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Chico Outlaws
Founded in 2005
Chico, California
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League affiliations
Name
  • Chico Outlaws (2005-present)
Team Colors
  • Black, red, white, silver
                       
Ballpark
  • Nettleton Stadium
Championships
  • League titles: 1 (2007)
  • Division titles: 1 (2007, 1st half) 
Owner(s)/Operated By: Diamond Sports & Entertainment
General Manager: Curt Jacey
Manager: Garry Templeton
Media: Chico Enterprise Record, KRER-FM 101.7, KEWE 1340 AM
Website: goldenbaseball.com/Chico

The Chico Outlaws are a professional baseball team based in Chico, California, in the United States. The Outlaws are a member of the North Division of the independent Golden Baseball League, which is not affiliated with either Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball. From the 2005 season to the present, the Outlaws have played their home games at Nettleton Stadium, on the campus of Chico State University.

The Outlaws were owned and operated by the Golden Baseball League from 2004 to 2007 and are now owned by Diamond Sports & Entertainment. Team CEO is David Kaval, league co-founder. The general manager and president is Mike Marshall, former Dodger World Series Hero and 12-year experienced minor league manager and front office executive.

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History

The Outlaws began play in May 2005, three years after their predecessors, the Chico Heat were forced to cease operations due to the folding of the Western Baseball League and not being able to find a new league to join. After the formation of the GBL in 2004, Chico was granted one of the eight original charter teams in the league along with the Fullerton Flyers, Long Beach Armada and San Diego Surf Dawgs in California; Mesa Miners, Surprise Fightin' Falcons and Yuma Scorpions in Arizona and the league's first (and so far only) traveling team the Japan Samurai Bears. The Outlaws, Armada, Flyers and Scorpions are the remaining charter teams still active in the league today. Chico, Long Beach and Yuma were former WBL cities. Former Heat minority owner and Western League president Bob Linscheid was the team's first president and general manager. He served those positions from 2004 to 2008.

They opened their inaugural season on May 27, 2005, against the Flyers at Nettleton Stadium, bringing professional baseball back to Chico for the first time since the Chico Heat's 2002 championship campaign with the Western League. They won that inaugural ball game 9-4. Their first manager was former Major League Baseball catcher Mark Parent, a native of Cottonwood, California. Linscheid was named the league's first-ever "Executive of the Year".[1]

Becca Hoffer served as the team's director of operations in 2005 and 2006 and general manager in 2007 and was named 2006 Executive Of The Year for her operations work that earned her the promotion to general manager.[2]

Continuing the winning tradition in Chico, the Outlaws made the playoffs the first year but lost in the early rounds. In 2006 they were on the verge of winning the second half that would have put them in the Championship Series versus the Fullerton Flyers, but in an epic collapse they lost a 6 game lead with 10 games to play as they were beaten in 7 of their last 8 games by the Reno Silver Sox. The Silver Sox went on to win the 2006 GBL Championship defeating the Flyers 3 games to 1. It would take three years, but the Outlaws made it to their first GBL Championship Series in 2007 and beat the Long Beach Armada in four games, 3-1, to bring Chico their first professional championship since 2002. After winning the championship, Parent stepped down as manager and handed the reins over to former Heat player and Outlaws coach Jon Macalutas. The Outlaws lead the average attendance in the league with over 2,000 fans in 2008. On November 12, 2008, Macalutas realized that the job was not a good fit for him and resigned as manager of the Outlaws after his team went 34-51.

On January 13, 2010, the Outlaws officially named former Major Leaguer and former Flyers and Armada manager Garry Templeton as their new manager.

Key Outlaws Moments

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The 2007 Brawl

On July 4, 2007, the Outlaws and Reno Silver Sox were involved in a huge brawl that would be considered one of the most talked about events in GBL history. After Outlaws pitcher Nick Singleton gave up a Juan Sanreso 2-run home run, he plunked the next Sox batter and words were exchanged. Next, Outlaws batter Ricky Bambino was struck by Sox pitcher Dusty Bergman in apparent retaliation. More words were then exchanged, Bambino charged the mound, and the brawl was on. After about a one-minute fight, order was restored. Bambino, Bergman and Silver Sox manager Les Lancaster were all ejected for the altercation. The Outlaws would win the game 6-4.[3]

Major changes and Chico baseball fixtures depart

On August 27, 2008, Bob Linscheid announced that he was stepping down as president and chairman of the board of the Outlaws to pursue other interests. He will remain a priority shareholder for the league.[4][5] Curt Jacey took over operations following the end of the 2008 season while remaining as the team's now-fulltime general manager, having left his GM post with the Reno Silver Sox.

On August 30, 2008, Linscheid was honored in a post-game ceremony for his hard work in helping to bring professional baseball to Chico in 1996 and for the many years afterward. The jersey #1 (which has never been worn by a player from either the Chico Heat or Chico Outlaws) was retired at Nettleton Stadium in his honor.

Linscheid says the league is looking to expand and they plan on using the Outlaws as a model franchise.[6]

On December 4, 2008, the Outlaws hired former MLB pitcher Greg Cadaret as their new manager at a press conference at The End Zone Sports Bar & Grill in Chico.[7][8]

On December 19, 2008, longtime radio play-by-play voice and the team's director of public relations and media Rory Miller announced he would leave the Outlaws after accepting a position in the sports information office at Chico State University. Miller was not the last link to the old Chico Heat that remained with the Outlaws as front office account executive Scott Navarro pitched for the Heat and the Outlaws. Miller would later be replaced by Joe Rauschenberger, who did beat reporting for the Arizona Winter League just prior to coming to the Outlaws.

On July 24, 2009, manager Greg Cadaret was fired following a dismal 20-25 start (an 8-2 start, then 12-23 afterward). He was replaced by hitting coach Kory DeHaan, who used his experience as the Chico Manager (his first professional coaching position) to attract the attention of the San Diego Padres who offered him a minor league coaching position for their rookie league team in Peoria, Arizona.

Record-breaking attendance

Though the Outlaws have averaged around 2,500 to 3,000 fans in attendance over their five-year existence, they made history by setting a new all-time attendance record at Nettleton Stadium against the Edmonton Capitals on July 3, 2009, when 5,037 fans packed the ballpark, including an unprecedented 400 seated inside along both the first base and third base lines next the dugouts. This shatters previous records held by the Chico Heat and the Outlaws. The Outlaws won the game, 8-5.[9]

Season-by-season records

Season W L Win % Place Playoff
2005 49 41 .544 2nd, California Division Wild Card, Eliminated in playoffs
2006 46 34 .575 2nd/2nd Did not qualify
2007 44 32 .579 1st/3rd Qualified. Defeated Long Beach in the Championship

Series.

2008 34 (15/19) 51 (26/25) .400 4th/3rd, North Division Did not qualify
2009 [10] 33 (20/13) 44 (23/21) .429 3rd/3rd, North Division Did not qualify

Retired numbers

Chico Outlaws retired numbers
No. Player
1 Bob Linscheid *(team president)

*The #1 jersey was never worn by any player from either the Chico Heat or Chico Outlaws.

The Outlaws celebrate a victory over the Calgary Vipers.

Outlaws broadasting

Broadcasts of the Outlaws games were moved from the radio to the internet full-time courtesy of VistaNet. Joe Rauschenberger was announced as the new play-by-play commentator.[11] He was later replaced by Scott Navarro and Levi Funderburk close to the end of the season.

All Outlaws games were originally heard on NewsTalk 1290 KPAY and ESPN Radio 101.7 FM/1340 AM from 2005 to 2008 with Rory Miller on the call. Due to declining advertising interest in radio, the games are now available live on the internet at the team's website.

References

  1. ^ Bob Linscheid named GBL "Executive of the Year" (Our Sports Central, September 15, 2005)
  2. ^ *Becca Hoffer Named Golden Baseball League Executive of the Year (GBL Website: September 7, 2006)
  3. ^ Chico Outlaws Fight (vs. Reno Silver Sox)
  4. ^ Bob Linscheid steps down as Chico Outlaws president (Chico Enterprise-Record, August 27, 2008)
  5. ^ Outlaws president Linscheid resigns (Chico Enterprise-Record, August 28, 2008)
  6. ^ Linscheid leaving Outlaws.... (ESPN Radio 101.7 website, August 27, 2008)
  7. ^ New Outlaws Skipper! Chico Outlaws website, December 4, 2008
  8. ^ Cadaret Takes Helm in Chico Golden Baseball League website, December 4, 2008
  9. ^ Outlaws 8, Capitals 5 Outlaws website, July 3, 2009
  10. ^ Outlaws Season Wrap-up: Math in Division area helps define struggles, Patrick Kinmartin, Chico Enterprise-Record, September 3, 2009
  11. ^ Outlaws announce broadcast plans, Chico Outlaws website, May 10, 2009

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