The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Miami Marlins Double-A affiliate, announced its field staff for the upcoming 2019 Southern League season.
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, through the team’s public relations department, has announced its field staff for the upcoming 2019 Southern League season. The Jumbo Shrimp are the Double-A affiliate of the Marlins.
"Per Roger Hoover of the Jumbo Shrimp, “The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, announced on Thursday that Kevin Randel will serve as the club’s manager for the 2019 season. Randel returns to Jacksonville after winning Southern League championships with the club as a player in 2009 and hitting coach in 2014.”More from Marlins NewsMiami Marlins news: Another target goneWhy didn’t the Miami Marlins sign JDM?Miami Marlins rejected Boston‘s trade offerMiami Marlins are pursuing Michael ConfortoMiami Marlins need to spend to win“Randel is joined by pitching coach Bruce Walton, hitting coach Sean Berry, and defensive coach Jose Ceballos. Brady Fitzgerald will serve as the club’s strength and conditioning coach, Joe Comando returns as the clubhouse manager, and Jacksonville’s athletic trainer and video manager are still to be announced.”"
The Jumbo Shrimp has been an affiate of Miami’s since 2009 and won two Southern League titles in the first two years as Miami’s minor league franchise. Back then, they were known as the Suns. They also won the Southern League Title in 2014, which was the sixth minor league championship in franchise history.
This will be the third season under the new mascot’s name.
Randel is no stranger to the Marlins organization as he has experience managing in Class A ball.
"“Randel has spent the last four years as a manager in the Marlins system, first with Single-A Greensboro from 2015-16 before the last two seasons managing the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads,” Hoover wrote."
Jacksonville has had many Major League players come through the city on their way to the Big Leagues, including current Major League star J.T. Realmuto.
In other news: Can you name that minor league team?
Miami will have a new Triple-A affiliate next season in Witchita. The franchise is asking fans to help pick the name of the ball club’s new mascot.
"Per MLB.com, “The Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate, the New Orleans Baby Cakes — an amazing name in its own right — will be packing up and moving to Wichita, Kan., at the start of the 2020 season, but the Wichita Baby Cakes doesn’t make any sense, so the team is going to need a new name.”"
New Orleans had its own contest last season when it changed its name from the Zephyrs to the Baby Cakes.