The Visalia Rawhide are a minor league baseball team in Visalia, California, U.S. They are a "high-A" class team of the Arizona Diamondbacks operating in the California League, and have recently agreed to renew their affiliation through 2010.
The Rawhide play home games at Recreation Park; opened in 1946, the stadium seats 2,500 fans. The city of Visalia is finishing up a multimillion dollar renovation and expansion of Recreation Ballpark supported by a 10 year lease with the ballclub, the longest lease in franchise history.
After two years of fan surveys, polls and focus groups, and direction by players, the team announced a name change to the Visalia Rawhide, representing one of the richest agricultural regions in the world, and the top dairy-producing area in the country.The Visalia Rawhide mascot is a Holstein Bull named Tipper. Tipper was introduced on October 15, 2008. Tipper represents the tens of thousands of Holsteins in Tulare County, the top dairy-producing area in the country. Tipper's home is a ballpark barn - a 40' x 20' red barn which is part of the outfield fence - doubles carom off the side of the barn, and home runs land on the roof, leading to a new twist on the old baseball adage "couldn't hit the broadside of the barn", which now represents weak hitters instead of wild pitchers. The traditional red barn is being built as a "community barn raising" to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity and stand as an icon for the agricultural heritage of the valley.