|League||Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (Liberty Division)|
|Ballpark||The Ballpark at Harbor Yard|
|Nickname(s)||Park City Blues, Park City Nine, The Fish, Magic City|
|League championships||1 (1999)|
|Division championships||5 (1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2010)|
Navy blue, teal, silver, white
|Retired numbers||42, 21, 1, 19|
|General Manager||Jamie Toole|
The Bridgeport Bluefish is an American professional baseball team based in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The team is a member of the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. They play their home games at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
History of Bridgeport baseball
The game of baseball was first played in Bridgeport, Connecticut soon after the Civil War ended. Teams that called the city home included the Victors, Soubrettes, Orators, Crossmen, Mechanics, Hustlers, Bolts, Americans, Bees and the Bears. Bridgeport was the home of Major Leaguer James "Orator" O'Rourke, who signed the first African-American to play for a professional baseball team in 1895. Visiting Major League and Negro League teams often played exhibition games in the shadow of the Bridgeport's smokestacks. The last affiliated minor league baseball team, the Bridgeport Bees, played in the Interstate League and the Colonial League from 1941 to 1950. Professional baseball would not be played in Bridgeport for about another half-century, until the arrival of the Bluefish in 1998.
The first game of the Bridgeport Bluefish was May 21, 1998, and the team has had many winning seasons. The team has been to five Atlantic League Championship Series, and won in 1999 versus the Somerset Patriots. They lost to Atlantic City (1998), Newark (2002) Lancaster (2006) and to York (2010).
The Bluefish, and the Atlantic League itself, tend to attract veteran minor leaguers as well as the occasional Major Leaguer at the end of their careers. Some of the former major-leaguers who have sported Bluefish jerseys include Endy Chávez, Shea Hillenbrand, Alex Hinshaw, José Offerman, Edgardo Alfonzo, Deivi Cruz, Junior Spivey, Quinton McCracken, Antonio Alfonseca, Willy Mo Pena, Joey Gathright, Adam Greenberg and Mariano Duncan.
The Bluefish won their first league championship in 1999, and have won the most games in Atlantic League history. The land under The Ballpark at Harbor Yard was purchased by the city of Bridgeport from Donald Trump for $1 and with the forgiveness of back taxes owed on the property. The Jenkins Valve plant was demolished to make way for the stadium. The success of the Bluefish led to major redevelopment of the South End, including construction of the Arena at Harbor Yard and a multi-use parking garage. In many ways, the renaissance of Bridgeport was started by the Bluefish.
The original founders of the Bluefish were Mickey Herbert, Jack McGregor, Mary-Jane Foster, and the Bridgeport Waterfront Investors. Herbert anchored the team through a mayoral scandal and difficult financial circumstances. Prior to the 2006 season, the franchise was purchased by Get Hooked, LLC, a group of investors from Fairfield County that included McGregor and Foster. However, Get Hooked dropped the Bluefish prior to the 2008 season in favor of seeking a new ballpark for the city of Yonkers, New York. The Bluefish were purchased by Frank Boulton, who is also the owner of the Long Island Ducks and the founder of the Atlantic League.
The Bluefish became the first team in Atlantic League history to record 1,000 victories as a franchise in 2012. On June 27, 2012 the Bluefish defeated the York Revolution 2-1 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard to capture the victory.
For one day in May 2016 Jennie Finch was a guest manager for the Bluefish, thus becoming the first woman to manage a professional baseball team. The team played and won one game that day.
Logos and uniforms
The official colors of the Bridgeport Bluefish are navy blue, teal, and silver. The primary logo consists of the "Bluefish" wordmark in navy blue with white and teal outline superimposed over a depiction of a cartoon bluefish holding a baseball bat.
The primary cap is navy blue with a teal brim and button, with the cap logo depicting a bluefish interwoven with a capital "B" centered on the front. The home jersey is white with traditional navy blue piping below the collar and around the sleeves. The "Bluefish" wordmark is centered across the front in navy blue with white outline and teal drop shadow. The away jersey is grey with navy blue piping, and the "Bridgeport" wordmark centered across the front in navy blue with white and teal outline. The Bluefish also have a teal alternate jersey, with navy piping with the "fishhook" wordmark centered across the front.
|Season||First Half W - L Record||First Half Winning Percentage||First Half Finish||Second Half W - L Record||Second Half Winning Percentage||Second Half Finish||Overall W - L Record||Overall Winning Percentage||Overall Finish||Playoffs|
|2006||38-25||.603||2nd in North Division||37-24||.607||1st in North Division||75-49||.605||1st in North Division||2-3|
|2007||35-28||.556||2nd in North Division||25-38||.397||4th in North Division||60-66||.476||3rd in North Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2008||33-37||.471||3rd in Liberty Division||34-36||.486||3rd in Liberty Division||67-73||.479||3rd in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2009||33-37||.471||3rd in Liberty Division||32-38||.457||3rd in Liberty Division||65-75||.464||3rd in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2010||36-34||.514||3rd in Liberty Division||47-23||.671||1st in Liberty Division||83-57||.592||1st in Liberty Division||3-4|
|2011||32-31||.507||3rd in Liberty Division||36-28||.671||2nd in Liberty Division||68-59||.535||2nd in Liberty Division||lost play in game to Southern Maryland Blue Crabs|
|2012||31-39||.443||3rd in Liberty Division||36-33||.522||2nd in Liberty Division||67-72||.482||2nd in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2013||23-47||.329||4th in Liberty Division||15-19||.441||2nd in Liberty Division||38-66||.365||3rd in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2014||22-48||.314||4th in Liberty Division||25-45||.357||4th in Liberty Division||47-93||.336||4th in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2015||26-44||.371||4th in Liberty Division||30-39||.435||3rd in Liberty Division||56-83||.403||3rd in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|2016||30-40||.429||4th in Liberty Division||36-34||.514||2nd in Liberty Division||66-74||.471||4th in Liberty Division||Did not qualify for the playoffs|
- 1 Atlantic League Championship (1999)
- 5 Division Championships (1998, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2010)
The Bridgeport Bluefish contend with the Long Island Ducks over the Ferry Cup, which is sponsored by the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company. The two teams border on Long Island Sound, and many fans of both teams regularly cross it to support them. The Ducks currently hold the Ferry Cup by winning the 2011 season series 12-6. As of 2011 the Bluefish-Ducks rivalry record is 114-112, in favor of Bridgeport.
One of the Bridgeport Bluefish official mascots is an anthropomorphic bluefish named B.B. He wears the team's alternate jersey (number 98) with black sneakers. B.B. was born on May 29, 1997 in Cape Hatteras. He later migrated to the Long Island Sound, and joined the Bluefish soon after. The mascot's name alludes to the initials of the team and its nickname.
Captain L.I Sounder is another source of entertainment at the Harbor Yard. He wears a uniform of a sailor. L.I Sounder's name referred to the nautical rank of captain and a name for a Long Island Sound resident. Sounder occasionally appears at Bluefish home games.
Bridgeport Bluefish roster
|Active (25-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
On several occasions, the Bluefish have had promotional nights in which former baseball players and managers, as well as other celebrities, have been enlisted to serve as guest managers.
|Pete Rose||June 16, 2014||Lancaster Barnstormers||W 2–0|
|Paul O'Neill||July 24, 2015||Long Island Ducks||W 4–3|
|Jennie Finch||May 29, 2016||Southern Maryland Blue Crabs||W 3–1|
|Roger Clemens||August 5, 2016||Long Island Ducks||L 6–2|
|Ozzie Guillén||August 19, 2016||Somerset Patriots||L 9–3|
|New World Order
(Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Sean Waltman)
|September 2, 2016||Southern Maryland Blue Crabs||W 8–6|
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Atlantic City Surf
|Atlantic League Champions
| Succeeded by|
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
|Liberty Division Champions
| Succeeded by|
Long Island Ducks
|North Division Champions
| Succeeded by|
|North Division Champions
| Succeeded by|
Best Regular Season Record
| Succeeded by|
North Division 2000
South Division 2000