The Kannapolis Intimidators are the Class A affiliate in the Chicago White Sox minor league system. Young players generally one year out of high school or college become Kannapolis Intimidators. The White Sox also have affiliates in Bristol, VA (Rookie), Great Falls, MT (Short Season), Winston-Salem, NC (A-Advanced), Birmingham, AL (AA), and Charlotte, NC (AAA). The 2011 Kannapolis Intimidators finished the season with an overall record of 76-62.
The Intimidators are one of the 14 teams of the Class-A South Atlantic League. The SAL opened its doors with the first season in 1903. The circuit is one of the biggest geographically in Minor League Baseball, including seven states spanning from Lakewood, NJ, to Savannah, GA. The Kannapolis Intimidators play in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.
The Intimidators play 140 games in the regular season. The team plays 70 home games at CMC-NorthEast Stadium, welcoming 13 different major league affiliated teams to Kannapolis, NC. The 2013 season begins April 4 and concludes September 2. The South Atlantic League playoffs begin immediately following the regular season.
The Intimidators call CMC-NorthEast Cannon Stadium home. The 4,700-seat facility was built in 1995 and is conveniently located off Interstate 85 at Exit 63. It features six luxury suites with an elevated view of the field, conference room with capacity of 50 with a flat screen TV, sound system, and Power Point presentation capabilities, reserved seat sections with chair backs, general admission bleacher seating, picnic shelter (BB&T Picnic Pavilion) accommodations for more than 500 people, a birthday party pavilion (Cheerwine Birthday Pavilion), and a grassy area down the 3rd base line to accommodate overflow crowds. CMC-NorthEast Stadium also has two fully-equipped concession stands and many other specialty carts on the main concourse. The ballpark's press box and clubhouses are among the finest in the league. Other fixtures of the stadium include a souvenir store (Intimidation Station), a playground area (The Pit Stop Playground) located down the 1st base line, and various games and displays on the concourse level.
The Kannapolis Intimidators are owned and operated by Smith Family Baseball. Brad Smith is the team's President, Randy Long is the General Manager, and Jason Bright is the Assistant General Manager of the baseball club.