The San Francisco Giants and their A Full Season affiliate, the Augusta GreenJackets have extended their PDC with two years through the 2018 season.
Since the first year of their cooperation, 2005, the GreenJackets have reached the playoffs of the South Atlantic League in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013. In 2008 the club won its fourth Sally League title, their first under the helm of the Giants.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Giants. They have been great partners and we have enjoyed great on-field success here in Augusta over the past twelve years. This is an exciting time in GreenJackets history and we look forward to celebrating many more years with the Giants to come”, stated GreenJackets’ President, Jeff Eiseman.
Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans said that the Giants are looking forward to continuing their relationship with Augusta and the front office staff for the GreenJackets. “We have enjoyed our last twelve years in Augusta and sense the excitement about the player development opportunities ahead”, hence Evans.
In the twelve years that both teams are linked to each other, Augusta was a stop for several MLB players: Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo and many more.
The history of the Greenjackets dates back to 1980 when the team operated as a coop team in Macon Georgia. The Macon peaches. In the seasons 1981 and 1982, the team was the partner of the Detroit Tigers. The St. Louis Cardinals teamed up with the team for only the 1983 season as the team was called the Macon Redbirds. The Pittsburgh Pirates signed an affiliation with the club in 1984 that lasted through the 1998 season. In those years with the Pirates, the team moved from Macon to Augusta in 1988 to become the Augusta Pirates. In 1994 the team adopted its current name. In 1999 the team would become a Red Sox affiliate. Only Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis were GreenJackets that made it to the bigs. Eventually in 2005 the club paired with the Giants.
The GreenJackets are currently playing in Lake Olmstead Stadium, but the team will head to a new Augusta ballpark in 2018.