Jackson Generals

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Jackson Generals
Founded in 1998
Jackson, Tennessee
JacksonGenerals.PNGJacksonGeneralscap.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentDouble-A (1998–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSouthern League (1998–present)
DivisionNorth
Major league affiliations
CurrentArizona Diamondbacks (2017–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 2000
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2019
Division titles (7)
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2005
  • 2012
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2019
Team data
NicknameJackson Generals (2011–present)
Previous names
  • West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (1998–2010)
ColorsGreen, black, white
              
MascotSarge the Bulldog[1]
BallparkThe Ballpark at Jackson (1998–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Jackson Baseball Club LP
ManagerBlake Lalli
General ManagerMarcus Sabata[2]
MediaMiLB.TV
Jackson Generals Baseball Network
A game at Pringles Park in August 2005

The Jackson Generals are a Minor League Baseball team of the Southern League and the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team is located in Jackson, Tennessee, and plays their home games at The Ballpark at Jackson. Opened in 1998, the park currently holds 6,000 people.

From their inaugural season until 2010, the Generals were known as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. The new moniker is in reference to the minor league of the same name which played in Jackson during the first half of the 20th century.

Jackson has won four Southern League championships. Their first came in 2000 as the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. They won a second time in 2016 while a farm club of the Seattle Mariners. Their two most-recent titles were won in 2018 and 2019 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Team history[edit]

Chicago Cubs (1998–2006)[edit]

Logo as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx

Following the 1997 season, the Southern League's Memphis Chicks relocated from nearby Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson. In 1998, the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, as the Jackson club was known through 2010, became the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. In the following season, 1999, manager Dave Trembley led the team to win the West Division title. They went on to play in the Southern League championship series where they were defeated by the Orlando Rays, three games to one. The Diamond Jaxx also hosted the SL All-Star Game that season.

The 2000 team was managed by Dave Bialas and featured such future major league stars as Carlos Zambrano and Corey Patterson. The team also won its first SL championship. They defeated the Birmingham Barons, 3–2, to win the West Division title, and then beat the Jacksonville Suns, 3–2, to take the league title.

One of the Diamond Jaxx' worst seasons came in 2001 when the team won only 59 games and lost 80, finishing with a .424 average. In 2002, the team lost the West Division championship to the Birmingham Barons, two games to three. In 2004, Sammy Sosa appeared in two games for the club.

In 2005, Nomar Garciaparra played in four games for the Diamond Jaxx. The team, managed by Bobby Dickerson, returned to postseason action for the first time since 2002. They won the North Division championship versus the Carolina Mudcats before losing the league championship to the Jacksonville Suns, one game to three.

After the 2005 season, the team considered a move to South Carolina, citing financial problems, but team owner Bob Lozinak was denied permission by Major League Baseball.[3] They later signed a three-year lease to play at Pringles Park, now The Ballpark at Jackson, through the 2008 season.

Following the 2006 season, the Diamond Jaxx ended their affiliation with the Cubs. Team ownership made an attempt to sell the team to a group of investors in Florida, which was approved by the city, but failed to meet deadlines for approval by MLB, Minor League Baseball, and the Southern League.[3]

Seattle Mariners (2007–2016)[edit]

The Diamond Jaxx began their affiliation with the Seattle Mariners in 2007. They finished the season with a .432 winning percentage.

On October 2, 2007, The Tennessean, reported that the team's owners entered into an agreement to sell the team to a group of Nashville-based investors. Low attendance and financial problems were cited as reasons for the sale. One of the new owners is Reese Smith III, who was also a minority partner in the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. The new owners planned to keep the team in Jackson for the 2008 season in an attempt to increase attendance and break even (financially).[3] The sale was approved by the Southern League during the 2007 Baseball Winter Meetings.[4] The majority owner is David Freeman, who is also the majority owner of the Nashville Predators.[5]

On September 6, 2010, the team announced that they were retiring the Diamond Jaxx nickname after the 2010 SL playoffs, rebranding as the Jackson Generals for 2011 and beyond.[6]

The Generals won the Southern League championship in 2016, their final season as a Mariners affiliate.

Arizona Diamondbacks (2017–present)[edit]

The Generals entered into a four-year player-development contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks to begin with the 2017 season.[7] They won back-to-back Southern League championships in 2018 and 2019.

Television and Radio[edit]

All Jackson Generals games are televised on MiLB.TV. All games are also broadcast on radio by Radio Willie 94.1 FM and 1390 AM with sportscaster Tyler Springs handling the play-by-play since 2017.[8]

Season-by-season records[edit]

West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Southern League)
Year Regular Season Post-season
Record Win % Finish* Record Win % Result
1998 66–74 .471 3rd
1999 84–57 .596 1st 4–4 .500 Won West Division Championship vs Chattanooga Lookouts, 3–1
Lost SL Championship vs Orlando Rays, 3–1
2000 80–58 .580 1st 6–4 .600 Won West Division Championship vs Birmingham Barons, 3–2
Won SL Championship vs Jacksonville Suns, 3–2
2001 59–80 .424 5th
2002 73–67 .521 3rd 2–3 .400 Lost West Division Championship vs Birmingham Barons, 3–2
2003 65–73 .471 4th
2004 70–68 .507 3rd
2005 83–56 .597 1st 4–3 .571 Won North Division Championship vs Carolina Mudcats, 3–0
Lost SL Championship vs Jacksonville Suns, 3–1
2006 75–65 .536 2nd
2007 60–79 .432 4th
2008 70–68 .507 3rd 0–3 .000 Lost North Division Championship vs Carolina Mudcats, 3–0
2009 62–78 .443 5th
2010 73–66 .525 2nd 1–3 .250 Lost North Division Championship vs Tennessee Smokies, 3–1
2011 68–72 .486 3rd
2012 79–61 .564 1st 4–4 .500 Won North Division Championship vs Chattanooga Lookouts, 3–1
Lost SL Championship vs Mobile BayBears, 3–1
2013 62–73 .459 3rd
2014 63–76 .453 3rd
2015 53–83 .390 5th
2016 84–55 .604 1st 6–1 .857 Won North Division Championship vs Montgomery Biscuits, 3–1
Won SL Championship vs Mississippi Braves, 3–0
2017 71–69 .507 3rd
2018 75–64 .541 2nd 6–3 .667 Won North Division Championship vs Montgomery Biscuits, 3–2
Won SL Championship vs Biloxi Shuckers, 3–1
Totals 1,475–1,442 .505 33–28 .541 3 League Championships, 6 Division Championships
Note: * Finish denotes their position in the overall divisional standings.

Roster[edit]

Jackson Generals roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 31 Miguel Aguilar
  • 24 Ryan Atkinson
  • 41 Jeff Bain
  • 36 Matt Brill
  • -- J. B. Bukauskas
  • 46 Junior Garcia
  • 18 Josh Green
  • 40 Kevin McCanna
  • 28 Jayson McKinley
  • 43 Matt Peacock
  • 38 Cole Stapler
  • 30 West Tunnell

Catchers

Infielders

  •  2 Galli Cribbs Jr.
  •  3 Camden Duzenack
  • 29 Drew Ellis
  • 12 Ramon Hernandez
  • 13 Pavin Smith
  •  8 L.T. Tolbert

Outfielders

  • 16 Seth Beer
  • 24 Ben DeLuzio
  • 54 Ryan Grotjohn
  • 50 Mark Karaviotis


Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 9, 2019
Transactions
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Arizona Diamondbacks minor league players

Notable former players[edit]

Many current and former major leaguers have played for the Diamond Jaxx/Generals. A list of notable players includes:

Ballpark[edit]

The Generals' current, and only, ballpark is The Ballpark at Jackson. The park, which is owned by the City of Jackson, was opened in 1998 and seats 6,000 fans.

Minor league affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
AAA Reno Aces Pacific Coast League Reno, Nevada
AA Jackson Generals Southern League Jackson, Tennessee
Advanced A Visalia Rawhide California League Visalia, California
A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Geneva, Illinois
Short Season A Hillsboro Hops Northwest League Hillsboro, Oregon
Rookie Missoula Osprey Pioneer League Missoula, Montana
AZL D-backs Arizona League Scottsdale, Arizona
DSL D-backs Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Sarge the Bulldog". Jackson Generals. Minor League baseball. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Front Office". Jackson Generals. Minor League baseball. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Sisk, Chris. "Nashville group buys Jackson baseball club." The Tennessean. October 2, 2007: 1B.
  4. ^ "Marlins to deal Willis, Cabrera to Tigers." The Tennessean. December 5, 2007.
  5. ^ http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080501/SPORTS04/805010359/1002/SPORTS
  6. ^ http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100906&content_id=14376552&vkey=news_t104&fext=.jsp&sid=t104 Jackson Generals Unveiled as 2011 Team Name
  7. ^ Thomas, David (September 19, 2016). "Generals have new MLB affiliate". The Jackson Sun. Retrieved September 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "Jackson Generals Front Office". MiLB.com. Retrieved April 18, 2019.

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