Founded in 1978
Zebulon, North Carolina
|Current||AHigh-A (1963–1974, 1978–present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Carolina League (1956–1957, 1962–1974, 1978–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Atlanta Braves (2015-present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1935, 1947, 1962, 1988, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2006|
|Division titles||1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011|
|Nickname||Carolina Mudcats (2012-present)|
|Ballpark||Five County Stadium (2012–present)|
|Steve Bryant (majority owner) and 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 currently members of the Carolina League and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. 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.
The original Mudcats name and branding has existed in Zebulon, North Carolina since 1991, and in Columbus, Georgia for two years prior. The Zebulon version started out as a major league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and at one point were affiliates of Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, and Cincinnati Reds where they finished their AA existence. They became the Cleveland Indians affiliate just before the 2012 season and their transition to the Carolina League.
Carolina Mudcats roster
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- "Edwin Rodriquez named manager of Carolina Mudcats". Carolina Mudcats.