Alexandria Beetles

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Team History[edit]

On June 1, 2001, former MLB pitcher Goose Gossage threw out the ceremonial first pitch marking the birth of the Alexandria Beetles. Since that point numerous celebrities, including the then-oldest living Hall of Famer, Bob Feller, and local fans alike have graced the Beetles home games with their presence. Some of these being state representatives in Congress, others being former Major League stars, but mostly people who just have a love for baseball.

Based out of Alexandria, MN, the Beetles were a Summer Collegiate Baseball dedicated and designed to provide minor league level competition for NCAA players who wish to continue on into professional baseball. The Alexandria Bees operated on the model a minor league team: playing night games before fans in stadiums which seat thousands, using wood bats and minor league specification equipment, and experiencing road trips between games. The Beetles actively recruit, and have hosted some of the premier collegiate athletes from throughout the United States and Canada. Like all other summer collegiate players, Beetles athletes are unpaid in order to maintain their NCAA eligibility, and live with host families in the same manner as Single A and Independent League players.

Great things continued to happen for the Beetles. Since that first season in 2001, the popularity of the Beetles continued to grow and the level of talent on the field outdid itself year after year. The average attendance at Knute Nelson Memorial Park rose steadily from 600 in 2001 to 1,119 fans per game in 2008. In 2013 they were renamed the Blue Anchors.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Manager Playoffs
2001 24-38 Rusty McKee
2002 28-36 Matt Jones
2003 31-32 Matt Jones 1st Round
2004 25-39 Mark Magdaleno
2005 36-33 Mike Rodriguez
2006 39-29 Erik Maas
2007 33-35 Erik Maas
2008 36-32 Erik Maas
2009 38-30 Seth Maier
2010 32-38 Erik Maas
2011 44-25 Matt Hancock 1st Round
2012 33-37 Drew Saberhagan

Beetles Alumni[edit]

Beetles Alumni in Major League Baseball[edit]

Beetles in Affiliated Minor League Baseball[edit]

Beetles Alumni in the Independent Leagues[edit]

Beetles Alumni in International Professional Baseball[edit]

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