Delmarva Shorebirds
Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassSingle-A (2022–present)
Previous classes
LeagueCarolina League (2022–present)
DivisionNorth Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
TeamBaltimore Orioles (1997–present)
Previous teamsMontreal Expos (1996)
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1997
  • 2000
Team data
NameDelmarva Shorebirds
Previous names
Albany Polecats (1992–1995)[1] Sumter Flyers (1991)
ColorsBlack, orange, white
     
BallparkArthur W. Perdue Stadium
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
7th Inning Stretch LP
General managerChris Bitters
ManagerFelipe Alou Jr.

The Delmarva Shorebirds are a Minor League Baseball team based in Salisbury, Maryland. They are members of the Carolina League and the Single-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Their home games are played at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The Shorebirds were members of the Class A South Atlantic League (SAL) from 1996 to 2020 and the Low-A East in 2021, though this was renamed the Carolina League and reclassified as Single-A in 2022. They won two SAL championships, in 1997 and 2000. Also in 1997, the Shorebirds received Baseball America's Bob Freitas Award for Class A baseball.

History

Frank Perdue's desire for a professional baseball team based in Maryland's Eastern Shore was the driving force in bringing a franchise to Salisbury. Joining the Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership, owners of the Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys, set the concept in motion.[2] By Autumn 1995 Maryland Baseball purchased the Albany Polecats from Richard M. Holtzman, relocated the franchise to Salisbury and renamed it the Delmarva Shorebirds.[1] The name "Shorebirds" refers to the marine waterfowl of the Delmarva Peninsula. The team name was chosen by 7-year-old Katie Duffy of Newark, Delaware.[3] The team's geographic appellation is a portmanteau of the states that govern counties on the peninsula: Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia (abbreviated VA).

The Shorebirds' first-ever game at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium was a 4–2 win over the Columbus RedStixx before a crowd of 5,787 on April 17, 1996. After fulfilling its two-year Player Development Contract with the Montreal Expos, it officially became an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles on September 26, 1996.[2]

The Shorebirds hosted the 2011 South Atlantic League "Strike Out Hunger" All-Star Game on June 21, 2011.[4] The Shorebirds partnered with Perdue Farms, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and Delmarva's three food banks: Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware, and the Eastern Shore Branch of the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia; to help "Strike Out Hunger".[5] Perdue and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore donated $20 to the food banks for each strike out by a Shorebirds pitcher during the Shorebirds 2011 season.[6]

The Kyle Moore-managed Shorebirds in 2019 clinched their first postseason berth since 2005 by winning the SAL Northern Division first-half title with the minors' best midseason record at 48–21. A franchise-best 90–48 finish made them the 14th SAL team since 1980 to reach 90 wins in a regular season and the first since the Augusta GreenJackets in 2006.[7][8] The season ended when the Shorebirds were swept by the Hickory Crawdads in the best-of-three SAL Northern Division Championship Series.[9]

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's restructuring of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Shorebirds were organized into the Low-A East.[10] In 2022, the Low-A East became known as the Carolina League, the name historically used by the regional circuit prior to the 2021 reorganization.[11]

Radio

The Shorebirds can be found on Fox Sports 960 AM, the Shorebirds' Flagship Station since 2005.[12] Will DeBoer has been the radio voice of the Shorebirds since 2017[13] but is being replaced for the 2021 season by Sam Jellinek. Former announcers include Randy Scott, Bret Lasky and Brendan Gulick.

Roster

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Darlin Alcantara
  • 40 Zane Barnhart
  •  7 Carter Baumler
  • 37 Hugo Beltran
  • 38 Randy Beriguete
  • 23 Braxton Bragg
  • -- Bradley Brehmer
  •  1 Moises Chace
  • -- Wyatt Cheney
  •  4 Deivy Cruz
  • 41 Luis De Leon
  • 29 Juan De Los Santos
  • -- Pablo Falconett
  • -- Jarlin Guerrero
  • 10 Kelvin LaRoche
  • -- Kiefer Lord
  • 14 Jack Maruskin
  • -- Andry Mercedes
  • 25 Blake Money
  • -- Trey Nordmann
  • 17 Juan Rojas
  • 43 Brayner Sanchez
  • -- Luis Sanchez
  • 34 Teddy Sharkey
  • 39 Angel Vargas
  • 26 Ty Weatherly

Catchers

  • 11 Randy Florentino
  • 19 Brayan Hernandez
  • 32 Aneudis Mordan
  • 31 Cole Urman

Infielders

  • 18 Adam Crampton
  • -- Rolphy Cruz
  • 27 Anderson De Los Santos
  • 16 Noelberth Romero
  • 30 Angel Tejada
  •  3 Luis Valdez
  •  2 Jalen Vasquez

Outfielders

  • 12 Stiven Acevedo
  • 28 Jake Cunningham
  • -- Mishael Deson
  • 21 Tavian Josenberger


Manager

Coaches

  • 31 Adam Bleday (pitching)
  • 32 Josh Bunselmeyer (hitting)
  •  6 Daniel Fajardo (fundamentals)
  • 13 Collin Murray (development)


7-day injured list
* On Baltimore Orioles 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated November 16, 2023
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Carolina League
Baltimore Orioles minor league players

Notable alumni

Team Mascot "Sherman the Shorebird"

References

  1. ^ a b Baker, Kent (September 21, 1995). "South Atlantic League will have Delmarva Shorebirds next season; Kirk group buying team, will move it to Salisbury". The Baltimore Sun.
  2. ^ a b Northam, Mitchell (September 13, 2015). "20 Years: The Delmarva Shorebirds". The Daily Times. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Delmarva Shorebirds celebrate 20th anniversary this season | Nate Sounds Off | Coconut Times OCMD". www.coconuttimes.com. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "2011 All-Star Game". Delmarva Shorebirds. MiLB. October 13, 2010. Archived from the original on April 11, 2011.
  5. ^ "Plans Announced to "Strike Out Hunger"". Delmarva Shorebirds. MiLB. February 2, 2011. Archived from the original on November 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Perdue, CFES to Donate $20 Per Strike Out". Delmarva Shorebirds. MiLB. April 13, 2011. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012.
  7. ^ Melewski, Steve (June 12, 2019). "Division champs: Delmarva celebrates clinching a playoff berth". Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Jellinek, Sam (September 2, 2019). "Shorebirds Rally for 90th Win". MiLB.com. Delmarva Shorebirds. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Jellinek, Sam. "'Birds Season Ends in Sweep to Hickory," Delmarva Shorebirds, Friday, September 6, 2019. Retrieved September 6, 2019
  10. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  11. ^ "Historical League Names to Return in 2022". Minor League Baseball. March 16, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  12. ^ "Shorebirds Renew Partnership with 960 The Sports Animal". www.wboc.com. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  13. ^ Northam, Mitchell (October 21, 2016). "Shorebirds hire new radio voice, front office staff". The Daily Times. Retrieved November 8, 2018.