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Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Founded in 1959
Pensacola, Florida
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current AA
Minor league affiliations
League Southern League
Division South
Major league affiliations
Current Cincinnati Reds (2009–)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 1995, 2003
Division titles 2008
Team data
Nickname Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2012–present)
Previous names
Colors Neon Red, Gulf Coast Royal Blue, Blue Angel Navy Blue, Tin Roof Tin
Ballpark Pensacola Bayfront Stadium (2012–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Quint Studer and Rishy Studer
Manager Delino DeShields
General manager Bruce Baldwin

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are a minor league baseball team based in Pensacola, Florida. The team plays in the Southern League and are the Class Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds Major League Baseball team. They play their home games at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium. The team, formerly the Southern League version of the Carolina Mudcats, began play in Pensacola in the 2012 season.

History

The franchise was founded in 1959 as the 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 1996. 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. Studor 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.

Preceded by
Carolina Mudcats
Cincinnati Reds
Double-A affiliate

2011–
Succeeded by
Current affiliate

Season-by-season record

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
Totals 187–229 .450
Note: * Finish denotes their position in the overall league standings.

Current roster

References

  1. ^ "Mudcats celebrate 15th year in Five County" (2006). The Wilson Daily Times. Retrieved February 2007
  2. ^ Seaton, Ned (March 28, 1996). "Minor league caps; major league profits". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010".  
  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. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Blue Wahoos unveil logos in Pensacola". Southern League Official Website. Pensacola Blue Wahoos. November 18, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 

External links

  • Pensacola Blue Wahoos official site
  • Pensacola Blue Wahoos blog
  • Southern League official site
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