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[edit] Team History

Gnats mascot "Nate the Gnat"
An Army Major fires the first pitch before a game in June 2009

The Savannah Sand Gnats have played in the South Atlantic League since 1996, when the club changed its name from the Savannah Cardinals. Led by Adrian Beltre and Eric Gagné, they captured the league title in their inaugural season. They have been affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals, and are currently a New York Mets farm team. Over the years, other notable Sand Gnats have included Carlos Pena, Travis Hafner, Hank Blalock, Kevin Mench, Ryan Zimmerman and Laynce Nix. The Sand Gnats play their home games at Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Georgia.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1996 72-69 7th John Shoemaker League Champs Travis Barbary
1997 63-77 11th John Shelby Travis Barbary
1998 66-76 11th Paul Carey
1999 62-78 12th Paul Carey
2000 74-65 4th Paul Carey Fred Dabney
2001 54-80 15th Bill Slack / Pedro Lopez
2002 49-89 16th Paul Carey Joe Ayrault
2003 58-80 13th Joey Cora
2004 58-80 14th Bob Henley Joel Chimelis
2005 62-76 12th Randy Knorr Joel Chimelis
2006 56-83 15th Bobby Williams Paul Menhart
2007 41-94 16th Tim Teufel Mike Hart Jonathan Hurst Joel Fuentes
2008 61-76 12th Donovan Mitchell Jonathan Hurst Jose Carreno
2009 65-72 12th Edgar Alfonzo Ryan Ellis Marc Valdes Jose Carreno
2010 75-64 4th (t) Pedro Lopez Lost in 1st round Ryan Ellis Marc Valdes Luis Rojas
2011 79-60 2nd (t) Ryan Ellis Lost League Finals Benny Distefano Glenn Abbott Luis Rojas
2012 69-67 6th Luis Rojas Joel Fuentes
2013 77-61 4th Luis Rojas League Champs Joel Fuentes
2014 Luis Rojas Valentino Pascucci Marc Valdes

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