Last in a five-part series reflecting on our 2012 expansion.
There’s no truth to the rumor that at the Destin Beach Bums’ home stadium, turnstiles have been replaced with revolving doors.
Even though that would be appropriate for the expansion franchise that has seen more turnover than any other, both on the field and in the front office.
Debuting in 2012 under GM Rick Lackey as the English Pigdogs, the club has wheeled and dealed and cut with reckless abandon, and now sports just three remaining players out of 40 who were part of the organization prior to it playing its first game less than three years ago.
Now known as the Destin Beach Bums, the club remains in search of an identity as it is reshaped yet again under new manager Mark Gergel, while lurking on the fringe of playoff contention.
Destin Beach Bums Roster Evolution
Players acquired pre-2012: 40
Players dealt away: 17
Players cut: 20
Still Pigdogs/Beach Bums: 3 — OF John Jay, SS J.J. Hardy, P Nathan Eovaldi.
2014 record: 59-61 (.492)
2013 record: 62-98 (.388)
2012 record: 62-98 (.388)
Face of the franchise: Freddie Freeman
Fast Fact: An abysmal record within its division — 10-25 — doesn’t bode well for a playoff bid with 25 games still to play against North clubs. Destin is 49-36 (.576) outside the division.