With the affiliation shuffle that’s going on this year, the Cincinnati Reds and Pensacola Blue Wahoos are moving on from their working agreement. It expired after the 2018 season and it’s not going to be renewed moving forward. That left the Reds looking at other destinations for at least the next two years (player development contracts are signed for two or four year terms). There were only five destinations that were “free agents”, and one of those was Pensacola. One of the other options was Chattanooga. The Reds and Lookouts are quite familiar with each other – they were together for 21 years from 1988-2008.

David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press is speculating that the Reds and Lookouts will be getting back together. That echoes the thoughts that Bill Vilona had over the weekend in the Pensacola News Journal. While I have been unable to get anyone to go on the record, those that I’ve been able to speak with are saying the same things. It’s not official yet, but this seems to pretty much be locked up. The Chattanooga Lookouts have a press conference scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. It would seem that it’s to announce their new affiliate.

Assuming that everything we’ve heard holds water, there are some good things and some “let’s hope things get better” sides to joining up with Chattanooga. First, the good. If you are in the Cincinnati area, making the trip to Chattanooga is a whole lot easier to do than it is to make the trip to Pensacola. It’s also good for the Reds in terms of branding and marketing. The Reds are on the radio and television in the Chattanooga market. Getting their affiliate back in the area certainly can’t hurt.

On the flip side of things, there’s the “let’s hope we see some things get better”. First would be that Chattanooga is the only Double-A team that currently does not offer their games via MiLBtv. In 2019 that seems a bit crazy, and hopefully will change. With the stadium itself, it’s not a bad place to take in a game. I spent a few days there this summer watching the Blue Wahoos and Lookouts play. With that said, it’s not the stadium in Pensacola. Not many are. That stadium is only 7-years-old now, and it’s on the water with a great view. It’s tough to beat that.

We will find out for sure how things go on Tuesday, but if I had to put money on the situation, I’d be betting a whole lot of money on it.

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9 Responses

  1. redlegs4ever

    My preference woulda been the Smokies but Chattanooga is far from the worst place to end up IMO. Pensacola really did have one of the nicer stadiums but I don’t care for having teams in Florida, especially since we don’t train there. Woulda liked to move A ball somewhere into like the Carolina’s. I think having affiliates all through appalachia really does expand Reds Country.

    • jbonireland

      Been to both and love both ballparks…. The Smokies offer the advantage of the Smokey Mountains and a lot to do. Chattanooga however is only probably an hour further and there is plenty to do in Chattanooga. As a Civil War buff, lots to see down there and the fact that the stadium is downtown provides many other alternatives. The ballpark people at both are generally great and if you are handicapped as my wife and I are they even valet park your car for you. I hope Chattanooga! Doug a much easier drive then Pensacola.

      • redlegs4ever

        The baseball and history you speak of are two of my favorite things so that’s why I would like to make a trip they end up back there. I’m glad to hear you’re treated well while there too. My girlfriends family is super rich and basically lives on vacation, I go with them 4/5 times a year but they don’t like baseball or into history so unfortunately they always wanna go to like the south of France. I went once and it was luxurious and pretty but I have no desire to go back. Trying to talk them into Egypt so I can see the pyramids.

  2. Simon Cowell

    Pensacola might have a great view but you probably wont find many reds aa hitters missing it.

  3. Michael Smith

    Redleg4evers I’m living vicariously thru u and need u to add Greece, Prague and Belgrade to ur travel lust.

    • redlegs4ever

      We’ve been to Greece and I did enjoy that more because of going to Athens for all that history. I’m certainly not going to complain about how fortunate and blessed I have been not only with great soon to be in-laws but my entire life. But I’m living vicariously through jbon for getting to see baseball and civil war history myself lol. Like they say different strokes for different folks.

      • Michael Smith

        I have had some luck. I studied abroad in London, Traveled eastern Canada quite a bit (Montreal and Quebec City are amazing). Next hopefully travel location is Southern Med.