Team of the Week:  Hartford Yard Goats

If you’re a minor league baseball player and you play for a team called the yard goats, you would be playing on a Double-A team in Hartford, Connecticut.  The Yard Goats are an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies in the Eastern League.  They are currently third place in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division with a record of 61-45.  They are nine games out of first place.

The Yard Goats were named as part of a “name-the-team” contest which drew over 6,000 submissions.  The name actually is in reference to a railroad slang term for a switch engine which moves trains around a rail yard to prepare them for another locomotive; however the team’s logo features a goat chomping on a baseball bat.

Catcher Troy Stein leads the Yard Goats with a .429 batting average.  German Marquez leads the pitching staff with a 9-5 record and has pitched in 128.2 innings this season.  

In the latest news for the team, owner Josh Solomon has threatened to move the team if the new stadium is not completed by the end of 2016.  The Yard Goats were supposed to move into Dunkin Donuts Park this season but construction delays have left the team without a home for the rest of their inaugural season in Hartford.    The franchise moved from New Britain, Connecticut to Hartford this season.

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