Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Catching Up on MINOR Details: Pensacola

The Reds Double-A affiliate may have had the biggest news of any of the Reds minor league organizations as they dropped the moniker of the Carolina Mudcats, moved to a brand new park in Florida, hired a big name manager and became the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, who will celebrate and play their inaugural season in 2012.

Tuesday is the day of the Blue Wahoos...

-The Pensacola News & Journal named the coming of the Blue Wahoos as the news story of the year in Pensacola, saying, "the soon-to-debut Pensacola Blue Wahoos will create an impact unlike any prior sports entity."

-It's not just the residents of Pensacola who are hyped for baseball to return to the area, as Reds GM Walt Jocketty discusses his excitement to bring the Blue Wahoos aboard.

-The Blue Wahoos made a big splash, no pun intended, when they announced the hiring of high profile baseball guy Jim Riggleman as their inaugual manager. Here's a Q&A with him on the subject.

-The fact that Reds 2011 Minor League Player of the Year Billy Hamilton has a good chance to play at Pensacola some time this seaon, has the local baseball fans in a frenzy.

-Quint and Rishy Studer, who are business leaders in Pensacola and the owners of the Blue Wahoos, have started a $1 million scholarship fund to ensure that several area students will have the opportunity to attend surrounding colleges.

-Good news for those who may be frequent visitors to the disabled list, as Dr. Juliet DeCampos, M.D., and Dr. Roger Ostrander, M.D., were named as official team Medical Directors for the Blue Wahoos.

-Get your Blue Wahoos 2012 schedule here, then get your season tickets here to be part of the inaugural season of the Reds new Double-A affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

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