The Southern League's Jackson Generals have roots that can be traced back to in 1970s in Memphis. Today's Generals franchise was originally known as the Memphis Chicks, which lasted between 1978 and 1997. The team then moved to Jackson, where it was known as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx between 1998 and 2010. Before the start of the 2011 Southern League schedule, the franchise made news headlines by switching its name to become the Generals. The Generals are currently affiliated with the Seattle Mariners in a partnership that began in 2007. Between 1998 and 2006, the team was affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.
The Generals play the home games on their schedule at The Ballpark at Jackson, which opened in 1998. The park seats 6,000 fans, making it the second-smallest park in the Southern League. Previously known as Pringles Park, between 1998 and 2012, the park hosted the Southern League All-Star Game in 1999 and 2011.
One Southern League Championship
While known as the Diamond Jaxx, the Generals franchise won the Southern League championship in 2010. That victory is the only league title on the franchise's resume. The club has also won division crowns in 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2012. Despite the team's lone Southern league title, it has competed for the championship in 1999 and 2012, falling to the Orlando Rays and Mobile BayBears, respectively.
Jackson Generals Roster
A number of notable Major League Baseball players have appeared on the Generals roster on their way to the big leagues or during a rehab stint. Notable players include Nomar Garciaparra, Eric Hinske, Michael Pineda, Mark Prior, Sammy Sosa and Carlos Zambrano.
During Spring Training, members of the Generals share the Peoria Sports Complex with other players from the Seattle Mariners system. The 12,882-capacity park in Peoria, AZ, opened in 1994. It's also one of the host parks for the Arizona Fall League and is shared during Spring Training with the San Diego Padres.
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