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The Carolina Mudcats are a minor league baseball team based in the eastern suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolinamarker. The team, which plays in the Southern League, are the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds major-league club.

History

The Mudcats' origins date back to 1959, when the Chicago White Sox' Southern Association/Southern League affiliate began play in Charleston, South Carolinamarker. During the 1960s the team moved several times, finally settling in Columbus, Georgiamarker, in 1969. The club's arrival in Columbus marked the beginning of a period of relative stability. For the next two decades the team played its home games in Columbus' historic Golden Parkmarker as an affiliate of the Houston Astros. Following the 1988 season, new owner Steve Bryant held a contest among season-ticket holders to rename the team. As a result, in 1989 the team became known as the Columbus Mudcats. In 1991, Bryant moved the club to North Carolinamarker and renamed it the Carolina Mudcats. That move coincidentally allowed the team to retain its logo unchanged - a large C encircling a catfish.

Today, the Mudcats play in Five County Stadiummarker in Zebulon, North Carolinamarker. Built in 1991 and renovated in 1999, the park seats 6,500 fans. The park is located in Wake Countymarker, but it is near Nashmarker, Johnstonmarker, Franklinmarker and Wilsonmarker counties, hence the ballpark's name.The Mudcats have claimed two Southern League championships since moving to North Carolina, the first in 1995 and the second in 2003.

Straight to the Majors

During their years as an affiliate of the Florida Marlins, the Marlins had elected to bring many of their top prospects up to the major leagues directly from Carolina. (This is partially due to the geographic proximity of the Mudcats compared to the Marlins' former Class AAA club in Albuquerque, New Mexicomarker, and partially due to the Pacific Coast League's reputation as a hitter-friendly league.) Some of the players who the Marlins have brought up directly from Carolina include Dontrelle Willis, Miguel Cabrera, Jason Vargas, Scott Olsen, Logan Kensing (who was brought up directly from Class A Jupiter the previous year), Chris Resop, Josh Johnson, Yorman Bazardo, Jeremy Hermida, Chris Volstad, and Robert Andino.

Current roster

Former Mudcats

Many Mudcats have reached the majors. These are some of the players that have gone on to be successful:



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