The Biloxi Shuckers are a Minor League Baseball team based in Biloxi, Mississippi. The team is the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and is a member of the Southern League. The team replaced the Huntsville Stars in the Southern League.
Founded in 2015
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Southern League (2015–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Milwaukee Brewers (2015–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (0)||None|
|Division titles (3)|
|Nickname||Biloxi Shuckers (2015–present)|
|Huntsville Stars (1985-2014)|
|Colors||Blue, gray, black, orange|
|Ballpark||MGM Park (2015–present)|
|General Manager||Hunter Reed|
|Media||MiLB.TV and Biloxi Shuckers Radio Network|
The Shuckers franchise came to Biloxi by way of Nashville, Tennessee and Huntsville, Alabama. The franchise began play in 1978 as the Nashville Sounds, a Southern League expansion team. In 1985, the Evansville Triplets moved to Nashville and adopted the Sounds' history, effectively elevating that organization to Triple-A and necessitating a new home for the Double-A franchise. As a result, Huntsville leaders quickly constructed Joe W. Davis Stadium and lured the franchise to town.
In January 2014, the team was sold to Biloxi Baseball, under the leadership of Ken Young. The franchise remained based in Huntsville until the end of the 2014 season, when it was officially announced that it would be moving to Biloxi, although some 2015 home games were contested in Huntsville after delays in the construction of MGM Park.
Despite the Brewers' affiliation remaining intact through the move, the Shuckers did not retain the Stars' statistical history.
The 2015 season was the team's first in Biloxi. The team currently plays at MGM Park, which opened on June 6, 2015. Due to construction delays, the Shuckers played their entire April and May home schedule of 25 games at other venues, including 15 at Joe W. Davis Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama, their previous home field. The other 10 were at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville and Trustmark Park in Pearl, the respective home fields of the Jacksonville Suns and Mississippi Braves. The team's home opener was on June 6, 2015 against the Mobile BayBears.
On April 2, 2016, the Shuckers hosted an exhibition game against their parent-club, the Milwaukee Brewers. This was the first time the Brewers played in Biloxi and the first time a Major League team has played in Biloxi since the 1935 Washington Senators held spring training at Biloxi Stadium.
Television and radioEdit
All Biloxi Shuckers games are televised live on MiLB.TV. The Biloxi Shuckers Radio Network consists of the flagship station WGCM. All games can also be heard nationwide on TuneIn Radio. The primary play-by-play broadcaster for both the network and television is Garrett Greene. The secondary play-by-play broadcaster is Spencer Siegel.
The team name was chosen via a fan vote in November 2014. Other finalists were the Beacon, Mullets, Black Jacks, Schooners, and Shrimpers. The name "Shuckers" celebrates Biloxi's heritage as a center for the oyster and seafood industries.
Biloxi Shuckers roster
7-day injured list
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- "Shuckers make provisional plans for April, May schedule". MILB.com. February 5, 2015. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
- Perez, Mary (May 28, 2015). "Biloxi Shuckers' First Pitch Will Be June 6 After All". Biloxi Sun Herald. Archived from the original on May 29, 2015. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
- Bouldin, Tyler (June 2, 2014). "Schooners, Shrimpers, Shuckers among finalists for baseball team name". Biloxi, Mississippi: WLOX. Retrieved September 21, 2014.