Mississippi Braves

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Mississippi Braves
Founded in 2005
Pearl, Mississippi
Mississippi Braves logo.svg MississippiBravesCap.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Double-A (2005–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Southern League (2005–present)
Division South
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 (2005–present)
Previous parks
Greenville Municipal Stadium (1984–2004)
Grayson Stadium (1971–1983)
Braves Field (1968–1970)
Disch Field (1966–1967)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Liberty Media
Manager Luis Salazar
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]

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 intention to relocate to Pearl, Mississippi, after the season's conclusion.

The 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]

Television and Radio

All Mississippi Braves games are televised live on MiLB.TV. Beginning with the 2009 season, all regular and post-season Mississippi Braves games air on WYAB 103.9 FM. The current home play-by-play broadcaster is Blake Scott. Derrel Palmer voices away games, in addition to serving as the public address announcer at Trustmark Park.

Roster

Mississippi Braves roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

  • 15 Sal Giardina
  • 28 Jonathan Morales
  • 27 Joe Odom Injury icon 2.svg
  • 22 Kade Scivique

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 14 Keith Curcio
  • 12 Stephen Gaylor
  • 19 Jared James
  •  5 Connor Lien
  • 33 Joey Meneses
  •  2 Tyler Neslony


Manager

Coaches

  • 49 Iván Cruz (hitting)
  • 43 Derrick Lewis (pitching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Atlanta Braves 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 17, 2017
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Atlanta Braves minor league players

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." Check |url= value (help). 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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