Pensacola Blue Wahoos Get Final Major League Approval

September 23, 2011

After months of waiting, working, and negotiating, Pensacola officially has a major league baseball franchise.

In a letter from the Office of Commissioner Bud Selig, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos were granted official standing by Major League Baseball last week as the Double-A farm club of the Cincinnati Reds franchise. The approval is part of a complicated transaction that involved other minor league teams, the purchase of the Reds’ Carolina Mudcats farm team, and the relocation and renaming of that team to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

The approval from Major League Baseball follows the recent go-ahead by the Southern League, the division of minor league baseball that gave the Blue Wahoos the preliminary go-ahead to come to town. Blue Wahoos President Bruce Baldwin said that the official approval from Major League Baseball triggers a host of other activities and opportunities for the team.

“Because the Blue Wahoos are a franchise of the Major League Baseball Cincinnati Reds, we have to comply with many of the same branding, marketing, and legal standards as Major League teams do. Major League Baseball is rightfully very protective of their product, and so this final approval gives the Blue Wahoos the green light to start doing some of the things that people associate with team sports,” said Baldwin. “Over the next few months, we will be rolling out a new website, unveiling our logo, releasing all sorts of great merchandise for the fans, and our season ticket holders will be picking their seats – all before the end of the year,” said Baldwin

Baldwin was excited about the final approval and looked forward to the next steps in rolling out the new franchise.

“This is great news and we’re really excited about bringing the Blue Wahoos to Pensacola. The stadium is coming along, and now that we’re officially approved by Major League Baseball I think the community and fans will start to see some more activity and excitement around the Blue Wahoos organization,” said Baldwin. “It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to the Blue Wahoo experience being a real draw for Pensacola and our fans, because we believe that a Blue Wahoo game won’t just be a baseball game, but an entire family, social, and entertainment event.”


5 Responses to “Pensacola Blue Wahoos Get Final Major League Approval”

  1. Colin Richards on September 26th, 2011 3:07 pm

    Hey, looking forward to visiting Pensacola from FWB and seeing a few games next year. Not Again why are people so negative about everything. This is an entertainment that gets your mind off of the problems of life. Come out and enjoy with us and chill down

  2. Loves Baseball on September 26th, 2011 10:51 am

    That’s exciting! This will make great family/friends outings. Pensacola has been needing something like this for entertainment. We have alot of good baseball players out there and it will be nice not having to travel to see them play!

  3. Everett on September 24th, 2011 2:57 am

    To answer NotAgain,

    You will see a better quaility of baseball with this new team. They will be on the same quaility level as the Mobile Bay Bears, Jacksonville Suns, And Birmingham Barons. The pelicans and the southern league were a joke I agree. It will be better organized and managed as they are part of the Reds organization. You will be pleasantly suprised after one game. If not I will personally refund your cost of the game ticket back to you.

  4. Melanie on September 23rd, 2011 3:12 pm

    Good Job Pensacola! Looking forward to cheering for some Wahoos!

  5. NotAgain on September 23rd, 2011 7:31 am

    “After months of waiting, working, and negotiating, Pensacola officially has a major league baseball franchise.”

    Major league? Hardly. Minor league team full of benchwarmers, washouts, and wannabes. Pensacola has had 7 baseball teams over the course of history and this makes number 8. Way to throw good money after bad. Where are the JOBS and other things that were promised, like the museum?

    boo wahoos.

Have a comment on this story?

We welcome your comments on this story, but there are some rules to follow::

(1) Be Nice. No comments that slander another, no racism, no sexism, no personal attacks.

(2) No Harrassing Comments. If someone says something bad about you, don't respond. That's childish.

(3) No Libel. That's saying something is not true about someone. Don't do it.

(4) Keep it clean. Nothing vulgar, obscene or sexually related. No profanity or obvious substitutions. Period.

(5) reserves the right to remove any comments that violate our rules or we think to be inappropriate. We are not responsible for what is posted. Comments may not appear right away until they are approved by a moderator.

(6) Limit your comments to the subject in this story only, and limit comments to 300 words or less. Do not post copyrighted material. Comments will not be added to stories that are over 30 days old.

(7) No posts may advertise a commercial business or political group, or link to another commercial web site or political site of any kind.