Minor League Baseball is here to stay in Mississippi.
It’s been announced that the Mississippi Braves, the double-A affiliate for the big league squad in Atlanta, and the Biloxi Shuckers, the Milwaukee Brewers double-A affiliate, have each reached agreements to remain with their respective clubs for the next 10 years.
“We are honored to continue as the Atlanta Braves Double-A franchise right here in central Mississippi,” Pete Laven, vice president, and general manager of the Mississippi Braves said. “Our new agreement with Major League Baseball will further establish the M-Braves as a main ingredient in the development of future big-league talent. Most importantly, the great fans at Trustmark Park will be the beneficiary for years to come.”
“The Shuckers provide one of the best developmental environments in all of minor league baseball and we are very happy to extend our partnership,” Brewers President of Baseball Operations David Stearns said. “We look forward to many more future Brewers playing in MGM Park.”
Both the Braves and the Shuckers will be a part of the ‘Double-A South’ division when the 2021 season begins as part of a new league structure. The eight-team circuit consists of eight former members of the Southern League, split into two divisions. The Braves and the Shuckers will be joined by Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays), and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Miami Marlins) in the South. The North Division will consist of the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox), Chattanooga Lookouts (Cincinnati Reds), Rocket City Trash Pandas (LA Angels), and Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs).
The schedule for the upcoming season will be released at a later date as minor league baseball is set to return after the 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic.