Chicago Dogs
Team logo Cap insignia
Information
LeagueAmerican Association of Professional Baseball (East Division)
LocationRosemont, Illinois
BallparkImpact Field
Year founded2018
ColorsLight blue, red, white
     
OwnershipShawn Hunter
ManagerButch Hobson
MediaAA Baseball TV
Websitethechicagodogs.com
The Chicago Dogs playing against the Sioux City Explorers at Impact Field in 2018
The Chicago Dogs playing against the Sioux City Explorers at Impact Field in 2018

The Chicago Dogs are an independent professional baseball team based in Rosemont, Illinois. They are members of the American Association of Professional Baseball, an official Partner League of Major League Baseball.[1] They began play in 2018[2][3] and play home games at the 6,300-seat Impact Field.[4][5] The team's branding alludes to the Chicago-style hot dog, a local street food.[6]

History

2018

In 2018, their first year as a team, the Dogs' manager was Butch Hobson. Former Chicago White Sox minor league pitcher Josh Goossen-Brown was the first player signed by the Chicago Dogs. They finished the season in fourth place (out of six teams) in the American Association North Division, with a win–loss record of 45–54.[7]

2019

In 2019, Carlos Zambrano joined the Dogs' roster. Zambrano had pitched in the major leagues for 12 years, most of them as a member of the Chicago Cubs.[8] Butch Hobson continued to serve as the team's manager.[9] The Dogs finished the season in third place in the North Division, with a record of 59–40.[10]

2020

In 2020, the Dogs competed as one of six league teams in a condensed 60-game season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[11] They were originally slated to play home games at Franklin Field (home of the Milwaukee Milkmen) due to capacity restrictions for outdoor events in Illinois.[12] However, these restrictions were lifted on June 26 (as the state officially moved into Phase 4 of their reopening plan, allowing for outdoor spectator sports to resume at limited capacity) and thus enabled the Dogs to play all their home games at Impact Field.[13]

Mascot

Squeeze, mascot of the Dogs, in 2019
Squeeze, mascot of the Dogs, in 2019

The mascot of the Chicago Dogs is Squeeze, played by Kurt Schnaubelt, is a fuzzy yellow creature who resembles a squeeze bottle of mustard.[14][15]

Season-by-season records

            Record            
Season League Division W–L Finish Win% Playoffs Manager
2018 AA North 45–54 4th .455 Did not qualify Butch Hobson
2019 AA North 59–41 3rd .590 Did not qualify Butch Hobson
2020 AA N/A 26–32 6th .448 Did not qualify Butch Hobson
2021 AA North 63–37 1st .630 Lost division championship to Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Butch Hobson


Roster

Active (22-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 35 John Baker
  • 23 Shane Barringer
  • 44 Cam Booser
  • 33 Michael Bowden
  • 10 Ryan Clark
  • 32 Jase Dalton
  • 12 Christian Day
  • 34 Christian Friedrich
  • 20 Justin Goossen-Brown
  • 10 A. J. Jones ‡
  • 19 Jeff Kinley
  •  4 Jordan Kipper
  • -- Gerardo Martinez
  • -- Kyle Murphy



 

Catchers

  • 25 Ryan Haug
  • 15 Ryan Lidge

Infielders

  •  8 Johnny Adams
  •  5 Cosimo Cannella
  • 28 K. C. Hobson
  • 14 Grant Kay
  • 10 Gustavo Pierre ‡
  •  3 Harrison Smith

Outfielders

 

Manager

Coaches

  • 22 Joe Dominiak (Hitting Coach)
  • 31 Stu Cliburn (Pitching Coach)
  •    Tom Simon (Trainer)

Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated November 2, 2021
Transactions

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ Reichard, Kevin (2020-09-24). "American Association, Frontier League now MLB Partner Leagues". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  2. ^ Reichard, Kevin (July 28, 2017). "New for 2018: Chicago Dogs". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Belzer, Jason (September 13, 2017). "A New Minor League Team Tries To Run With The Big Dogs In Chicago". Forbes. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Bannon, Tim (July 28, 2017). "Rosemont's new baseball team gets a tasty name: Chicago Dogs". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 28, 2017.
  5. ^ "Chicago Dogs to Play Ball in Rosemont". WBBM-TV/CBS Chicago. May 10, 2018. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Selvam, Ashok (July 28, 2017). "Chicago's Love of Hot Dogs Inspires New Baseball Team's Name". Eater Chicago. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 American Association". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Thompson, Phil (May 18, 2019). "Weather Delays His Return, but the Carlos Zambrano Effect Is in Full Force for the Independent Chicago Dogs". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  9. ^ Kenney, Madeline (April 20, 2019). "After 44 Years in Baseball, Chicago Dogs Manager Hobson Wouldn't Change a Thing". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "2019 American Association". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "American Association unveils plans for 2020 season". americanassociationbaseball.com. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "COVID-19 restrictions force Chicago Dogs to utilize Milwaukee Milkmen Stadium for 60-game baseball season". ABC7Chicago.com. June 13, 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  13. ^ "Dogs to Play All Home Games at Impact Field". thechicagodogs.com. Retrieved June 24, 2020.
  14. ^ Reaven, Steve (May 29, 2018). "Chicago Dogs Lose After Ninth-Inning Collapse, But Fans Are Winners at Impact Field". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Bird, Hillary (July 9, 2018). "A Kid's Guide to a Chicago Dogs Baseball Game". Chicago Parent. Retrieved July 11, 2018.