The 2013 Akron Aeros failed to repeat as Eastern League champions, finishing with a 68-73 record, but the first year under new owner Ken Babby proved to be a success. Babby brought a new energy to Canal Park, an energy that spread into the offseason.
Canal Park now features a new restaurant above right field, picnic and premium seating in the outfield, and most importantly, a rebranded team: the Akron RubberDucks.
The RubberDucks will make their debut in Binghamton Thursday night, starting the season with a seven-game road trip. Their first home game is next Thursday, April 10 against the Bowie Baysox.
Note that 26 players are listed; the team still has to make a move before Thursday’s game.
In-text photos from MiLB.
After successfully making the transition from middle infielder to catcher last season, Wolters is the marquee name to watch here. Wolters posted a .277/.369/.353 line in High-A Carolina in 2013, results that are even more impressive considering he was learning a new position on the fly. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, April 1, 2014