For the third consecutive season, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shimp, the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, have set a home attendance record.
The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have only been in existence for three seasons, but they continue to make their mark in minor league baseball. The Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins once again set an attendance record for the 2019 season.
Formally known as the Jacksonville Suns, the Southern League affiliate continues to provide “Affordable Family Fun” while coming up with innovative promotions that bring fans to the ballpark.
"Per Scott Kornberg of the Jumbo Shrimp public relations department, “The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp’s 2019 season presented by Community First Credit Union saw the club welcome a total attendance of 327,388 come through the gates at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, marking the best total attendance in the first three seasons of the Jumbo Shrimp and the first time since 2010 that the club has had at least 317,000 fans come to Jacksonville home games in three consecutive years.”"
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The Jumbo Shrimp have completed their home season here in Jacksonville and are in a battle to claim the Southern Division second half-title and a playoff berth. Jacksonville made the playoffs in 2017. The Jumbo Shrimp are currently four games behind the Biloxi Shuckers.
Jacksonville continues to be a hotbed for Marlins Major League talent. This season, pitchers Jordan Yamamoto and Robert Dugger have taken the mound in an MLB game but started their seasons in Jacksonville. Yamamoto has become a fixture in the Marlins starting rotation. The team’s Minor League Player of the Year, Isan Diaz, played second base in Jacksonville last season before moving on to Triple-A New Orleans.
"“We are so grateful for how the Jacksonville community has embraced the Jumbo Shrimp, said Jumbo Shrimp owner Ken Babby. “We thank all of the extraordinary fans and partners of Crustacean Nation for a memorable season of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Our staff is truly humbled, and we look forward to more Affordable Family Fun for many years to come.”"
Jacksonville begins a series with the Jackson Generals on the road on Thursday. Former first-round draft pick Trevor Rogers will take the mound. A recent promotion for Rogers, he is 1-2 with 4.71 ERA in Southern League play.