It was because of that Independent League team however ... that the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are here today. It all began as a dream of Quint and Rishy Studer back in 2002. With professional baseball gone from this region since the Alabama-Florida League closed their doors 40 years earlier, Quint and Rishy felt that Pensacola not only deserved a return of pro ball, but that given the chance, they would support it wholeheartedly.