Founded in 1978
Zebulon, North Carolina
|Current||A-Advanced (1963–1974, 1978–present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Carolina League (1956–1957, 1962–1974, 1978–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Milwaukee Brewers (2017–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (8)||
|Division titles (10)||
|Nickname||Carolina Mudcats (2012–present)|
|Mascot||Muddy the Mudcat, Mini Muddy, Rally Cat|
|Ballpark||Five County Stadium (2012–present)|
|Steve Bryant (majority owner), Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc., and Quint Studer|
|General Manager||Joe Kremer|
The Carolina Mudcats are a minor league baseball team based in Zebulon, North Carolina. They are members of the Carolina League and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They play their home games at Five County Stadium.
The franchise originated in 1978 as the Kinston Eagles of Kinston, North Carolina. In 2012 they relocated to Zebulon amid a series of purchases and moves, and took up the name of the previous Carolina Mudcats team.
The franchise was established in 1978 as the Kinston Eagles of the Carolina League. They were known as the Kinston Indians from 1987 through 2011, and were the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. In 2012 they moved to Zebulon, North Carolina as part of a complicated series of moves and purchases by Pensacola businessman Quint Studer. Studer purchased the existing Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League, relocating them to Pensacola as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
To seal this purchase, Quint Studer had to facilitate the move of the Kinston team to Zebulon, where they took up the Mudcats name and branding.
The Mudcats name and branding has existed in Zebulon, North Carolina since 1991, but was launched in Columbus, Georgia two years prior as the Columbus Mudcats. In Zebulon, the AA franchise was first affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates; its affiliation eventually passed to the Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, and Cincinnati Reds with whom the franchise was affiliated when it was moved to Pensacola. The single-A Mudcats' initial affiliation with Cleveland was inherited from the predecessor Kinston Indians' established relationship with the Cleveland club.
Carolina Mudcats roster
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- "Edwin Rodriquez named manager of Carolina Mudcats". Carolina Mudcats.