Shuckers open 2019 campaign Thursday

Who could forget the 2018 Shuckers season? A league-record number of wins, South Division champions, a host of individual awards, and a chance to watch a number of former Shuckers playing in the bigs with Milwaukee.

And now, the 2019 campaign is upon us. Shuck Nation is back at MGM Park in a big way in April, launching Thursday with a five-game homestand, hosting the Birmingham Barons.

“With our annual Meet the Shuckers event for Shuck Nation members in the books, the 2019 season is officially here,” said General Manager Hunter Reed. “Now, it’s time to play ball and experience the most exciting season of Shuckers baseball yet with the Southern League All-Star Game right in the middle of it all.”

In April, Biloxi’s Double-A squad will actually play a total of 15 home games at MGM Park, three five-game series: the Birmingham Barons, Thursday through Monday, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos April 15-19, and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp April 20-24.

Highlights of April’s promotional schedule: Opening Night, Field of Dreams Night and Dwier Brown Appearance, Biloxi Dodgers Night and Rally Towel Giveaway, and the Shuckers will unveil new daily promotions including Barks & Brews Monday, and T-Shirt Tuesday with the first 250 fans receiving a free T-shirt. Post-game fireworks shows will be April 5 and April 19.
Brewers announce Shuckers lineup
See the first weekend of fan promotions

Gilich outlines citywide program of work

Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich showed progress on a host of city projects citywide this morning with his Breakfast with the Mayor presentation and the crowd broke out in laughter when he arrived at a photograph of the new brick-surfaced Howard Avenue, lined with parked vehicles and cars traveling the roadway.

Said Gilich to a roomful of laughter: “It’s supposed to be closed, but there are few people on that.”

The project was one of a dozen or so topics the mayor spoke about during his 25-minute presentation, which was during a Biloxi Chamber of Commerce gathering at the IP Casino Resort & Spa. His presentation was in two parts: 10 minutes of off-cut-cuff remarks guided by a host of photos and renderings, and 14 minutes dedicated to answering questions from the audience.

Among the other subjects covered: infrastructure progress, progress on pedestrian bridges at Caillavet Street and the Biloxi Small Craft Harbor, new construction on East beach, the Point Cadet boardwalk and status of Phase 2 in West Biloxi, Popp’s Ferry Causeway Park, new fire stations north of the Bay, East Biloxi economic development initiatives, Woolmarket infrastructure, the Biloxi Shuckers and MGM Park, and the upcoming Keesler and Biloxi air and space show.
Video: The mayor’s presentation and Q&A
Photo: See photos from the event

Major news: Spring Break, air show and more

Two majors — new arrival Josh Daniels of Keesler’s Public Affairs Division and Chris DeBack of the Biloxi Police Department — discuss two upcoming events: Spring Break and Thunder over the Sound, the Keesler & Biloxi Air & Space Show on this week’s edition of the City Desk podcast.
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