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Reds affiliate heading to Pensacola12/16/2010 10:37 AM ET
Quint and Rishy Studer of Pensacola, Fla., have purchased the Carolina Mudcats, the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The Mudcats will move from Zebulon, N.C., to Pensacola beginning in 2012. The Pensacola franchise will remain in Minor League Baseball's Southern League. In a corresponding move, the Kinston Indians (Class A Advanced affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) of the Carolina League will move to Five County Stadium in Zebulon for the 2012 season. The Indians Class A-Advanced club will retain the Carolina Mudcats name.
"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 Maritime 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 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.
From 2001 to 2010, Quint and Rishy Studer owned the Pensacola Pelicans, an baseball team in the independent American Association. In order to transition the Reds' Double-A team to Pensacola in 2012, the Pelicans were sold to an ownership group in Amarillo, Texas, where the team will play the 2011 season.