Peninsula Pilots (minor league team)

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The Peninsula Pilots were a Minor League Baseball team located in Hampton, Virginia. They began play in the Carolina League in 1976 as a Philadelphia Phillies farm team. The 1980 team was named the 74th best Minor League team of the 20th century in a list by two noted minor league historians, Bill Weiss and Marshall Wright. The team was known as the Peninsula White Sox in 1986–1987 while affiliated with the Chicago White Sox, and as the Virginia Generals in 1988 when they operated as an unaffiliated co-op club. They regained their original name in 1989 and major league affiliation returned in 1990 with the Seattle Mariners (1990–1992). The team's existence ended after the 1992 season when they relocated to Wilmington, Delaware and became the Wilmington Blue Rocks.[1]

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1976 71-65 2nd Cal Emery none
1977 71-67 2nd Jim Snyder League Champs
1978 90-49 1st Jim Snyder Lost League Finals
1979 68-68 3rd Ron Clark none
1980 100-40 1st Bill Dancy League Champs
1981 71-65 1st Bill Dancy Lost League Finals
1982 90-47 1st Bill Dancy Lost in 1st round
1983 58-80 7th Tony Taylor
1984 73-67 3rd Ron Clark Lost in 1st round
1985 67-68 3rd Ron Clark
1986 60-74 5th Bob Bailey / Duke Sims
1987 66-74 5th (tie) Marv Foley
1988 41-99 8th Joe Breeden
1989 44-89 8th Jim Thrift
1990 57-83 7th Jim Nettles
1991 46-93 8th Steve Smith
1992 74-64 2nd Marc Hill League Champs

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