Bakersfield Blaze

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Team History[edit]

In 1995 the Bakersfield Blaze received players from the Cleveland Indians (12 players), Kansas City Royals (2), Los Angeles Dodgers (24), and San Diego Padres (1). In 1996 they received players from 11 different teams. The 1996 team, managed by former Yankee great Graig Nettles, set a California League record by losing their final 22 games of the season, finishing dead last at 39-101. Baseball America named the '96 Blaze "The worst minor league baseball team for the decade of the 1990s". From 1997 to 2000 the San Francisco Giants had two high-A affiliates, the Blaze and the San Jose Giants, both in the California League.

In the summer of 2004, the Blaze were bought out by owners of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Lake Elsinore Storm and Lancaster JetHawks. This was in response that Bakersfield could lose their franchise, unless major improvements were made to the stadium. Fortunately, the next year, the Blaze underwent a complete makeover, and Sam Lynn Ballpark was voted best ballpark in the minor leagues in 2005.

On July 17th, 2007, Chris Davis tied a 15 year-old California League record by hitting in 35 consecutive games against the Stockton Ports in Stockton, California. The streak ended the next day. He shares the record with Brent Gates, from the 1992 Modesto A's.

Towards the end of the 2016 season, the California League announced that it would contract two teams at the end of the season - Bakersfield and the High Desert Mavericks. The move was made to allow the Carolina League to expand by two teams.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
1995 58-82 8th (t) Greg Mahlberg
1996 39-101 10th Graig Nettles
1997 62-78 8th Glenn Tufts (33-43) / Keith Bodie (29-35) Keith Bodie Bryan Hickerson
1998 49-91 10th Frank Reberger Shawn Barton
1999 64-76 7th Keith Comstock Mike Felder Bert Bradley
2000 80-60 2nd Lenn Sakata Lost in 1st round Steve Renko
2001 71-69 5th (t) Charlie Montoyo Lost in 2nd round* Jorge Robles Marty DeMerritt
2002 69-72 6th (t) Charlie Montoyo Steve Livesey Marty DeMerritt
2003 70-70 8th Omer Munoz Ramon Ortiz Marty DeMerritt
2004 59-81 8th Mako Oliveras Ramon Ortiz Marty DeMerritt
2005 68-72 7th Arnie Beyeler Bob Skube David Chavarria
2006 58-82 10th Carlos Subero Pedro Lopez David Chavarria
2007 57-83 9th Carlos Subero Brant Brown Mike Anderson
2008 62-78 9th Damon Berryhill Brant Brown David Chavarria
2009 75-65 3rd (t) Steve Buechele Lost in 2nd round Jason Wood David Chavarria
2010 67-73 8th Bill Haselman Jason Wood David Chavarria
2011 66-74 7th Ken Griffey Sr. Tony Jaramillo Rigo Beltran
2012 72-68 5th Ken Griffey Sr. Lost in 2nd round Eli Marrero Rigo Beltran
2013 55-85 10th Ken Griffey Sr. Ray Martinez Rigo Beltran
2014 78-62 2nd(t) Pat Kelly Lost in 2nd round Ray Martinez Tom Browning
2015 61-79 8th(t) Eddie Menchaca Max Venable Andrew Lorraine
2016 76-64 5th Eddie Menchaca Lost in 1st round Max Venable Ethan Katz

* San Jose led Bakersfield 2 games to 1 in the best-of-5 series when the playoffs were canceled due to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.

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