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About Us


In December 2010, Quint and Rishy Studer announced their purchase of the Carolina Mudcats, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The Double-A team will move from Zebulon, North Carolina to Pensacola beginning in 2012. The Pensacola franchise will remain in Minor League Baseball's Southern League.

"I am extremely proud and excited for the actions that are being announced today," said Quint Studer. "Bringing affiliated baseball to Pensacola will continue to add to the rich sports history that already exists in the area. Seeing the future stars of Major League baseball in a fun, family friendly atmosphere will bring a new level of enthusiasm for the citizens of Pensacola and Northwest Florida."

The new home of the Reds Double-A affiliate will be located at Blue Wahoos Park, the premier waterfront mixed use development on the Gulf Coast. The team will play the 2011 season in North Carolina before relocating to the new state-of-the-art facility starting in April of 2012. The Class A-Advanced club moving to North Carolina in 2012 will retain the Carolina Mudcats name.

"The Southern League is one of the most respected leagues within baseball. With this move we are joining several upstanding franchises, including the Mobile BayBears who graciously allowed us to share their territory to make this all possible for the City of Pensacola. It is an honor to be associated with a league that boasts talented alumni like Chipper Jones, Joey Votto, Alex Rodriguez, Tim Hudson and Miguel Cabrera," added Studer.


The mission of Northwest Florida Professional Baseball, LLC (aka the Pensacola Blue Wahoos) is to improve the quality of life in our community. Local ownership and management are committed to achieving this by emphasizing the following five basic pillars:



The vision of Northwest Florida Professional Baseball, LLC (aka the Pensacola Blue Wahoos) is to make our community the greatest place to live in the world.


We believe that our core values accurately communicate the things that drive us as an organization. As members of the Northwest Florida Professional Baseball, LLC organization, we are expected to live the values and embrace the spirit of our behavior standards. Living the values is essential to create an environment that reinforces our dedication to our values/mission.

The importance of core values:

  • Core values are part of the ideology so deeply held that they will never be compromised.
  • The core ideology does not change, even in our changing environments.
  • The core values of the company will withstand any change in leadership.
  • Future employees are hired with similar values -they are not expected to adapt to our values.
  • These values guide all behaviors, guidelines, and standards
  • We continually ask ourselves if decisions or activities are in alignment with our core values

Our core values:

Teamwork:   Respectfully working together to achieve common goals.

Respect:  Treating everyone with equal value and consideration.

Integrity:  Honesty in all our interactions. 

Generosity:  Giving of your knowledge, time, support, and sharing opportunities with co-workers and the community. 

Learning:  Consistently seeking knowledge, skill, and to understand others. 

Meaningful Work:  Connecting purpose back to the work. 

Reward and Recognition:  Reinforcing desired behaviors/outcomes.

About the Southern League


The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is one of the oldest and most respected leagues within professional sports with roots dating back to 1885. The League is currently home to ten teams located in the South.

The ten teams and their affiliates include: Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati Reds); Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers); Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox); Chattanooga Lookouts (Minnesota Twins); Jackson Generals (Arizona Diamondbacks); Jacksonville Suns (Florida Marlins); Mississippi Braves (Atlanta Braves); Mobile BayBears (Los Angeles Angels); Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays); and Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs).