The Augusta GreenJackets announced Thursday the beginning of a hall of fame as a way to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the team’s start in Augusta.
The Augusta GreenJackets Hall of Fame will induct Pablo Sandoval and Tim Wakefield during this season.
The GreenJackets will have promotional days for both players, featuring bronze statuettes. Wakefield’s will be June 1, and Sandoval’s is Aug. 3. The statuettes will be given away to the first 1,200 fans at each game.
“We felt like it was appropriate to recognize past players who have played for Augusta by beginning a hall of fame,” GreenJackets general manager Bob Flannery said in a statement.
Although Wakefield is known for his knuckleball, which led to 200 wins and a 4.41 ERA in 19 major-league seasons, he played first and third base for the Augusta Pirates in 1989. He had eight hits in 35 plate appearances for Augusta before making the transition to pitching in 1990.
Wakefield played 17 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and holds two Boston records with 430 starts and 3,006 innings pitched.
Sandoval played for the Augusta GreenJackets in 2006, hitting .265 with 20 doubles, one triple and one home run in 473 plate appearances at 19 years old. He vaulted up the minor-league ranks and made his major-league debut in 2008.
The 26-year-old third baseman, who played primarily first base in Augusta, hit .330 with 25 home runs in his first full season with the San Francisco Giants and finished seventh in National League MVP voting. He is a two-time world champion, World Series MVP in 2012 and two-time All-Star in four full seasons.
The GreenJackets said they plan to induct players, administrators and local individuals into the hall of fame each year.