The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, formerly of the Southern League, briefly in Triple-A East, and now in the International League, returned their city to the minors' top tier when the MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization floated the Shrimp up from Double-A. The Miami Marlins farmhands play their home games at Bragan Field at 121 Financial Ballpark in Jacksonville, FL.
The Marlins engineered the Shrimp's upward mobility, using the fact that parent clubs had first call on their own farm teams to shift their Triple-A players from Wichita, KS - to which the Marlins' previous top farm franchise had just moved from New Orleans, LA. At least in geographic terms, the move also benefited the Wichita Wind Surge. While they lost Triple-A standing, they ended up with the Minnesota Twins - closer by a thousand driving miles and three air hours.
Heading into their first season in the same level, the Shrimp and the Durham Bulls announced the "Surf & Turf" season series - but rather than playing for a trophy, the loser had to give away the winner's T-shirts the next season. The Bulls won the series 22-15 and the Shrimp honored their bet the following May 18th.
Owner Ken Babby changed the long-time Suns nickname soon after buying the club, as marketing executives figured that the name "Suns" was too staid at a time when minor league teams were increasingly choosing "far-out" names such as "Rumble Ponies" or "Baby Cakes" - or Babby's own Akron "Rubber Ducks" - to create a buzz. The move appears to have paid off: Attendance rose nearly one-quarter in 2017 and stayed in the vicinity for the rest of the Affiliated Era.