Team of the Week:  Montgomery Biscuits

I’m sorry if you have had breakfast already but there is a minor league team in Montgomery, Alabama that probably makes everyone hungry in the Southern League.  The Biscuits are the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.  They have been in Montgomery since 2004 and play in Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium.  

The Biscuits were baked when the Orlando Rays began to decline in attendance from 2000-2003.  The owners announced the team would move to Montgomery.  The Biscuits name was selected from 4,000 entries in a “name the team” contest largely due to the potential marketing possibilities.  The team’s souvenir store is called the “Biscuit Baker” and you may often hear fans chant “Hey Butter Butter” at opposing batters.  During games, biscuits are shot from an air cannon into the stands.

The Biscuits won back-to-back league titles in 2006 & 2007.

Most notable former players are:  Matt Diaz, Evan Longoria, David Price, B.J. Uptown and Seth McClung.

The Biscuits are currently in second place in the Southern League’s North Division with a record of 28-22 in the second half of the season.  They finished 34-36 in the first half.

First Baseman Patrick Leonard leads the team in batting with a .319 batting average.  Taylor Guerrieri leads the Biscuits with the most wins on the pitching staff.  He has a record of 12-5.

The latest news on the Biscuits is not good as one of their fans suffered a “horrifying” eye injury from a foul ball at a recent game.  An errant line drive rocketed into the stands above the home team’s dugout near third base, hitting the woman in the head.  Critics are arguing the case for extended netting to protect fans from stray balls and broken bats at the stadium.

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