Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Two players from the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, a minor league Triple-A baseball team under the Miami Marlins organization, are heading to the coronavirus-delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics to play for two different teams.

Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.
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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are returning to full capacity.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

If watching the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp play isn’t enough for you, now’s your chance to join the crew at 121 Financial Park. 

Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.
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The general manager of the Jumbo Shrimp said Monday diversity efforts might look different for the minor leagues than the major leagues. 

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Executive Vice President and General Manager Harold Craw has been named to Minor League Baseball’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. 

Craw is among seven members of the new committee, the first of its kind in the minor leagues. 

The home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.
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Opening day for the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp is getting pushed back a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Fans enjoy a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp home game during the 2019 season.
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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are moving to the top tier of Minor League Baseball (MiLB).

St. Johns Riverkeeper Executive Director Jimmy Orth (center) and Jumbo Shrimp GM Howard Craw (right), holding up the design for the special Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp license plate. The baseball field in the background.
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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp hopes to offer fans a special team license plate if the team can get enough orders. 

There will be no Jumbo Shrimp games this summer at 121 Financial Ballpark
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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp 2020 season has been cancelled as part Minor League Baseball’s decision to cancel its season.

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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have indefinitely postponed the start of the team’s 2020 season along with two job fairs that we’re originally scheduled for March 14 and 17.

Team Owner Ken Babby at Podium with Mayor Lenny Curry and others in team clubhouse
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When Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Owner and CEO Ken Babby took the podium Wednesday morning to make a franchise announcement, he made one thing immediately clear.

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The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will give one altruistic fan the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch.

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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp fans with broadcast aspirations: now is your time try out as the minor league baseball team’s public address voice.

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The Jumbo Shrimp are hiring for the 2019 home season at the Jacksonville Baseball Grounds.

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The Double-A Jumbo Shrimp baseball team has approved a long-term lease extension with the city that is expected to keep the team at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville through at least the 2033 season.

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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp fans now have a new way to express their crustacean crush at cash registers.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team, the Jumbo Shrimp, is turning to its fans to design this season’s promotional t-shirt.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

It was a year ago today that the Jacksonville Suns Double-A Southern league baseball team was transformed into the Jumbo Shrimp.

The navy ball cap Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp players wear on their home field beat out 32 other minor league baseball teams to make it into the final four of a best cap-logo contest put on by the website Baseball America.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Visit Jacksonville CEO Paul Astleford (1:02) about THE PLAYERS Championship’s impact on the region and concerns about the funding of Visit Florida. Attorney Wayne Hogan, Donna Orender and Director of Development at the ALS Association Florida Chapter Carmen Stokes (21:24) spoke about May 21  ALS fundraiser at the Baseball Grounds. Our new segment “Moveable Feast,” hosted by Women’s Food Alliance founder Leigh Cort, spoke with Casa Marina Hotel General Manager Mark Vandeloo (32:45), and this month’s First Coast Connect Book Club with blogger Stacey Goldring (40:53) discussed the book “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. 

 

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Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team, the Jumbo Shrimp, played Wednesday night's season opener before a near record home crowd of more than 10,000 fans — that’s after many fans booed the team’s name change from the Jacksonville Suns last fall.

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Tuesday is the last day for Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp fans to pick a name for the team’s new mascot. 

Last year, when the Jacksonville Suns became the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the team adopted a pink, muscle-bound, fighting crustacean as its logo.

Spokesman Marco LaNave calls it “the J shrimp” because it’s “in the shape of a J naturally — for Jacksonville." But the scrappy little fellow is as yet nameless.

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If you’re planning on taking in some games at the baseball grounds this season and you’re wondering what to eat at the ballpark, keep in mind: They’re not called the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp for nothing.

Last year, the new owner Ken Babby changed the name of the Class AA minor league team from the Suns to the Jumbo Shrimp. 

And Thursday the team rolled out some of the new shrimp dishes on the menu.

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp merchandise is flying off the shelves, a little more than month after the minor league ball team’s owner changed the name from the Suns.

  Our weekly Media Roundtable featured Andrew Pantazi of the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth, editor of Folio Weekly; Tim Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal; and Fred Matthews, formerly of the Examiner. We then heard from Museum spokesman Joe Snowberger and Michael Rothfeld with the Veterans Council of St. Johns County about several events next week heading into Veterans Day to honor First Coast Veterans..We were also joined by spokeswomen Tracy Aquila and Sarah Christian to talk about the annual Signature Chefs Auction to benefit the March of Dimes.  


                 

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Welcome to Redux, a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT and the news podcast of the First Coast.

This week, President Barak Obama and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump were in Jacksonville in the days prior to Election Day. We also hear from Ken Babby, owner of Jacksonville's Class AA minor league baseball team that was recently renamed the Jumbo Shrimp; and we revisit the 2000 election to remind new voters how much every vote matters.


On First Coast Connect Thursday we spoke with the owner of Jacksonville’s minor league baseball team Ken Babby about the team’s controversial name change. We also spoke with North Florida Land Trust Executive Director Jim McCarthy about a way landowners can receive an additional tax deduction for 2016.