AUGUSTA — In their 25th season, the Augusta GreenJackets will commemorate two former players in the first annual Augusta GreenJackets Hall of Fame. This year the committee chose to induct San Francisco Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield.
“Going into our 25th year of Minor League Baseball, we felt like it was appropriate to recognize past players who have played for Augusta by beginning a hall of fame,” GreenJackets general manager Bob Flannery said.
The GreenJackets will feature two promotional days to honor the first ever inductees. On June 1, the first 1,200 fans will receive a bronze Wakefield statuette, and a Sandoval statuette will be given out on Aug. 3.
Sandoval spent 2006 in Augusta, where he split time between first and third base. That season, Sandoval batted .265 with 116 hits, 49 RBIs and 43 runs.
In 1989, Wakefield started at first base for the Augusta Pirates. After being told he would never make it past Double-A as a first baseman, Wakefield began pitching. He went on to post a 200-180 record during his 19-year career.
Ninety-one players who wore an Augusta uniform have made it to the majors. The GreenJackets plan to continue inducting players, administrators and local individuals each year.