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Minneapolis Ravens

Founded in 1989

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Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Lake League

American Eagle League (1989-2017)

Division West
Team Info
Name Minneapolis Ravens

Previous names Jacksonville Ravens (2012-2017)

Richmond Ravens (1991-2011) Richmond Raiders (1989-1990)

Previous locations Jacksonville, Florida (2012-2017)

Richmond, California (1991-2011) Richmond, Virginia (1989-1990)

Colors Blue, white, silver, burgundy

                   

Owner Julio Arias Jr.

General manager Brendan Burke (Since May 2017)
Ballpark
Ballpark Twin Cities Stadium
Former Ravens Ballpark (2012-2017)

Richmond Park (1991-2011)

Titles
Bull Cup titles (2) 1995, 1996
League pennants (5) 1995, 1996, 2005, 2007, 2011

Division pennants (11) AEL East - 2012, 2015
AEL West - 1995—1998, 2003, 2005, 2007—2008, 2011



The Minneapolis Ravens are an American Bull League baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The team is in the Lake League (LL) West division.

They have the most Division Titles of any Bull League team, with a total of 11. They have nine from their former AEL West division, and two more after joining the AEL East division in 2012.

The team relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, prior to the 2018 season.

History[edit]

The Jacksonville Ravens were first formed in 1989 as the Richmond Raiders in the former Southern League's East division. At that time, they were based in Richmond, Virginia. In 1991, the team was moved to Richmond, California, and was renamed to the Richmond Ravens and placed in the West division.

In 1995 and 1996, the Ravens became the first team to win back-to-back Bull Cup Championships. They are tied with the New York Minutemen and the Montreal Metros for the second-most Bull Cup appearances (5), and last appeared in 2011, when they lost to Montreal.

In 2012, the Bull League underwent an expansion and reorganization, and the team was moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and thus rejoined the East division. From 2012 until early 2017, the team was known as the Jacksonville Ravens.

In January of 2018, the team announced it would move to Minneapolis, Minnesota. With the relocation, the team was moved to the Lake League's West division and renamed to the Minneapolis Ravens.

Rivalries[edit]

The Ravens have recently found themselves rivaled with the Calgary Inferno, who are in the same division, and who defeated them in the AELCS to advance to the Bull Cup Championship Series every time they have met in an AELCS since 1997. The team, who were at that time were called the Richmond Ravens, have only defeated Calgary once in an AELCS, in 1996. The only other times they have won the AELCS were in years they did not face Calgary in the playoffs:

  • 1997, defeated by Calgary in AELCS, 3-0
  • 2005, won AELCS against Chicago Pit Bulls, 3-1
  • 2007, won AELCS against Nevada Speeders, 3-2, after defeating Chicago in Elimination Round, 3-1
  • 2011, won AELCS against Seattle Salts, 3-0, after defeating Nevada in Elimination Round, 3-2
  • 2015, defeated by Calgary in AELCS, 3-2, after having won Elimination Round against Denver Highlanders, 3-1
  • 2016, defeated by Calgary in AELCS, 3-2, after having won Elimination Round against San Diego Seagulls, 3-2

Hall of Fame Players[edit]

The team have had three players inducted into the Hall of Fame as members of the team, all of them as Jacksonville Ravens. The first to be inducted was Hugh Mulholland, who was voted in on his fourth time on the ballot in 2009 with 80.9% of the votes. He played only two seasons with the Ravens (1998 and 1999), and arguably had very few achievements in the Bull League, lasting only six seasons in total. His Ravens years were overall positive, with a combined 14-8 record, 3.30 ERA, 193.2 IP, striking out 140 batters and allowing just 9 home runs. He was a five-time all-star who placed third two times in Sandy Koufax Award voting.

Jacksonville Ravens Hall of Famers
Player Position Inducted
Barry Bats Right fielder 2013
Sanford Klondike Pitcher 2014
Hugh Mulholland Pitcher 2009

Championships[edit]

The Ravens were the first Bull League team to win back-to-back Bull Cups, taking them in the first two seasons of the 80-games-plus "Modern Era", 1995 and 1996. They did so while they were still called the Richmond Ravens, based in Richmond, California.

Bull Cup Champions
Preceded by:
Chicoutimi Cinquantes (1993)
19951996
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
New York Minutemen
American Eagle League Champions
Preceded by:
California Tidals (1993)
19951996
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
Calgary Chinooks
Preceded by:
Chicago Pit Bulls
2005
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
2007
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Calgary Inferno
2011
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
California Tidals
American Eagle League East Division Titles
Preceded by:
Chicago Pit Bulls
2012 Succeeded by:
Calgary Inferno
Preceded by:
Calgary Inferno
2015 Succeeded by:
Denver Highlanders
American Eagle League West Division Titles
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders (1993)
19951998
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
San Diego Seagulls
Preceded by:
San Diego Seagulls
2003
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
Seattle Salts
Preceded by:
Seattle Salts
2005
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
California Tidals
Preceded by:
California Tidals
20072008
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
Seattle Salts
Preceded by:
California Tidals
2011
(as Richmond Ravens)
Succeeded by:
California Tidals

Minor League Affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
AAA Baltimore Bruins Cow League Baltimore, Maryland
AA Spokane North Stars Heifer League Spokane, Washington
A Tucson Rattlers Calf League Tucson, Arizona
Short Season A North Tonawanda Blaze Milk League North Tonawanda, New York