Sergio Romo was voted into the 2019 Class of the GreenJackets Baseball Hall of Fame. Romo was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 2005 MLB Draft out of Colorado-Mesu University. Romo spent the 2006 season with the GreenJackets, and he posted a 10-2 record with a 2.53 ERA in 103.1 innings.
Romo won World Series Championship with the San Francisco Giants in 2010, 2012, and 2014. In 2012 against the Detroit Tigers, he recorded the final out by striking out Miguel Cabrera. He allowed just one run in 10.2 innings of work in those 2012 playoffs, and he logged four saves.
Kevin Youkilis was voted into the 2018 Class of the GreenJackets Baseball Hall of Fame. Youkilis was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2001 MLB Draft. Youkilis played for the GreenJackets from 2001-2002. In 20 games in a GreenJackets uniform, he batted .262 with 6 RBIs. In 2002, Youkilis would be named the Boston Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year.
Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the 2002 MLB draft out of high school, Lester pitched for the GreenJackets during the 2003 season. During his time with the GreenJackets, he posted a 6-9 record and a 3.65 ERA in 21 starts and 24 total appearances on the mound. He eclipsed the 100-innings mark and pitched a total of 106 innings on the season in Augusta
Jon Lester made his MLB debut on June 10, 2006, for the Red Sox. His 2006 season was cut short when he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. He was able to overcome the disease and return to the Red Sox in the middle of 2007 season to help them to a World Series title, winning the clinching game four in first career post-season start. The following year he threw a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals on May 19th and was named the Red Sox Pitcher of the Year. He was named the American League Pitcher of the Month in May for his no-hitter. It would be the first of three times in which he won a League Player of the Month award, the others being on (9/15/2014 and 6/12/2016).
Lester also helped the Red Sox win another World Series title in 2013. As the Ace of the Red Sox staff, he went 4-1 in the post-season including 2-0 in the World Series. The following year, he was traded mid-season to the Oakland Athletics. He signed with the Cubs that off-season and played a major factor in the rebuild and ultimately helped end their 108-year World Championship drought in 2016. He was named the MVP of the 2016 NCLS. He is also a four-time all-star (2010, 2011, 2014, and 2016), and a three-time Pitcher of the Month (May 2010, June 2016, and September 2016).
The former all-star outfielder managed the GreenJackets from 2005-2007, guiding them to a 285-157 record (.622) and two playoff appearances (2006 and 2007). During his tenure in Augusta, he was known and beloved by his players as a great teacher of the game. In 2006, Kelly won the South Atlantic League Manager of the year award. He guided Augusta to the best record in all of Minor League Baseball in 2006 (92-47) and 2007 (89-51).
The Panamanian played 14 years in the Major Leagues for the New York Yankees (1987-92, 200), Cincinnati Reds (1193-94), Atlanta Braves (1994), Montreal Expos (1995), Los Angeles Dodgers (1995), Minnesota Twins (1996-97), Seattle Mariners (1997), and the Texas Rangers (1998-99). The two-time all-star owned a .290 lifetime batting average with 124 home runs, 585 RBI, 687 runs scored and 235 stolen bases over 1,337 games. Kelly made four appearances in the post-season.
In 2008, Kelly got the call to join the San Francisco Giants as their First Base Coach and currently serves as the Third Base Coach. Kelly is a three-time World Series Champion (2010, 2012, and 2014).
During his one season in Augusta, the 2007 10th overall draft pick of the San Francisco Giants proved to live up to the hype. In his 24 starts in 2008, Bumgarner struck out a SAL high 124 batters, recorded an ERA of 1.46, and finished with a record of 15-3. He also helped lead the GreenJackets to a Southern Division 2nd Half Title, the Southern Division Championship, and finally the 2008 South Atlantic League Championship.
Madison Bumgarner spent another almost two full seasons in the minor leagues before being called up to San Francisco in September of 2010. With the Giants for the month September, Bumgarner started five games and posted an ERA of 1.13. He helped lead the Giants to a National League West Division Championship and a National League Pennant. In Game Four of the 2010 World Series against the Texas Rangers, Bumgarner became the fourth youngest pitcher to start and win a World Series game (Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings). His win gave the Giants a commanding 3-1 series lead and ultimately led to their first World Series Championship in 56 years.
Since 2010, Bumgarner has won two more World Series titles (2012, 2014). He has become a three-time National League All-Star (2013-2015), won a National League Silver Slugger Award (2014), National League Championship Series MVP (2014), and the World Series MVP (2014). Bumgarner was named Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year" and the Associated Press "Male Athlete of the Year" in 2014 as well.
The history of Minor League Baseball in Augusta has a rich and storied past that began in 1885 with the Augusta Browns in the Southern League and included 6 league championships by 1963. But baseball departed Augusta that year when the New York Yankees ended their affiliation and the league folded. For 25 years (from 1964 to 1987, the playing fields of Augusta were empty of professionals and the stands were silent of fans.
Then in 1988, longtime baseball fan, US Army Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Bill Heaton put together a partnership to bring baseball back to Augusta. It was a huge undertaking, but he succeeded in securing a franchise in the reorganized South Atlantic League, or "SALLY" League, got an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates to provide players and coaches, hastily built a no-frills ballpark named Heaton Stadium on this site, and financed the team's operation. In 1989, in just their second year of operation, the Augusta Pirates won their first South Atlantic League title, the 7th Championship in Augusta's history.
Bill sold the team a few years later, it was renamed the GreenJackets, and they began playing in the new Lake Olmstead Stadium. The GreenJackets repeated as South Atlantic League Champions in 1995, 1999, and 2008, their 10th Championship. Without Bill, none of this would have happened - he is a true champion, and now he's a member of the Augusta GreenJackets Hall of Fame.
For as long as GreenJackets Baseball has been in Augusta, Stan has been a fixture at the ballpark. A season ticket holder and member of the diamond club, he has a seat with his name on it in Section E, where he sits. He prefers Section D, where there is no net and he can see the game as he wants to see it.
Stan cheers for the GreenJackets and the Atlanta Braves. He often has his radio to listen to the Braves broadcast and share the score with his fellow fans.
Since 1995, Stan has been an active member of the Special Olympics GA Augusta Stars Team. He enjoys bowling and has bowled as high as the 190s. His skills in the sport have won him countless gold medals in Special Olympics. He also has participated in aquatics, basketball, softball, and bocce.
Born and raised in Augusta, Stan is well known in the community. While he has many interests, his passion is cheering for his Augusta GreenJackets. He is a true fan.
Tim was a member of the Augusta Pirates in 1989 and played both third base and first base. After being told he "would never make it past double-A" as a first baseman, Wakefield began working on becoming a pitcher by mastering the knuckleball.
In 1992, Tim was called up to the majors and posted an 8-1 record for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tim would go on to spend a majority of his career with the Boston Red Sox, where he was a member of two Red Sox World Series Championship teams in 2004 and 2007. He was also named American League Comeback Player of the Year in 1995, was named to the 2009 All-Star Team and received the 2010 Roberto Clemente Award.
Wakefield finished his career with a record of 200-180, an ERA of 4.41 and 2,156 strikeouts.