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Suns logo 1991-2009

The Jacksonville Suns are a AA minor league baseball team in the Southern League. They have been in the league since 1970 and since 2009, they have been an affiliate of the Miami Marlins (known as the Florida Marlins until 2012). They were known as the "Jacksonville Expos" between 1985 and 1990, when they were an affiliate of the Montreal Expos. The Suns were Southern League champions in 1996 and 2005 and co-champions in 2001. The club currently calls the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville their home park.

Another team called the Jacksonville Suns played in the AAA International League from 1962 to 1968. That club won titles in '62 and '64, with a 10th-place finish in between. The 10th-place squad had a pitching staff that at times included Tommy John, Ted Abernathy and Mike Cuellar. In 1964 Hector Espino got his only playing time in the US-based minor leagues while with Jacksonville. Bobby Tolan (in 1965), Tom Seaver and Tug McGraw (in 1966), McGraw and Nolan Ryan (in 1967) and McGraw and Amos Otis (in 1968). Many key players on the Miracle Mets appeared for the club during its 7-year run in the IL.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1962 94-60 1st Ben Geraghty Lost League Finals
1963 56-91 10th Ben Geraghty (26-39) / Casey Wise (30-52)
1964 89-62 1st Harry Walker Lost in 1st round
1965 71-76 6th Grover Resinger
1966 68-79 7th Solly Hemus
1967 66-73 5th Bill Virdon
1968 75-71 4th Clyde McCullough League Champs
1970 67-70 5th Gus Niarhos none
1971 63-77 4th Ray Hathaway
1972 64-75 6th Billy Gardner
1973 76-60 2nd Billy Gardner Lost League Finals
1974 78-60 1st Billy Gardner Lost League Finals
1975 59-79 8th Billy Scripture
1976 66-72 6th Billy Scripture
1977 72-66 4th Gordon Mackenzie Lost League Finals
1978 73-69 3rd Gordon Mackenzie
1979 69-72 6th Joe Jones
1980 63-81 8th Gene Lamont
1981 65-77 8th Gene Lamont
1982 83-61 1st Gene Lamont Lost League Finals
1983 77-68 4th Gene Lamont Lost League Finals
1984 76-69 3rd Rick Renick
1991 74-69 4th Jim Nettles
1992 68-75 7th Bob Hartsfield
1993 59-81 10th Marc Hill
1994 60-77 9th Marc Hill
1995 75-69 5th Bill Plummer
1996 75-63 3rd Bill Plummer (39-30) / Larry Parrish (36-33) League Champs
1997 66-73 8th Dave Anderson
1998 86-54 1st (t) Dave Anderson Lost League Finals
1999 75-66 3rd Dave Anderson
2000 69-71 5th Gene Roof Lost League Finals
2001 83-56 1st John Shoemaker Co-Champs*
2002 77-62 2nd Dino Ebel Lost League Finals
2003 66-73 6th (t) Dino Ebel
2004 66-71 7th Dino Ebel
2005 79-61 3rd John Shoemaker League Champs
2006 86-54 1st John Shoemaker Lost in 1st round
2007 80-60 2nd John Shoemaker
2008 68-72 7th John Shoemaker
2009 82-58 2nd Brandon Hyde League Champs
2010 81-59 2nd Tim Leiper League Champs
2011 70-70 5th Andy Barkett
2012 70-70 5th Andy Barkett
2013 73-63 5th Andy Barkett
2014 Andy Barkett

* Series canceled, Huntsville and Jacksonville declared co-champions

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