The team is moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky, and will sport a new nickname next season.
But this season, fans in Columbus ... few that we are ... had some good and bad things happen.
Along the way, some franchise records were broken or challenged.
Now, by "franchise record," we're talking this franchise in Columbus. Not other teams, like the Columbus RedStixx, Columbus Mudcats, Columbus Astros, or any other Columbus team. And I don't mean this franchise when it was in Wilmington, North Carolina or Albany, Georgia.
I'm talking this franchise in Columbus. Which means the 2003 South Georgia Waves, and the 2004-2008 Columbus Catfish.
Still, some records were set.
- Henry Wrigley's 10 triples are best in franchise history.
- Maiko Loyola's 45 stolen bases ties the franchise record.
- Justin Garcia's 41 appearances set a franchise record.
- Justin Garcia's .249 ERA and Austin Hinkle's .251 beat the old franchise ERA mark of .254, set last season.
- Greg Sexton's 87 RBIs and 490 at-bats are both good enough to be listed as 2nd most for this franchise (2003-2008).
- Maiko Loyola and Reid Fronk scored 76 runs, tying for 3rd place.
- Greg Sexton had 144 hits, including 32 doubles, both numbers are 3rd best for the franchise.
- Greg Sexton and Reid Fronk played in 124 games. That's good enough for 5th place.
- Jeremy Hall's 10 wins puts him at 3rd best total.
- Austin Hinkle's 13 saves are 4th best.
- Alex Cobb's 139-2/3 innings is 4th best for the franchise.
This was a good team. They had some really good talent.
Individually, some of the Dodgers teams (2003-2006) had individuals who were outstanding, but they didn't have that special something that makes for a really good team.
Last year's South Atlantic League champions, a Devil Rays affiliate, didn't have as many stars as the Dodgers teams, but they had some good players, and they had an excellent team.
This year's team, also a Rays affiliate, didn't have quite as many marquee players as last year, and had some rough patches. But they were close, very close, to challenging last year's team.
The 2008 Columbus Catfish ended the season strong, winning 7 of their last 10, the best in the league over that span. They just couldn't catch Augusta to make the playoffs.
In the 1st half, the Catfish were 27-42 (.386), 16 games under 500. They did a near-complete turnaround, going 40-26 (.606) in the 2nd half.
This was a good team. They hit some rough spots. There was some inconsistency on the mound. But, as the season wound down, they believed they could win. And did. Augusta's equally strong finish is the only thing that kept them out of the playoffs.