Mudcats get new parent club
Posted December 15, 2010
Updated December 16, 2010
The Carolina Mudcats will play in the Carolina League as a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians starting in 2012, the team announced Thursday morning.
The Mudcats have been the AA farm team for the Cincinnati Reds and play in the Southern League. That team will play in Pensacola, Fla. beginning in 2012. According to a report in the Pensacola News Journal, businessman Quint Studer was selling the city's Pelicans team, a move that paved the way for the Reds AA affiliate to move in.
Mudcats owner Steve Bryant said he was committed to keeping minor league baseball at Zebulon's Five County Stadium.
"The Carolina League teams are close enough for our fans to be able to reach away games more easily," Bryant said. Carolina league foes include the Lynchburg Hillcats, Potomac Nationals and Salem Red Sox in Virginia, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in South Carolina and the Winston-Salem Dash in North Carolina. Only two teams in the Carolina League – the Frederick Keys in Maryland and the Wilmington Blue Rocks in Delaware – are more than a four-hour drive from Zebulon.
The deal was expected to be completed Jan. 2, 2011.