Minor League Baseball

Kerrigan goes from long shot to having a shot in pro ball

Kerrigan goes from long shot to having a shot in pro ball

Jimmy Kerrigan was playing independent baseball in 2017. Pro ball seemed out of reach while in Missouri playing for the Frontier League’s River City Rascals. Until one day in July when he walked into the stadium and discovered his name was scratched off the lineup card. The Minnesota Twins purchased his rights, earning him a […]

Twins, Blue Wahoos share same vision

Twins, Blue Wahoos share same vision

Minnesota Twins General Manager Thad Levine said last Thursday the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are the perfect Double-A affiliate for the franchise. “Gone are the times where you are just looking for a nice city or a nice stadium. You want a partnership. You want to join forces with someone who has a similar vision to […]

Baseball secondary to the Blue Wahoos experience

Baseball secondary to the Blue Wahoos experience

Quint Studer is in his downtown office on a fall afternoon talking about the Double-A baseball franchise he owns. This isn’t a conversation about the Pensacola Blue Wahoos revolving entirely around the great players who have come through here in the first seven years of the team’s existence. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

LaValley helps keep Blue Wahoos in playoff mix

LaValley helps keep Blue Wahoos in playoff mix

Gavin LaValley has gone through the ups and downs of a baseball season. He’s had stretches where the hits have been hard to come by, like in late July and early August when he managed only five hits in 13 games. Since then, he’s been back on track. The 2014 fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati […]

Powers finds new life with Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Powers finds new life with Pensacola Blue Wahoos

Alex Powers was playing Independent League Baseball in 2015. Cut in March of that year by the Great Falls Voyagers, the rookie league team of the Chicago White Sox, his options were limited and his future was cloudy. It was either take the rugged road less traveled or give up on his baseball dream. The […]

Short memory, confidence ticket to success for Long

Short memory, confidence ticket to success for Long

Shed Long had managed to come up with just three hits in his last six games heading into a Friday night battle with Montgomery at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola. Yet the second baseman who is brimming over with confidence and swagger, didn’t let the rough stretch get the best of him. He did something […]

Too close for comfort? No problem for the Blue Wahoos

Too close for comfort? No problem for the Blue Wahoos

He put on his Georgia SEC Championship hat  — Jody Davis wanted to show off his Bulldog pride in front of the camera– and in his usual casual manner, the first-year manager of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos started talking about the escape from defeat act his team pulled off against the Montgomery Biscuits Friday night. […]

Varner always focused on the next pitch

Varner always focused on the next pitch

Nearly seven innings into a game against Mobile during the first half of the Southern League season, Seth Varner gives up a home run that erases a scoreless tie. It could have been a debilitating blow to the confidence of the 2014 10th-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds. It wasn’t. Varner kept pitching and struck […]

Faith carries McElroy through ups and downs of baseball

Faith carries McElroy through ups and downs of baseball

C.J. McElroy waits for his turn to hit during batting practice on an almost unbearably hot afternoon in Pensacola. When he finally gets his shot, he makes the opportunities count, consistently knocking balls into the outfield. Afterward, sweat already starting to roll down his forehead, McElroy is stopped by bench coach Lenny Harris, who played […]

Devereaux helping future Reds make climb to MLB

Devereaux helping future Reds make climb to MLB

He was Cincinnati’s worst nightmare in 1995. Mike Devereaux delivered two big blows to the World Series hopes of the Reds that year. His clutch run-scoring hit in the 11th inning of Game One of the National League Championship Series lifted Atlanta to a 2-1 win. Three games later, Devereaux crushed a three-run homer in […]

Brooks joins Blue Wahoos ownership group

Brooks joins Blue Wahoos ownership group

NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks has never let his connection to Pensacola fade behind the spotlight he catapulted himself into while starring at Florida State and eventually with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he won a Super Bowl. That connection is now a little stronger after it was announced last Wednesday night in a […]

Larkin discusses player development, future with organization

Larkin discusses player development, future with organization

Barry Larkin was in town last week to work with players from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Cincinnati Reds legend talked about a variety of topics. Among them possibly being the next manager of the team he spent his entire career with. “I’m a Cincinnati Red,” Larkin said. “I’ve made this comment before. I’m going […]

Blue Wahoos receive warm welcome back to town

Blue Wahoos receive warm welcome back to town

Fans stood holding signs and taking photos as players from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos walked off the plane and into the terminal at Pensacola International Airport Sunday afternoon. The flight the team was aboard touched down in Northwest Florida just after 4 p.m. on Easter. The Blue Wahoos were flying in from spring training in […]

Picture Perfect: Blue Wahoos punctuate season with first title in franchise history

Picture Perfect: Blue Wahoos punctuate season with first title in franchise history

On a picture-perfect fall-like afternoon, on a day splashed in sunshine, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos scripted a memorable ending to a remarkable season. They held off Jacksonville 5-4 in 12 innings in Game 3 of a Southern League divisional playoff series here at Blue Wahoos Stadium, and they did it in typical Blue Wahoos fashion. […]

Impressive start to playoffs for Blue Wahoos

Impressive start to playoffs for Blue Wahoos

Deck McGuire was downright dominant, Josh VanMeter was clutch and Zack Weiss was money when it mattered as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos took down Jacksonville 2-0 in the opening game of their Southern League best-of-five playoff series Thursday night in Pensacola. McGuire struck out a career-best 13 batters in eight innings of work and allowed […]

McGuire continues to chase his Major League dream

McGuire continues to chase his Major League dream

Deck McGuire is the definition of perseverance. Without it, he wouldn’t still be playing baseball. Over the last seven seasons the former No. 1 pick of the Toronto Blue Jays has been on quite a journey, pitching in nearly 200 games and playing for four different Major League organizations, the latest being the Cincinnati Reds. […]

Former Red Sox prospect settles into new role with Reds organization

Former Red Sox prospect settles into new role with Reds organization

Before Nick Longhi did an interview with the media after a game earlier this month, he politely asked that no one bring up the trade that sent the talented minor leaguer from Boston to Cincinnati. It was understandable. Yes, he grew up in Florida, moving to the Sunshine State before his first birthday, but he […]

Pace of play hot topic of discussion in baseball

Pace of play hot topic of discussion in baseball

Danny Darwin pitched for eight different Major League teams during a 21-year career, so he understands as well as anyone that the game of baseball is not meant to be played fast. Yet it seems in this era of a sport affectionately known as the national pastime, it’s hard to ignore the discussion of the […]

Three-time World Series champion manager returns to Southern League roots during all-star break

Three-time World Series champion manager returns to Southern League roots during all-star break

Tony La Russa got his start as a manager in the Southern League, spending half of the 1978 season managing Knoxville, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. No one knew it at the time, but it was the beginning of a remarkable career for a manager who went on to become one of […]

Castillo’s focus fuels his success on the mound

Castillo’s focus fuels his success on the mound

Luis Castillo speaks through an interpreter during a post-game interview to express his thoughts about the performance he turned in against the Mississippi Braves last Monday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. While the Dominican Republic native’s thoughts can only be shared through the help of someone who can break the language barrier, no one needs […]

Southern League All-Star Game washed out

Southern League All-Star Game washed out

For the first time in Southern League history, its all-star game was rained out. Rain fell consistently throughout the day Tuesday but fans, team officials and representatives from the league held out hope that the league’s showcase event would be played in a stadium considered one of the best in the country in minor league […]

Studer’s vision has Blue Wahoos Stadium at center stage for all-star game

Studer’s vision has Blue Wahoos Stadium at center stage for all-star game

Dreary has no business being in the same sentence as summer, especially in Florida, but another hard storm has just rolled through on a June morning in Pensacola. But the weather is clearing up as Quint Studer settles into his seat in the Hancock Bank Club high above Blue Wahoos Stadium. Rays of sunlight are […]