Chicago Dogs
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Team logo Cap insignia
LeagueAmerican Association of Professional Baseball (East Division)
LocationRosemont, Illinois
BallparkImpact Field
Year founded2018
ColorsLight blue, red, white
OwnershipShawn Hunter
ManagerButch Hobson
MediaAA Baseball TV
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]



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]


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]


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]


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

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

Season-by-season records

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


Active (25-man) roster Coaches/Other


  • 23 Shane Barringer
  • 30 Joe Cavallaro
  • 26 Ryan Clark
  • 20 Justin Goossen-Brown
  • 19 Jeff Kinley
  •  4 Jordan Kipper
  • 39 A.J. Kullman
  • 12 Tanner Lawson
  • 24 Kevin Marnon
  • 38 Kyle Murphy
  • 10 James Reeves
  • 50 Brian Schlitter
  • 32 Paul Schwendel
  • 34 Johnathon Tripp



  • 35 Trent Bauer
  • 15 Ryan Lidge


  •  5 Cosimo Cannella
  • 28 K.C. Hobson
  • 14 Grant Kay
  •  7 Connor Kopach
  •  0 Gustavo Pierre ‡
  •  3 Harrison Smith
  • 13 Stevie Wilkerson





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Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated June 24, 2022

Notable alumni


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  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". Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "COVID-19 restrictions force Chicago Dogs to utilize Milwaukee Milkmen Stadium for 60-game baseball season". June 13, 2020. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  13. ^ "Dogs to Play All Home Games at Impact Field". 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.