For a level of baseball that’s increasingly driven by individual players trying to make their way to The Show, the Biloxi Shuckers and their back-to-back Southern League South Division titles continue to find a way for their team goals to co-exist with those individual goals.
In their five years on the Gulf Coast, the Shuckers have already been to the championship series three times, falling a combined four wins short of winning it all, all three times.
But those gut-wrenching losses would be a lot harder to swallow if not for the Major League success rate for the players that come out of Double AA Biloxi.
Overall, 34 former Shuckers have gone on to make their big league debuts, 25 of them with the Milwaukee Brewers. With the first spring training games right around the corner this weekend, Shuckers Manager Mike Guerrero is ready to graduate that next wave of major leaguers in 2020.
“Our priority is the players. And if we’re able to accomplish all of those awesome things, you’re doing a lot. So I’m actually really happy for the last two years that are over with,” he said. “We have a really awesome year in front of us and hopefully we can develop that Major League winning ballplayer at this level and help some of those guys get to the big leagues this year and we can accomplish and also get back to the championship and fulfill our goal.”
In 2019, the Shuckers set a new franchise record for wins with an overall record of 82-57.