Founded in 1885
|Minor league affiliations|
|Class||Double-A (1946–1961; 1964–1965; 1967–1975; 1981–present)|
|League||Double-A South (2021–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Team||Chicago White Sox (1986–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|Dixie Series titles (6)|
|League titles (12)|
|Division titles (7)|
|First half titles (10)|
|Second half titles (6)|
|Name||Birmingham Barons (1981–present)|
|Colors||Black, red, gray|
|Mascot||Babe Ruff (1992-present)|
Lillie Mays (2006-present)
|The Logan Family|
|General Manager||Jonathan Nelson|
The Birmingham Barons are a Minor League Baseball team based in Birmingham, Alabama. The team, which plays in the Double-A South, is the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and plays at Regions Field in downtown Birmingham. The current edition of the Barons was previously located in Montgomery, Alabama, and known as the Montgomery Rebels.
Most of the professional baseball teams that have played in Birmingham have used the name Barons. The current team began playing in Birmingham in 1981, having previously played in Montgomery, Alabama as the Montgomery Rebels. Like previous Barons teams, they played at Rickwood Field on a full-time basis from 1981 to 1987. Since then, they have only played at Rickwood on special occasions. From 1988 to 2012, the team played at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in the suburb of Hoover, Alabama, where former basketball star Michael Jordan played with the team in 1994. Since 2013, the team plays at Regions Field in the downtown part of Birmingham.
All Birmingham Barons games are televised live on MiLB.TV.All games are also broadcast on radio on either WJQX 100.5 FM, WJOX-FM 94.5 FM or WJOX-AM 690 AM. Birmingham Barons Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Curt Bloom is the broadcast commentator for both WERC and MiLB.TV and has been the voice of the Barons since 1992.
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