South Atlantic League

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There have been different South Atlantic Leagues in the history of minor league baseball, spanning from 1904 to the present with a few breaks. The Sally operated from 1904-1917 as a class C league, then started up again in 1919, also class C. This time it operated from 1919-1930, moving up to class B beginning in 1921. William Bramham became league president in mid 1924, and served until 1930. The Sally league was re-started again as a class B from 1936-1942, shut down for the war and returned in 1946 as a class A league. The AA Southern Association (which never integrated) ceased operations after the 1961 season and so the SAL was promoted to AA in 1963 to take its place; a year later the name was changed to the Southern League. Out of the 51 seasons of operation, Augusta, GA competed in 46, Macon, GA was around for 46, and Columbia, SC was in 45. Charleston, SC, Jacksonville, FL, Savannah, GA, and Columbus, GA each competed for at least 29 years also, making for a relatively stable line-up.

The South Atlantic League name went unused for 16 years - in 1980 the Western Carolinas League brought back the name when it sought to change its identity. Currently, the league has fourteen teams, divided into two divisions of seven clubs. In 1994 the league opened the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame.

The SAL has long been called the "Sally League."

Current Teams, Managers, and Affiliations[edit]

South Atlantic League Teams
Northern Division Southern Division
Team Manager Parent Team Team Manager Parent Team
Delmarva Shorebirds Kyle Moore Baltimore Orioles Asheville Tourists Robinson Cancel Colorado Rockies
Greensboro Grasshoppers Miguel Perez Pittsburgh Pirates Augusta GreenJackets Carlos Valderrama San Francisco Giants
Hagerstown Suns Patrick Anderson Washington Nationals Charleston RiverDogs Julio Mosquera New York Yankees
Hickory Crawdads Matt Hagen Texas Rangers Columbia Fireflies Pedro Lopez New York Mets
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Ryan Newman Chicago White Sox Greenville Drive Iggy Suarez Boston Red Sox
Jersey Shore BlueClaws Mike Micucci Philadelphia Phillies Lexington Legends Brooks Conrad Kansas City Royals
West Virginia Power Dave Berg Seattle Mariners Rome Braves Matt Tuiasosopo Atlanta Braves

League Champions and MVPs[edit]

(formerly called Player of the Year award)

Year Champion MVP
1980 Greensboro Hornets
1981 Greensboro Hornets Dan Murphy, Asheville Tourists OF & Jeff Reynolds, Greensboro Hornets 3B
1982 Greensboro Hornets
1983 Gastonia Expos
1984 Asheville Tourists Kevin Seitzer, Charleston Royals 3B
1985 Florence Blue Jays Sil Campusano, Florence Blue Jays OF
1986 Columbia Mets Cameron Drew, Asheville Tourists RF
1987 Myrtle Beach Blue Jays Ed Whited, Asheville Tourists 3B
1988 Spartanburg Phillies Brant Alyea Jr., Gastonia Rangers OF-DH
1989 Augusta Pirates Mike Mulvaney, Greensboro Hornets 1B
1990 Charleston Wheelers Tim Howard, Columbia Mets 3B
1991 Columbia Mets Kiki Hernandez, Greensboro Hornets C
1992 Myrtle Beach Hurricanes Gary Mota, Asheville Tourists OF
1993 Savannah Cardinals D.J. Boston, Hagerstown Suns 1B
1994 Savannah Cardinals Ruben Rivera, Greensboro Bats OF
1995 Augusta GreenJackets Andruw Jones, Macon Braves OF
1996 Savannah Sand Gnats Russ Branyan, Columbus RedStixx 3B
1997 Delmarva Shorebirds Luis Lopez, Hagerstown Suns 1B
1998 Capital City Bombers Marcus Giles, Macon Braves 2B
1999 Augusta GreenJackets Scott Seabol, Greensboro Bats 3B
2000 Delmarva Shorebirds Chin-Hui Tsao, Asheville Tourists P
2001 Lexington Legends Rene Reyes, Asheville Tourists 1B
2002 Hickory Crawdads Walter Young, Hickory Crawdads 1B
2003 Rome Braves Jorge Cortes, Hickory Crawdads OF
2004 Hickory Crawdads Brandon Moss, Augusta Green Jackets OF
2005 Kannapolis Intimidators Matt Miller, Asheville Tourists OF
2006 Lakewood BlueClaws Eugenio Velez, Augusta GreenJackets 2B/SS
2007 Columbus Catfish John Raynor, Greensboro Grasshoppers, OF
2008 Augusta GreenJackets Darin Holcomb, Asheville Tourists, 3B
2009 Lakewood BlueClaws Jordan Pacheco, Asheville Tourists, C
2010 Lakewood BlueClaws J.D. Martinez, Lexington Legends, OF
2011 Greensboro Grasshoppers Jurickson Profar, Hickory Crawdads, SS
2012 Asheville Tourists Matt Skole, Hagerstown Suns, 3B
2013 Savannah Sand Gnats Rosell Herrera, Asheville Tourists, SS
2014 Asheville Tourists Wilmer Difo, Hagerstown Suns 2B
2015 Hickory Crawdads Luis Guillorme, Savannah Sand Gnats SS
2016 Rome Braves Brian Mundell, Asheville Tourists 1B
2017 Greenville Drive Darick Hall, Lakewood BlueClaws 1B
2018 Lexington Legends Casey Golden, Asheville Tourists OF
2019 Lexington Legends Terrin Vavra, Asheville Tourists SS

Cities Represented[edit]





North Carolina[edit]

South Carolina[edit]







North Carolina[edit]

New Jersey[edit]


South Carolina[edit]

West Virginia[edit]

Hall of Fame Alumni[edit]

30 South Atlantic League/Western Carolinas League alumni have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame:

Further Reading[edit]

External Links[edit]

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