Founded in 1980
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||South Atlantic League (1980–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||San Francisco Giants (2005–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (4)||
|Division titles (1)||2008|
|Nickname||Augusta GreenJackets (1994–present)|
|Colors||Forest green, dark orange, black, white
|Ballpark||Lake Olmstead Stadium|
|Agon Sports Entertainment, LLC.|
|General Manager||Tom Denlinger|
The Augusta GreenJackets are a minor league baseball team that plays in Augusta, Georgia, as a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Lake Olmstead Stadium has been the home of the GreenJackets since the 1995 season, although Augusta has fielded a team in the South Atlantic League since 1988. The team is named in honor of The Masters golf tournament held in Augusta, where the winner receives a green jacket.
Before the Giants took over the club's affiliation after the 2004 season, the GreenJackets were a part of the Boston Red Sox organization. Prior to that the Red Sox replaced the Pittsburgh Pirates in Augusta. The GreenJackets boast third baseman Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia as the only prospects to make the Red Sox roster, although knuckle baller Tim Wakefield pitched there in 1989 with the Pirates organization. The Red Sox' relationship with Augusta met with immediate success when the GreenJackets won the South Atlantic League championship in their first year as an affiliate team.
Built primarily as a baseball facility between 1994 and 1995, Lake Olmstead Stadium was transformed by the GreenJackets into a versatile entertainment center for Augusta and the surrounding communities. The stadium seats 4,400 with nearly 1,000 box seats, 830 reserved seats, over 2,000 general admission seats, and also offers a large 500 person picnic area down the left field line and a Grill and Bar area down the right field line. Lake Olmstead Stadium has been the site of events associated with The Masters golf tournament, many concerts, the Annual Masters Beach Blast Concert, and other special events as well.
Despite holding the best overall record in their division, the GreenJackets missed the playoffs in 2009 and 2010. Only the winners of the first- and second-half advance due to the playoff format of the South Atlantic League, something Augusta failed to do in either season.
Besides Wakefield, Youkilis, and Pedroia other Major League Baseball players that performed at Lake Olmstead Stadium include Moisés Alou, Emmanuel Burriss, Carlos García, Brian Horwitz, Jason Kendall, Orlando Merced, Hanley Ramírez, Brandon Moss, Luis Mendoza, Pablo Sandoval, Eugenio Vélez, Brian Wilson, Madison Bumgarner, and Tony Womack.
Augusta GreenJackets roster
- "2008 MiLBY Awards". MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2012-04-08.