Pensacola Blue Wahoos infielder retires, joins team front office

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Pensacola Blue Wahoos infielder Cobie Fletcher-Vance is retiring from baseball and joining the team’s front office as a business operations resident, the team announced Monday.

According to a press release, Fletcher-Vance will assist the team in ballpark operations, sales, community relations and creative services in the 2024 season.

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He played for the Blue Wahoos in 2022 and 2023, and quickly became a fan favorite in helping the team with a go-ahead grand slam in game three of the 2022 Southern League Championship Series, which was the team’s second title in franchise history.

“The mission of our organization is to improve the quality of life for the people living in Pensacola, and in his two years as a Blue Wahoo we know Cobie played a big part in making that happen for our fans,” team owner Quint Studer said. “We feel it’s important to provide our players the resources they need to succeed, and that extends beyond what they do during their playing career. We’re excited to offer this opportunity to Cobie as he focuses his efforts in a new direction, and we can’t wait to see him continue to make an impact for the people of Pensacola.”

Fletcher-Vance was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 18th round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of the University of Alabama. After three seasons with the Athletics organization, he was selected by the Miami Marlins in the Minor League portion of the Rule 5 Draft and played with the Blue Wahoos for two years.

The Fayetteville, North Carolina, native batted .247 with six home runs and 59 RBIs in 147 games.

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Fletcher-Vance is also active in the Pensacola community. He’s engaged with local military personnel, led youth baseball and softball clinics and used his voice in Black History Month efforts.

His residency will begin on Monday, April 1.

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to begin this new chapter in Pensacola,” Fletcher-Vance said. “Pensacola represents not just a location, but a community that I am eager to continue to be a part of away from the field.”

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