South Georgia Waves

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South Georgia Waves
Minor league affiliations
Previous classesLow-A
LeagueSouth Atlantic League
DivisionSouthern Division
Major league affiliations
Previous teamsLos Angeles Dodgers (2002)
Minor league titles
League titles None
Division titles 2002 Southern Division champions (1st half)
Team data
Previous names
Previous parks
Paul Eames Sports Complex (2002)

The South Georgia Waves were a Low-A class minor league baseball team in Albany, Georgia for one season before relocating to Columbus, Georgia, where they operated under the same name for the 2003 season before being rebranded the Columbus Catfish. The Waves were members of the South Atlantic League and a farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Franchise history[edit]

South Georgia's mascot was a blue creature named "Crash", who was brought over when the franchise moved from Wilmington. According to Crash’s baseball card for the 2001 Wilmington Waves, Crash was born on November 11, 2000, in Wilmington, North Carolina. Crash made his first appearance at the Westfield Shoppingtown Independence Mall with Santa Claus. Also, Crash’s favorite things were baseball, the beach, dancing, playing with water guns, and his park buddy, the Wilmington Waves’ head groundskeeper.

Nine days before the 2003 season was to begin the Waves moved from Albany to Columbus. This was due in part because of disputes between the team owner David Heller[1] and the city of Albany in regard to a baseball stadium deal.[citation needed]

Originally, the team was going to be bought by both Cal Ripken Jr. and Don Mattingly, where the two would move the franchise north to Evansville, Indiana, prior to the 2004 season.[2] However, the deal fell through and Heller retained ownership and renamed the team the Columbus Catfish.[3]

List of South Georgia Waves players in the MLB[edit]

All players are listed in alphabetical order by surname.

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2002 75-63 5th Scott Little


  1. ^ "Waves ready to move again - Live, Local, Late Breaking news, weather, and sports". Archived from the original on 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2010-07-17.
  2. ^ "BallParkWatch - South Georgia Waves Announce Move to Evansville; Mattingly and Ripken Are Partners". Archived from the original on 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2008-06-01.
  3. ^ " Minors: Business Beat: Business Beat: March 5". Archived from the original on 2008-03-10.