, 2023-01-05 12:06:38,
Welcome to Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C., home of the Carolina Mudcats. Mingle with a bipedal catfish, gaze upon a team-logo water tower and watch the “micro” Brewers while enjoying a local beer.
Carolina Mudcats (Milwaukee Brewers affiliate since 2017)
League: Carolina League (since 2012)
Ballpark: Five County Stadium (opened 1991)
Championships: 1995, 2003 (in the Southern League)
Notable Alumni: Jason Kendall, Tim Wakefield, Adrian Gonzalez, Didi Gregorius, Matt Holliday, Miguel Cabrera, Dontrelle Willis, Francisco Lindor
The Carolinas, long a Minor League Baseball hotbed, are currently home to 15 teams (10 in North Carolina and five in South Carolina). The Carolina Mudcats, members of the Carolina League, are, not surprisingly, one of these teams. Specifically, the team operates out of the Raleigh suburb of Zebulon, N.C.
The Carolina Mudcats arrived on the scene in 1991, having relocated from Columbus, Ga. The Mudcats name, adopted in 1989 while the team was still in Columbus, is a slang term for a catfish. This moniker and its corresponding logo, which became a pre-internet viral sensation, beat out Generals, Cannons, River Rats and Scrambled Dogs (a local frankfurter-based culinary specialty) in a name the team contest.
The Carolina Mudcats were members of the Double-A Southern League from 1991 through 2011, a period of time in which they were affiliated with Pittsburgh, Colorado, Florida and Cincinnati. Following the 2011 season, the Double-A Mudcats relocated to Pensacola, Fla. and became the Blue Wahoos. In a corresponding move, the Kinston Indians of the Class A Advanced Carolina League relocated to Zebulon and assumed the Mudcats mantle.
The Mudcats began their current affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017, following three years with Cleveland (2012-14) and two with Atlanta (2015-16). Following the 2017 season, the Brewers became majority owners of the team. In 2021, following a larger restructuring of Minor League Baseball, the Carolina League was reclassified as a Single-A circuit.
Five County Stadium
Zebulon, NC 27597
Dimensions: left field, 330 feet; center field, 400 feet; right field, 309 feet
Five County Stadium was built in an inauspicious, albeit strategic, location, just outside of the territorial rights of the Greensboro Grasshoppers and Durham Bulls. The five…
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