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Mississippi Braves

Mississippi Braves
Founded in 2005
Pearl, Mississippi
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Double-A (2005–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Southern League (2005–present)
Division Southern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Atlanta Braves (2005–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (1) 2008
Division titles (1) 2008
Team data
Nickname Mississippi Braves (2005–present)
Previous names
Greenville Braves (1984–2004)
Savannah Braves (1971–1983)
Shreveport Braves (1968–1970)
Austin Braves (1966–1967)
Ballpark Trustmark Park
Previous parks
Greenville Municipal Stadium
Grayson Stadium
Braves Field
Disch Field
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Liberty Media
Manager Aaron Holbert
General Manager Steve DeSalvo

The Mississippi Braves, or M-Braves as they are referred to locally, are a minor league baseball team based in Pearl, Mississippi, a suburb of Jackson. The team is the Class AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, and plays in the Southern League. The team is owned and operated by Liberty Media, which also owns the Atlanta Braves. Liberty purchased the Braves from Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting unit in 2007.[1]

Contents

  • Team history 1
  • Championships 2
  • Roster 3
  • Notable players 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Team history

For 20 years, from 1984 to 2004, the Mississippi Braves were based in Greenville, South Carolina, and known as the Greenville Braves. Due to the condition of Greenville Municipal Stadium, and the failure to reach an agreement with the Greenville County council for a new ballpark, the team pursued relocation. Before the 2004 season, the Braves announced their intentions to relocate to Pearl, Mississippi, after the season's conclusion.

The Mississippi Braves first season began on April 18, 2005. The Braves opened their inaugural season in Trustmark Park with a loss against the Montgomery Biscuits.

Championships

On September 13, 2008, the Mississippi Braves beat the Carolina Mudcats, 3–2, in the 10th inning of the decisive Game 5 of the Southern League Championship Series. This was the M-Braves first championship since relocating to Mississippi and was the first Southern League title for Atlanta's Double-A franchise since 1997.[2]

Roster

Notable players

Alex Wood pitching for the Mississippi Braves

* Promoted directly to Atlanta.

References

  1. ^ Joe Bramhall. tHoover's "Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc." . Hoover's. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  2. ^ http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080914/SPORTS09/809140389 The Clarion-Ledger: M-Braves complete mission

External links

  • Official site
  • Manager Phillip Wellman's tirade
  • "Mississippi Braves Media Guide" (PDF). 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  • Mississippi Braves photos
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