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Savannah Sand Gnats
Founded in 1984
Savannah, Georgia
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • Single-A
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Savannah Sand Gnats (1996-present)
  • Savannah Cardinals (1984-1995)
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 3 (1993, 1994, 1996)
Division titles 1 (1993)
Owner(s)/Operated by: Hardball Capital LLC
Manager: Edgar Alfonzo
General Manager: John Katz

The Savannah Sand Gnats are a minor league baseball team in Savannah, Georgia and are a member of the A-level South Atlantic League. Since the 2007 season, the Sand Gnats have been an affiliate of the New York Mets.[1]

The Savannah Cardinals played their inaugural season in 1984, affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1996, the team changed its name to the Sand Gnats, and became an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team was affiliated with the Texas Rangers from 1998 to 2002, and the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals from 2003 to 2006.

The Sand Gnats play their home games at Grayson Stadium. Opened in 1927, Grayson Stadium seats 4,700 fans. The team was featured in the first Season of Da Ali G Show, when Borat sang his national anthem, and then ventured into the locker room.[2] The Gnats were also featured on the Food Network show Paula's Home Cooking during the episode "Ball Game," when Paula Deen threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a game and wore a team jersey while cooking.[3] They were also featured to the television show George Lopez, when the character Jason McNamara is drafted by the Nationals, and is going to play for the Sand Gnats.

The Sand Gnats have won three SAL championships (1993, 1994, 1997).

On January 11, 2007, the Sand Gnats named Tim Teufel as manager for the 2007 season.

On May 8, 2007, Jorge Reyes, a pitcher for the Sand Gnats, was suspended for violating Minor League Baseball's substance abuse policy. Reyes was the first player to receive a 100-game suspension for his second violation.[4]

Among their notable alumni are Edwin Encarnacion, Travis Hafner, Hank Blalock, Josh Whitesell, and Ryan Zimmerman.

Contents

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses

Season W L Finish Postseason
1984 78 61 3rd, Southern Lost in semi-finals
1985 57 78 4th, Southern Did Not Qualify
1986 75 60 2nd, Southern Did Not Qualify
1987 69 69 4th, Southern Did Not Qualify
1988 68 67 5th, Southern Did Not Qualify
1989 69 70 4th, Southern Did Not Qualify
1990 73 68 6th, Southern Lost League Finals
1991 61 77 7th, Southern Did Not Qualify
1992 62 78 5th, Southern Did Not Qualify
1993 94 48 1st, Southern League Champions
1994 82 55 2nd, Southern League Champions
1995 56 83 6th, Southern Did Not Qualify
1996 72 69 2nd, Southern League Champions
1997 63 77 3rd, Southern Did Not Qualify
1998 66 76 3rd, Southern Did Not Qualify
1999 62 78 4th, Southern Did Not Qualify
2000 74 65 4th Did Not Qualify
2001 54 82 8th, Southern Did Not Qualify
2002 49 89 8th, Southern Did Not Qualify
2003 58 80 7th, Southern Did Not Qualify
2004 58 80 7th, Southern Did Not Qualify
2005 62 76 7th, Southern Did Not Qualify
2006 56 83 7th, Southern Did Not Qualify
2007 41 94 8th, Southern Did Not Qualify
2008 61 76 7th, Southern Did Not Qualify

1984-1995: Savannah Cardinals

Roster

Savannah Sand Gnats roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • -- Nicholas Abbott
  • -- Eduardo Aldama
  • 23 Kyle Allen
  • 22 Eric Beaulac
  • 30 Robert Carson
  • 48 Steven Cheney
  • 19 John Church
  • 18 Rhiner Cruz
  • -- John Holdzkom
  •  5 Jimmy Johnson
  • 13 Mike Lynn
  • 32 Samuel Martinez
  • 31 Phillips Orta
  • 38 Elvin Ramirez
  • 38 Armando Rodriguez
  • -- Marcos Tabata
  • -- Zachary Von Tersch
Catchers
  • 25 Luis Alen
  • 27 Jean Luc Blaquiere
  • 10 Kai Gronauer
  •  8 Michael Moras

Infielders

  • 36 Jordan Abruzzo
  • 16 Imbewer Alvarez
  • 29 Jeff Flagg
  •  4 Wilmer Flores
  • 28 Nicholas Giarraputo
  •  6 Alonzo Harris
  • 24 Jose Jimenez
  • 12 Jefry Marte

Outfielders

  • 15 Joseph August
  •  8 Rafael Fernandez
  •  2 Juan Lagares
  • 14 Evan LeBlanc
  • 34 Raul Reyes
Manager
  •  7 Edgar Alfonzo

Coaches

  • 17 Marc Valdes (pitching)
  •  9 Ryan Ellis (hitting)
  • -- Jose Carreno (coach)

† Disabled list
* On New York Mets 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated 2009-12-17
Transactions

References

  1. ^ BallParkDigest.com
  2. ^ "Borat's Guide to the USA, Episode Five: Baseball". The Unofficial Borat Homepage. 24 May 2002. http://www.webgeordie.co.uk/borat/usa_baseball.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-07.  
  3. ^ "Food Network synopsis of the Paula's Home Cooking episode". Food Network. 2004. http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/show_pa/episode/0,1976,FOOD_10234_34780,00.html. Retrieved 2007-04-27.  
  4. ^ "Mets minor league pitcher suspended 100 games". Associated Press. 8 May 2007. http://sports.espn.go.com/minorlbb/news/story?id=2864036. Retrieved 2007-05-08.  

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