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The New Britain Rock Cats are a minor league baseball team being located in the town of New Britain of Connecticut. It plays in the Eastern League as a Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins major-league club. The Rock Cats usually play in New Britain Stadium.
The Cats have announced former Major League pitcher Bobby Cuellar as their manager for the 2008 season, he had replaced Riccardo Ingram, 2006 and 2007 campaigns fame. The history of the franchise could be traced back to Pittsfield of Massachusetts.
It was the home of the Red Sox' Double-A affiliate from 1965 to 1969. The franchise had later moved to the Rhode Island in 1970. At the time, when the Pawtucket Red Sox became a Triple-A team in 1973, they had moved to Bristol.
The team had played at Muzzy Field for ten seasons from 1973 to 1982. Starting with the 1983 season, owner Joe Buzas moved the team some 10 miles east to New Britain.
As it was thought that the Beehive Field could not be used further and the new facilities were present in other cities around the league. Buzas had to make a choice of staying in New Britain and building a new stadium or to move to the franchise again.
The Red Sox supported the idea of moving to Springfield because it was closer to their fan base and closer to the Western Mass home of Duquette. Despite the favors, Buzas decided to stay in the year of 1994. The Red Sox immediately cancelled their affiliation and moved it to Trenton.
Buzas, who had also owned the Salt Lake Buzz, signed a new development agreement with the Minnesota Twins in 1995, and this affiliation has continued since. The current ballpark, New Britain Stadium, opened in 1996.
The team name changed to the current New Britain Rock Cats in 1997. Stanley Works continues to be a significant sponsor of the team and ballpark. The team was involved in several lawsuits over its Friday night fireworks displays in the years of 2003 and 2004.
It was filed by the group of residents living near the stadium, who had claimed that the noise was disruptive, and the ash and debris damaged their cars and homes.
The New Britain Rock Cats had celebrated its 25th consecutive year of baseball in the year of 2007. Being a part of the festivities of the anniversary season, the team asked fans to help select a 25th Anniversary Team.
In response, nearly 6,000 fans cast ballots - 80-percent of which were submitted in person at the stadium with the remainder of votes being cast online. New Britain fans selected a total of 25 players, including eight pitchers, 10 infielders, two catchers, four outfielders, a designated hitter, and an all-time manager.
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