Augusta GreenJackets Invited to Become Atlanta Braves Affiliate
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC. - Today, the Atlanta Braves announced an invitation to the Augusta GreenJackets to be the organization's new Low-A affiliate beginning in 2021.
This invitation signals the next step in the formation of the new player development structure for minor league baseball in 2021. The GreenJackets look forward to receiving the official Professional Development License Agreement and finalize this agreement to begin a new era of GreenJackets baseball at SRP Park.
For more than 130 years, baseball has been embedded in the fabric of the CSRA. In 2021 with this invitation, the Braves will usher in a new era of GreenJackets baseball as Augusta's fourth major league affiliate since 1988, joining the Pirates (1988-1998), Red Sox (1999-2004) and Giants (2005-2020).
"With this invitation, the GreenJackets are officially on the path to being affiliated with the Atlanta Braves. This has been a long process, and we gratefully await the official Professional Development License Agreement so we can finalize this partnership and complete what is a truly historic event for sports in the CSRA. Never before has this market had ties directly to our truest home team, the Atlanta Braves. We couldn't dream of a team we would want to affiliate with more. Thanks to the vision and leadership of North Augusta, SRP Park should soon be home to the Braves' top prospects, and fans can see the future of the Braves right here on the river for years to come." - Jeff Eiseman, President & Partner, Augusta GreenJackets
"The Atlanta Braves are thrilled to extend an invitation to the Augusta GreenJackets to become a Class A affiliate within our player development system," Braves Executive Vice President of Minor League Affiliates and Strategic Planning Chip Moore said. "The prospect of welcoming the greater Augusta region as an official part of Braves Country is an exciting day for our organization. The GreenJackets are a tremendous organization and SRP Park is a state-of-the-art facility that will be a true asset in helping develop our minor-league players."
The GreenJackets would like to thank the San Francisco Giants for the 15-year affiliation we enjoyed dating to 2005. Highlights include four division championships and one South Atlantic League Championship in 2008. The Giants affiliation brought us players like 3-time World Series Winner Madison Bumgarner, GJ favorite Pablo Sandoval, Sergio Romo and many more.
Fans will have a lot to look forward to at SRP Park in 2021 and beyond. Since the inception of SRP Park in 2018, this state-of-the-art facility has shattered attendance records, with 266,569 joining us for GreenJackets games in 2019. It has won multiple "Ballpark of the Year" Awards, including USA Today and Ballpark Digest honors. We have hosted events drawing over 150,000+ visitors over the past 3 years including Jake Owen's Life's Whatcha Make it Tour, Augusta at Night, Augusta Craft Beer Festival, Border Bash, Spring Wing Fest, Palmetto Peach Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and Baseball Tournaments, SRP Park College Showcase and High School Series.
This is an exciting time for our franchise, and we look forward to an exciting 2021 season and future as an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Season Seat memberships are on-sale now for the 2021 season. For more information, visit www.gjmembers.com.
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