Pensacola Blue Wahoos

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Team History[edit]

Members of the Blue Angels throw out the first pitch at a Blue Wahoos game in 2013

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, of the Southern League and briefly in Double-A South, replaced an independent team when owner Quint Studer bought and moved the Carolina Mudcats. The Miami Marlins farmhands play their home games at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola, FL.

Studer's indy team, the Pensacola Pelicans, had played eight seasons by the bay after the city went 40 years with no professional ball. His new team's name was chosen through a name-the-team contest, beating out finalists Aviators, Redbones, Salty Dogs, Loggerheads and Mullets.

In 2015, PGA star and Pensacola native Bubba Watson purchased a minority share in the Wahoos.

On April 22, 2017, Tyler Mahle threw the first perfect game in the Southern League since 1970.[1]

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization left the Wahoos in Double-A but moved them into the Marlins' farm system. The Marlins became Pensacola's third different parent already, following the Cincinnati Reds (2012-2018) and Minnesota Twins (2019), but it makes sense in the context of the reorganization as both parents shortened distances to farm clubs: the Twins by moving their Double-A players from Pensacola to Wichita, KS, and the Marlins by putting their Triple-A players in Jacksonville, FL instead of Wichita while keeping their Double-A prospects in Florida - albeit four hours farther away.

Studer, who started his career teaching in Janesville, WI, put together the deal that saved minor-league baseball for nearby Beloit, WI, and is now the majority owner of both clubs.

The Wahoos plan to join the Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign in 2023. They are the first club to take Copa nickname suggestions.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2012 68-70 7th Jim Riggleman Tony Jaramillo Tom Brown
2013 59-79 8th (t) Delino DeShields Dick Schofield Tom Brown
2014 60-80 9th(t) Delino DeShields Alex Pelaez Jeff Fassero
2015 63-75 8th Pat Kelly Lost in 1st round Alex Pelaez Jeff Fassero
2016 81-59 2nd Pat Kelly Lost in 1st round Alex Pelaez Danny Darwin Todd Takayoshi
2017 74-66 3rd Pat Kelly League Co-Champs Gookie Dawkins Danny Darwin Dick Schofield
2018 69-68 4th Jody Davis Lost in 1st round Mike Devereaux Danny Darwin/Tony Fossas / James Baldwin Lenny Harris
2019 76-63 4th Ramon Borrego Lost in 1st round Steve Singleton Cibney Bello Justin Willard
2020 Season cancelled
2021 57-54 5th Kevin Randel Scott Seabol Tim Norton Jose Ceballos
2022 Kevin Randel Scott Seabol Dave Eiland Frank Moore

Further Reading[edit]

  • Matt Monagan: "Are these the worst uniforms ever? 'It was just a vision in my head. Which I'm not sure is a good thing.'", mlb.com, August 10, 2021. [2]

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