate McLouth
- Nyjer Morgan
- Rougned Odor
- Magglio Ordóñez
- Steve Pearce
- Martín Pérez
- Jurickson Profar
- Aaron Rowand
- Neil Walker
- Chris Young
Conrad the Crawdad has been the official mascot of the Crawdads since 1993. Conrad, along with his wife Candy, entertain fans during games. The two got engaged on Mother's Day weekend in 2018 and were married in an on-field ceremony on June 24, 2018.
- "Hickory, North Carolina Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
- "Conrad & The Hickory Crawdads" (PDF). At the Yard. January 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
- "Playoff Champions". South Atlantic League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 17, 2019.
- Parker, Mark (June 27, 2017). "25th Anniversary All-Crawdads Team: A Look Back at Players' Success in Hickory". Hickory Record. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
- Cichalski, Dan (August 24, 2002). "Righty Floyd Left Off All-Star Team". Asbury Park Press. Asbury Park, New Jersey. p. C5. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
- "Profar Voted Sal MVP, 'Dads Have Three All-Stars". Hickory Crawdads. Minor League Baseball. August 30, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
- "Crawdads Alumni Report February 4". Hickory Crawdads. Minor League Baseball. January 29, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
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