Savannah Sand Gnats

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Team History[edit]

Gnats mascot "Nate the Gnat"

The Savannah Sand Gnats began playing in the South Atlantic League in 1996, when the club changed its name from the Savannah Cardinals. Led by Adrian Beltre and Eric Gagné, they captured the league title in their inaugural season. They have been affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, and last were a New York Mets farm team. Over the years, other notable Sand Gnats have included Carlos Pena, Travis Hafner, Hank Blalock, Kevin Mench, Ryan Zimmerman and Laynce Nix. The Sand Gnats played their home games at Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Georgia. After the 2015 season, the team moved to Columbia, SC to become the Columbia Fireflies.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

An Army Major fires the first pitch before a game in June 2009
Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1996 72-69 7th John Shoemaker League Champs Travis Barbary
1997 63-77 11th John Shelby Travis Barbary
1998 66-76 11th Paul Carey Dan Gakeler
1999 62-78 12th Paul Carey Jim Murphy Aris Tirado
2000 74-65 4th Paul Carey Andy Skeels Fred Dabney
2001 54-80 15th Bill Slack / Pedro Lopez Andy Hawkins
2002 49-89 16th Paul Carey Joe Ayrault Andy Hawkins
2003 58-80 13th Joey Cora Andy Skeels Reggie Jackson
2004 58-80 14th Bob Henley Joel Chimelis Ricky Bones
2005 62-76 12th Randy Knorr Joel Chimelis Mark Grater
2006 56-83 15th Bobby Williams Jerry Browne Paul Menhart
2007 41-94 16th Tim Teufel Mike Hart Jonathan Hurst Joel Fuentes
2008 61-76 12th Donovan Mitchell George Greer Jonathan Hurst Pedro Lopez Jose Carreno
2009 65-72 12th Edgar Alfonzo Ryan Ellis Marc Valdes Jose Carreno
2010 75-64 4th (t) Pedro Lopez Lost in 1st round Ryan Ellis Marc Valdes Luis Rojas
2011 79-60 2nd (t) Ryan Ellis Lost League Finals Benny Distefano Glenn Abbott Luis Rojas
2012 69-67 6th Luis Rojas Joel Fuentes Frank Viola
2013 77-61 4th Luis Rojas League Champs Joel Fuentes Frank Viola
2014 85-51 4th Luis Rojas Lost in 1st round Valentino Pascucci Marc Valdes
2015 84-53 2nd Jose Leger Lost in 1st round Valentino Pascucci Marc Valdes

External Link[edit]

Savannah Sand Gnats