Columbia Fireflies

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Team History[edit]

The Columbia Fireflies, formerly of the South Atlantic League and Low-A East, and now in the Carolina League, returned affiliated baseball to Columbia, SC. The Kansas City Royals farmhands play their home games at Segra Park in Columbia, SC.

The Savannah Sand Gnats moved to Columbia after the 2015 season, becoming the Fireflies. In both a homecoming and a once-and-future event, the Gnats-turned-Lightning Bugs started their history as a New York Mets' affiliate - as Columbia's previous ball club, the Capital City Bombers, had ended. The affiliation switch to the Royals resulted from MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization.

"Fireflies" salutes a particular species of lightning bug, the Photuris frontalis. About the time baseball season starts, thousands of Phots in Congaree National Park synchronize their flashing for a few weeks. It is the only species of firefly in North America known to do so, and there are only six places in the world where this happens[1].

The Fireflies play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Chicharrones de Columbia (a chicharron is a popular pork-based dish in Mexican cuisine).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2016 67-73 10th Jose Leger Joel Fuentes Jonathan Hurst
2017 68-70 9th Jose Leger Joel Fuentes Jonathan Hurst Josh Kozuch
2018 64-70 9th Pedro Lopez Ender Chavez Jonathan Hurst
2019 52-84 14th Pedro Lopez Luis Rivera Royce Ring Gilbert Gomez
2020 Season cancelled
2021 48-71 10th Brooks Conrad Jesus Azuaje Carlos Martinez Glenn Hubbard
2022 52-79 11th Tony Pena Jr. Jesus Azuaje John Habyan Glenn Hubbard, Chris Nelson
2023 Tony Pena Jr. Ariel Adut John Habyan Matt Schmidt

Further Reading[edit]

  • Michael Clair: "The Columbia Fireflies are making your glow-in-the-dark uniform dreams come true", Cut4,, January 28, 2016. [2]

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