The Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City will no longer be called the Dodgers. For 2024, they will use the name Oklahoma City Baseball Club, with plans to find a new identity for 2025 and going forward.
Oklahoma City was called the Dodgers dating back to the 2015 season, when they became affiliated with the major league team. Dodgers ownership was part of a joint ownership group that bought the Triple-A franchise, which was formerly a Rangers affiliate called the RedHawks.
“For the last nine years, it has been an honor and a privilege to share one of the most iconic brands in all of professional sports,” said Oklahoma City Baseball Club president/general manager Michael Byrnes in a statement. “However, we’re excited this new era affords us the opportunity to strengthen our connection to our community and reinforce that we are Oklahoma City’s team.”
In December 2021, the Oklahoma City Dodgers were sold to Diamond Baseball Holdings, a group that now owns over 20 minor league teams, including Double-A Tulsa.
The name change does nothing to the relationship with the Dodgers. Oklahoma City remains the organization’s Triple-A affiliate through 2030.
“Our Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City has been an incredible partner over the last nine seasons and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them for many years to come,” Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes said.
The rebrand for Oklahoma City comes with new logos, caps, and uniforms, seen below.
Scott Hennessey will be back to manage Double-A Tulsa, where he’s been at the helm since 2017. But he got even better news this week, as he is now free of cancer.
Hennessey took a leave of absence from the Drillers in June after being diagnosed with Stage 3 squamous cell carcinoma cancer, and underwent months of chemotherapy treatment. Now, the cancer is gone.
“I am so excited and appreciative to be back for the upcoming season,” Hennessey said in a statement. “I am very thankful to the Los Angeles Dodgers for their unbelievable support during my treatment. I also appreciate the Drillers organization and all the fans who reached out to me with phone calls, texts and notes of encouragement and support. I will never forget it.”