Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Founded in 1962
Jacksonville, Florida
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
Current Double-A (1970–present)
Previous Triple-A (1962–1968)
Minor league affiliations
League Southern League (1970–present)
Division South
Previous leagues
International League (1962–1968)
Major league affiliations
Current Florida/Miami Marlins (2009–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (7)
  • 1968
  • 1996
  • 2001
  • 2005
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2014
Team data
Nickname Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (2017-present)
Previous names
Jacksonville Expos (1985–1990) Jacksonville Suns (1962–1968; 1970–1984; 1991–2016)
Ballpark Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville (2003–present)
Previous parks
Sam W. Wolfson Baseball Park (1962–1968, 1970–2002)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Ken Babby
Manager Randy Ready
General Manager Harold Craw

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, formerly known as the Jacksonville Suns, are a minor league baseball team based in Jacksonville, Florida. The team is a member of the Southern League and is the class Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Two teams named the Suns have played in Jacksonville since 1962: a class Triple-A International League team from 1962–1968, and the current Double-A team from 1970 to 2016. From 1985–1990 the team was known as the Jacksonville Expos, when they were affiliated with the Montreal Expos MLB team. The team rebranded itself as the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp on November 2, 2016 and began the 2017 season under the new name.

The modern Jacksonville club has played in the Southern League longer than any other.[1] The Suns won the International League title in 1968 and the Southern League championship in 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014. They play at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, an 11,000-person capacity, $34 million park that opened in 2003. Since moving to the facility the Suns were a top selling franchise in the Southern League.[1]

History

Jacksonville has had minor league baseball nearly every year since the early 20th century. From 1904 to 1961 the city was home to minor league teams such as the Jacksonville Jays, the Jacksonville Tars, and the Jacksonville Braves, as well as the Jacksonville Red Caps of the Negro Leagues. The former three teams all played in the South Atlantic League (the "Sally League"), which became the modern Southern League in 1964.[1]

Jacksonville Suns (1962–2016)

The first team known as the Jacksonville Suns began play in the Triple-A International League in 1962. The team had been founded in Havana, Cuba, where they were known as the Havana Sugar Kings. Following the Cuban Revolution in 1959 the team relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, but soon folded; the franchise was bought by the Cleveland Indians, who moved it to Jacksonville as the Jacksonville Suns in 1962.[2] The president was local baseball fixture Sam W. Wolfson, previously the owner of the Jacksonville Braves; the Suns replaced the Jacksonville Jets Sally League club. During this period a number of later Major League stars played for the Suns, including Tommy John, Nolan Ryan, and Tom Seaver, and the team won the International League championship in 1968. Following that season the team's parent club, the New York Mets, decided to relocate the team to Virginia, where they became the Norfolk Tides.[3]

Jacksonville was without baseball in 1969, but in 1970 a new Suns team began play in the Double-A Southern League. The team was affiliated with both the Montreal Expos and the Milwaukee Brewers in its inaugural season, with the Cleveland Indians in 1971, and then with the Kansas City Royals from 1972–1984. Affiliation switched back to the Expos from 1985–1990, during which period the team was known as the Jacksonville Expos. Since then it has been affiliated with the Seattle Mariners (1991–1994), the Detroit Tigers (1995–2000), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2001–2008), and most recently the Miami Marlins (2009–present).[4] The Suns have appeared in the Southern League playoffs 15 times, and won the championship in 1996, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2014. After winning the championship in 2009 and defending it in 2010, the Jacksonville Suns became the third team in Southern League history to successfully defend a championship. Coincidentally, both previous teams to defend their championship were based in Montgomery: the Montgomery Rebels who successfully defended their title between 1972-1973 and 1975-1977; and the Montgomery Biscuits who defended their title between 2006-2007.[5]

In 1998 with the Suns, Gabe Kapler won the Southern League Most Valuable Player Award, after leading the league with 28 home runs, and also leading the league in hits (176), runs (113), doubles (47; breaking the old doubles record of 44), RBIs (146; most in the minors in 1998 and most ever in the Southern League), extra-base hits (81; a league record), total bases (319; a league record), and sacrifice flies (11).[6][7]

In 2014, the Suns finished the regular season on a ten-game winning streak, edging out the Mississippi Braves by one game to win the second half South Division title outright. Including the playoffs, the 2014 Suns won 16 of their final 17 games on the year enroute to the franchise's sixth Southern League title. The Suns have played in the Southern League longer than any other team, and their 41-year period in Jacksonville has become the longest continuous association between any city and a class Double-A team.[1][3]

The Suns played at Wolfson Park from 1962 until it was demolished in 2002. Since 2003 they have played at Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, an 11,000 seat, $34 million field created as part of the Better Jacksonville Plan. Since moving to the Baseball Grounds the Suns have consistently led the Southern League in attendance, drawing over one million fans in their first four years.[3] The Suns' success has led to speculation that the team may move to class Triple A in the future.[1]

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (2016–present)

In November 2016 the Jacksonville Suns were renamed the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.[8]

Television

All Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp games are televised live on MiLB.TV. The play-by-play broadcaster is Roger Hoover.

Notable former players and coaches

Roster

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

  • 17 Sharif Othman
  •  6 Rodrigo Vigil

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


7-day disabled list
* On Miami Marlins 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 1, 2018
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB  Southern League
Miami Marlins minor league players

Season-by-season record

YearRegular SeasonPost-season
RecordWin %Finish*RecordWin %Result
Jacksonville Suns (International League) (1962–1968)
196294–60.6101st7–7.500Lost in Governors' Cup Finals vs Atlanta Crackers, 3–4
Won First Round vs Rochester Red Wings, 4–3
Won International League Pennant
196356–91.38110th
196489–62.5891st0–4.000Lost in First Round vs Rochester Red Wings, 0–4
Won International League Pennant
196571–76.4836th
196668–79.4637th
196766–73.4755th
196875–71.5144th7–1.875Won Governors' Cup Finals vs Columbus Jets, 4–0
Won First Round vs Toledo Mud Hens, 3–1
Totals518-512.50314-12.5381 League Championship & 2 League Pennants
Note: * Finish denotes their position in the overall league standings.
Team relocated to Norfolk, VA in 1969. No team in Jacksonville that year.
YearRegular SeasonPost-season
RecordWin %Finish*RecordWin %Result
Jacksonville Suns (Southern League) (1970–1984)
197067–70.4895thno playoffs held
197163-77.450???
197264–75.4606th
197376–60.5592nd1–3.250Lost Southern League Championship vs Montgomery Rebels, 1–3
Won East Division
197478–60.5651st2–3.200Lost Southern League Championship vs Knoxville Sox, 2–3
Won East Division
197559–79.4288th
197666–72.478???
197772–66.5224th2-3.200Lost Southern League Championship vs Montgomery Rebels, 0-2
Won East Division Championship Series vs Savannah Braves, 2-1
Won East Division Second Half
197873–69.5143rd
197969–72.4896th
198063–81.4388th
198165–77.4588th
198283–61.5761st4–4.500Lost Southern League Championship vs Nashville Sounds, 1–3
Won East Division Championship Series vs Columbus Astros, 3–1
Won East Division First Half & Second Half
198377–68.5314th4-4.500Lost Southern League Championship vs Birmingham Barons, 1-3
Won East Division Championship Series vs Savannah Braves, 3-1
Won East Division Second Half
198476–69.5243rd
Jacksonville Expos (Southern League) (1985–1990)
198573-70.5105th
198675-68.5242nd1-3.250Lost East Division Championship Series vs Columbus Astros, 1-3
Won East Division First Half
198785-59.5901st
198869-73.4865th2-3.400Lost East Division Championship Series vs Greenville Braves, 2-3
East Division Wild-Card
198968-76.4727th
199084-60.5832nd1-3.250Lost East Division Championship Series vs Orlando Sun Rays, 1-3
Won East Division Second Half
Jacksonville Suns (Southern League) (1991–present)
199174-69.5174th
199268-75.4767th
199359-81.42110th
199460-77.4389th
199575-69.5215th
199675-63.5433rd6-2.750Won Southern League Championship vs Chattanooga Lookouts, 3–1
Won East Division Championship Series vs Carolina Mudcats, 3-1
Won East Division First Half & Second Half
199766-73.4758th
199886-54.6141st4-3.571Lost Southern League Championship vs Mobile BayBears, 1-3
Won East Division Championship Series vs Knoxville Smokies, 3-0
Won East Division First Half
199975-66.5323rd
200069-71.4935th5-5.500Lost in Championship Series vs West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, 2–3
Won East Division Championship Series vs Greenville Braves, 3-2
Won East Division Second Half
200183-56.5971st3-2.600Southern League Co-Champions with Huntsville Stars (1)
Won East Division Championship Series vs Chattanooga Lookouts, 3-2
Won East Division First Half & Second Half
200277-62.5542nd3-5.375Lost Southern League Championship vs Birmingham Barons, 0-3
Won East Division Championship Series vs Carolina Mudcats, 3-2
Won East Division First Half
200366-73.4756th
200466–71.4827th
200579–61.5644th6–1.857Won Southern League Championship vs West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, 3–1
Won South Division Championship Series vs Birmingham Barons, 3–0
Won South Division First Half
200686–54.6141st0–3.000Lost South Division Championship Series vs Montgomery Biscuits, 0–3
Won South Division First Half
200780–60.5712nd
200868–72.4867th
200982–58.5862nd6–1.857 Won Southern League Championship vs Tennessee Smokies, 3–1
Won South Division Championship Series vs Birmingham Barons, 3–0
Won South Division Second Half
201081–59.5792nd6–2.750Won Southern League Championship vs Tennessee Smokies, 3–1
Won South Division Championship Series vs Mobile BayBears, 3–1
Won South Division First Half & Second Half
201170–70.5005th
201270–70.5005th
201373–63.5375th
201481–59.5792nd6—1.857Won Southern League Championship vs Chattanooga Lookouts, 3-0
Won South Division Championship Series vs Mobile BayBears, 3-1
Won South Division Second Half
201557–81.4139th
201663–76.4538th
Totals3335-3124.51661-48.5606 League Championships
14 Division Championships
19 Half Seasons Won
18 Post-Season Appearances
Note: * Finish denotes their position in the overall league standings.
? denotes missing information.
(1) - 2001 Championship series cancelled because of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Teams declared co-champions.

See also

  • Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp players (from 2017)
  • Jacksonville Suns players (1962–1968, 1970–1984, 1991–2016)
  • Jacksonville Expos players (1985–1990)

References

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  2. Benson, Michael (1989). Ballparks of North America. McFarland. p. 187. ISBN 0-89950-367-5.
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  4. "Jacksonville Suns". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved October 27, 2010.
  5. Southern League Past Champions | Southern League Content
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  7. "Gabe Kapler Stats, Fantasy & News | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  8. Frenette, Gene (2016-11-01). "Jacksonville Suns changing name to Jumbo Shrimp". Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
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  10. Smith, Claire (November 14, 1997). "Walker is first Canadian M.V.P." The New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
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