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Pensacola Blue Wahoos

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are a Minor League Baseball team of the Southern League and the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. They are based in Pensacola, Florida, and play their home games at Admiral Fetterman Field. The team, formerly the Southern League version of the Carolina Mudcats, began play in Pensacola in the 2012 season.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Founded in 2012
Pensacola, Florida
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentDouble-A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSouthern League
DivisionSouth
Major league affiliations
CurrentMinnesota Twins (2019–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1995
  • 2003
  • 2017*
Division titles (3)
  • 2008
  • 2016
  • 2017
* Co-Champions
Team data
NicknamePensacola Blue Wahoos (2012–present)
Previous names
ColorsGulf Coast Royal Blue, Blue Angel Navy Blue, Coral pink
MascotKazoo
BallparkAdmiral Fetterman Field (2012–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Quint Studer, Rishy Studer and Bubba Watson
ManagerRamon Borrego
General ManagerJonathan Griffith

HistoryEdit

The franchise was founded in 1959 as the Charleston White Sox of the South Atlantic League (now the Southern League); it subsequently moved several times, playing in Charleston, South Carolina (1959–1961), Savannah, Georgia (1962), Lynchburg, Virginia (1963–1965), and Evansville, Indiana, (1966–1968), before moving to Columbus, Georgia in 1969 to play in Golden Park. The team was known as the Columbus Astros from 1970 to 1988, when it became an affiliate of the Houston Astros. Following the 1988 season, new owner Steve Bryant held a contest among season ticket holders to rename the team, and as a result, in 1989 the team became the Columbus Mudcats. In 1991, Bryant moved the club to Zebulon, North Carolina and renamed them the Carolina Mudcats.[1][2]

In Zebulon the team played in Five County Stadium and won Southern League championships in 1995 and 2003. In 2010 Quint Studer, owner of the Pensacola Pelicans independent baseball team, acquired the Mudcats franchise in a complicated series of moves and purchases designed to bring affiliated Double-A baseball to Pensacola. First, he sold the Pelicans to a group in Amarillo, Texas, where they became the Amarillo Sox in 2011. General manager of the Pelicans, J. C. Evers, provided the success that would prove Pensacola a viable minor league town. Studer then bought the Carolina Mudcats franchise. However, to settle this purchase, he had to facilitate the move of the Kinston Indians to Zebulon, where they assumed the Carolina Mudcats name and branding. Additionally, as Pensacola is within the franchise territory of the Mobile Bay Bears, Studer paid that team a sum. The arrangements cost a total of $2 million.[3][4]

The Blue Wahoos nickname was decided in a fan contest run by Wendy's in conjunction with the Pensacola News Journal. Their team colors are Neon red, Gulf Coast royal, Blue Angel navy, and Tin Roof tin. It was officially announced on May 23, followed by the logo and colors on November 18.[5][6]

Following the inaugural season that saw Billy Hamilton break the all-time professional baseball single season stolen base record, the team was named the Southern League's Organization of the Year. Two-time Masters Champion Bubba Watson became co-owner in January 2015.[7]

In 2016, the Blue Wahoos were chosen by Baseball America as the Double-A winner of the prestigious Bob Freitas Award as the best overall franchise among the nation's 30 affiliates at this level. It was announced at the Baseball Winter Meetings at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.

They entered into a two-year PDC with the Minnesota Twins that runs from 2019 to 2020.[8]

Television and radioEdit

All Pensacola Blue Wahoos games are televised live on MiLB.TV. The Blue Wahoos are also televised on delay Monday through Thursday on Cox Sports and Friday through Sunday on Blab-TV (WFBD). All Blue Wahoos games are broadcast on radio on 97.1 The Ticket and TuneIn Radio.

Season-by-season recordEdit

Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Southern League)
Year Regular Season Post-season
Record Win % Finish* Record Win % Result
2012 68–70 .493 7th
2013 59–79 .428 T-8th
2014 60–80 .429 T-7th
2015 63–75 .429 8th 0–3 .000 Lost South Division Championship Series vs Biloxi Shuckers, 0–3
Won South Division Second Half
2016 81–59 .579 2nd 1–3 .250 Lost South Division Championship Series vs Mississippi Braves, 1–3
Won South Division First & Second Half
2017 74–66 .529 3rd 3–0 1.000 Won South Division Championship Series vs Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimps, 3–0
Southern League Championship Cancelled
Won South Division First Half
Southern League Co-Champions
2018 69–68 .504 4th 1–3 .250 Lost South Division Championship Series vs Biloxi Shuckers, 1–3
Totals 474–497 .488 5–9 .357 1 Southern League Championship
Note: * Finish denotes their position in the overall league standings.
Legend   Made playoffs   Division champions   Won championship series

RosterEdit

Pensacola Blue Wahoos roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

  • 29 Taylor Grzelakowski
  • 11 Caleb Hamilton
  •  8 Brian Navarreto
  •  1 Ben Rortvedt

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

  • 13 Ramon Borrego

Coaches

  • -- Micheal Thomas (hitting)
  • 28 Justin Willard (pitching)


  7-day injured list
* On Minnesota Twins 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated December 13, 2019
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Minnesota Twins minor league players

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mudcats celebrate 15th year in Five County". Wilson Daily Times. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved February 1, 2007.[dead link]
  2. ^ Seaton, Ned (March 28, 1996). "Minor league caps; major league profits". St. Petersburg Times.
  3. ^ "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010". Pensacola News Journal. January 2, 2011. Archived from the original on January 19, 2016. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Carolina to Pensacola, Kinston to Zebulon in 2012". Ballpark Digest. December 16, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "Blue Wahoos it is! Pensacola's new pro baseball team named". Pensacola News Journal. May 23, 2011. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  6. ^ "Blue Wahoos unveil logos in Pensacola". Southern League Official Website. Pensacola Blue Wahoos. November 18, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Bubba Watson Purchases Ownership in Pensacola Blue Wahoos". Blue Wahoos Official Website. Pensacola Blue Wahoos. January 19, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  8. ^ "Blue Wahoos Announce New Affiliation Partnership with Minnesota Twins". Pensacola Blue Wahoos. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.

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