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Bakersfield Blaze
Founded in 1941
Bakersfield, California
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • High Class-A
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Bakersfield Blaze (1995–present)
  • Bakersfield Dodgers (1968-1975, 1984-1994)
  • Bakersfield Mariners (1982-1983)
  • Bakersfield Outlaws (1978-1979)
  • Bakersfield Bears (1957-1967)
  • Bakersfield Boosters (1956)
  • Bakersfield Indians (1946-1955)
  • Bakersfield Badgers (1941-1942)
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 2 (1970, 1989)
Division titles
Owner(s)/Operated by: DG Elmore
Manager: Bill Haselman
General Manager: Justin Kozubal

The Bakersfield Blaze are a minor league baseball team in Bakersfield, California, USA. They are a "high-A" class team in the California League, and are a farm team of the Texas Rangers. The Bakersfield Blaze play home games at Historic Sam Lynn Ballpark. Opened in 1941, the stadium is well known for facing the setting sun and its shallow 354-foot center field fence, and seats 3,500 fans. Their mascot is "Heater" the Dragon. (Not to be confused with the former mascot of the Western Baseball League's Chico Heat.)

Near the end of the 2008 season, it was rumored that the Blaze would move to the Carolina League after the following season. However, Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner announced in February 2009 that they would remain in the California League at the very least.[1] In September 2009, a further announcement was made that the Blaze would remain in Bakersfield for at least through the 2010 season.[2]

Contents

Notable former Bakersfield players

Year-by-year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1941 73-67 3rd Frank Morehouse / Les Powers Lost in 1st round
1942 22-45 4th Jack Colbern / Rex Cecil / Lee Dempsey League suspended operations on June 28
1946 72-58 3rd Martin Metrovich / Tony Governor Lost in 1st round
1947 66-74 5th Tony Governor
1948 70-70 5th (t) Harry Griswold
1949 85-54 1st Harry Griswold Lost in 1st round
1950 61-79 6th Harry Griswold
1951 58-89 8th Wellington Quinn
1952 70-70 5th Gene Lillard
1953 75-65 2nd Ray Perry Lost in 1st round
1954 80-60 2nd (t) Ray Perry Lost in 1st round
1955 61-85 5th Doc Alexson
1956 48-92 8th Art Lilly / Dick Wilson
1957 64-75 6th Dick Wilson / Babe Herman
1958 84-55 2nd Paul Owens Lost in 1st round
1959 70-71 4th Paul Owens Lost League Finals
1960 74-66 3rd Lou Kahn
1961 82-58 2nd Lou Kahn
1962 67-72 6th (t) Bob Wellman
1963 78-62 2nd Bob Wellman
1964 56-83 8th Moose Johnson
1965 66-74 5th Dick Teed
1966 68-72 6th Dick Teed
1967 70-68 4th Nolan Campbell
1968 61-79 7th Don Williams
1969 67-73 6th Don LeJohn
1970 93-46 1st Don LeJohn League Champs
1971 56-82 8th Don LeJohn
1972 88-52 1st Don LeJohn Lost League Finals
1973 70-70 4th George Freese Lost League Finals
1974 65-75 5th George Freese
1975 60-80 8th Ron Brand
1978 48-92 8th George Culver
1979 63-77 9th Ron Mihal
1982 64-76 8th Ken Pape
1983 68-72 6th Greg Mahlberg
1984 68-72 4th Don LeJohn Lost League Finals
1985 65-80 6th Mel Queen
1986 40-102 10th Don LeJohn
1987 78-65 4th Kevin Kennedy
1988 71-71 6th Gary LaRocque
1989 82-60 3rd Tim Johnson League Champs
1990 80-62 3rd Tom Beyers Lost League Finals
1991 85-51 2nd Tom Beyers Lost in 1st round
1992 68-68 7th Tom Beyers
1993 42-94 10th Rick Dempsey
1994 69-67 5th John Shelby
1995 58-82 8th (t) Greg Mahlberg
1996 39-101 10th Graig Nettles
1997 62-78 8th Glenn Tufts / Keith Bodie
1998 49-91 10th Frank Reberger
1999 64-76 7th Keith Comstock
2000 80-60 2nd Lenn Sakata Lost in 1st round
2001 71-69 5th (t) Charlie Montoyo Lost in 2nd round*
2002 69-72 6th (t) Charlie Montoyo
2003 70-70 8th Omer Munoz
2004 59-81 8th Mako Oliveras
2005 68-72 7th Arnie Beyeler
2006 58-82 10th Carlos Subero
2007 57-83 9th Carlos Subero
2008 62-78 9th Damon Berryhill
2009 n/a n/a Steve Buechele

Current roster

Bakersfield Blaze roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • 23 Richard Bleier
  • 15 Dustin Brader
  • 25 Ryan Falcon
  • 34 Adalberto Flores
  • 31 Kennil Gomez
  • -- Josh Lueke
  • -- Michael Main
  • 16 Justin Miller
  • 12 Tim Murphy
  • 21 Hector Nelo
  • 44 Evan Reed
  • -- Tanner Roark
  • 16 John Slusarz
  • -- Glenn Swanson
  • 20 Ryan Tatusko
  • -- Tyler Tufts
Catchers
  • 38 Jose Felix
  • -- Doug Hogan

Infielders

  • -- Mitch Hilligoss
  •  3 Jacob Kaase
  •  1 Matthew Lawson
  • 24 Tommy Mendonca
  • -- Erik Morrison
  •  5 Davis Stoneburner

Outfielders

  • 18 Michael Bianucci
  • 10 Joey Butler
  • 29 David Paisano
  • 17 Timothy Rodriguez
Manager

Coaches

  • -- David Chavarria (pitching)
  • -- Jason Wood (hitting)

† Disabled list
* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated March 1, 2010
Transactions

References

External links

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