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Columbia Fireflies

The Columbia Fireflies are a Minor League Baseball team based in Columbia, South Carolina. The team plays in the Class A South Atlantic League and is an affiliate of the New York Mets of the National League in Major League Baseball. Its home stadium is Segra Park. The team was formerly known as the Savannah Sand Gnats (1995–2015); it relocated from Savannah, Georgia, after the 2015 season. It is the only professional baseball team in Columbia, and the first since the Capital City Bombers moved to Greenville, South Carolina, after the 2004 season.

Columbia Fireflies
Founded in 2016
Columbia, South Carolina
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSouth Atlantic League (2016–present)
DivisionSouthern Division
Major league affiliations
Current
Team data
Nickname
  • Columbia Fireflies (2016–present)
  • Savannah Sand Gnats (1996–2015)
  • Savannah Cardinals (1984–1995)
ColorsNavy blue, neon yellow, neon green, silver, white
                   
MascotMason The Firefly (2016-present)
BallparkSegra Park (2016–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Hardball Capital LLC
ManagerPedro Lopez

Team historyEdit

Minor league baseball in Columbia dates back to 1982. The Capital City Bombers moved from Columbia, South Carolina, to Greenville, South Carolina, after the 2004 season. The city of Columbia approved plans to build a stadium in 2014, with the goal of attracting a Minor League Baseball team. Spirit Communications, a local telecommunications company, purchased the naming rights for the stadium.[1] In May 2015, the Savannah Sand Gnats of the Class A South Atlantic League, an affiliate of the New York Mets, announced that it would move to Columbia in time for the 2016 season.[2][3]

After receiving over 2,300 submissions in a public contest to name the team, it chose to call itself the "Columbia Fireflies". The name was inspired by the Photinus frontalis in the nearby Congaree National Park which was outlined in an article entitled “Synchronized fireflies putting on show at Congaree National Park” by The State, a local newspaper.[4] Portions of the team's uniforms glow in the dark as a tribute to the team's name.

Columbia earned their first ever victory as the Fireflies on April 9, 2016. In the game, three pitchers (Thomas McIlraith, Alex Palsha, and Johnny Magliozzi) combined to throw a no-hitter in a 9–0 shutout victory over the Charleston RiverDogs. The no-hitter was the Fireflies' third game. In their first ever home game, on April 14, 2016, the Fireflies defeated the Greenville Drive, 4–1, in front of 9,077 people.[5]

RosterEdit

Columbia Fireflies roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 18 Daison Acosta
  • 45 Jose Butto
  • 48 Cole Gordon
  • 29 Danny Hrbek
  • -- Joel Huertas
  • 27 Bryce Hutchinson
  • 30 Christian James
  • 36 Alec Kisena
  • 38 Justin Lasko
  • 26 Jose Moreno
  • -- Billy Oxford
  • 25 Jake Simon
  • 40 Willy Taveras
  • 34 Christian Tripp
  • 28 Allan Winans
  • 17 Connor Wollersheim

Catchers

  • 32 Phil Capra
  • -- Nataneal Ramos
  • 15 Hayden Senger
  • 17 Juan Uriarte

Infielders

  •  5 Chandler Avant
  •  8 Chase Chambers
  • 21 Nick Conti
  •  2 Ronny Mauricio
  •  3 Shervyen Newton
  •  7 Brian Sharp
  • 13 Mark Vientos

Outfielders

  • 23 Guillermo Granadillo
  • 12 Gerson Molina


Manager

  • 16 Pedro Lopez

Coaches

  • 10 Gilbert Gomez (bench)
  •  9 Luis Rivera (hitting)
  • -- Josh Towers (pitching)


  7-day injured list
* On New York Mets 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated August 25, 2019
Transactions
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Callahan, Carolyn (December 3, 2014). "Bull Street Ball Park to Be Named `Spirit Communications Park`". WIS. Columbia, South Carolina. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  2. ^ White, Neil (May 21, 2015). "It's Official: Savannah Baseball Team Moving to Columbia". The State. Columbia, SC. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Dial, Steven; Santaella, Tony (March 25, 2015). "Savannah Baseball Team Moving to Columbia". WLTX. Columbia, SC. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Ransdell, Aaron (August 4, 2015). "Columbia Fireflies Named as New Baseball Name". The State. Columbia, South Carolina. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Fitzgerald, Kevin (April 15, 2016). "9,077 See Fireflies Win Spirit Communications Park Opener". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved April 16, 2016.

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