Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino

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Team History[edit]

66ers logo 2003-2013

The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino, of the Single-A California League and briefly in Low-A West, took that full moniker in 2016. The Los Angeles Angels farmhands play their home games at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino, CA.

Before 2016, the ball club was simply known as the Inland Empire 66ers, with no other geographic identifier. That year, they agreed to tack "of San Bernardino" onto their official name during negotiations for a new lease and accompanying ballpark repairs - resulting in, at 32 characters (not counting spaces!), the longest brand in minor league ball.

On the question of their brands, the 66ers and Angels went in exactly opposite directions in the same season. That was the year the Angels officially dropped the much-criticized "of Anaheim" from their official branding.[1] Some sources had used the "of San Bernardino" reference long before, when the Halos were still officially the "Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim".

The franchise that moved from Salinas in 1993 originally went by San Bernardino - with the nickname Spirit its first two years and Stampede from 1996 through 2002. The change to "Inland Empire" followed the loss of Riverside from the Cali League ranks and may have been intended to appeal to Riverside fans - but in 2002 the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Lake Elsinore Storm, and High Desert Mavericks all also played in cities considered to be within the Empire.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the 66ers, and most of the Cali league, one level.

The 66ers play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Cucuys de San Bernardino (a cucuy is similar to the American "boogeyman" - a mythical monster that takes away unruly children).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2003 78-62 2nd Steve Roadcap League Champs Henry Cotto Scott Budner
2004 77-63 3rd Daren Brown Lost in 2nd round Henry Cotto Dwight Bernard
2005 58-82 9th Daren Brown Henry Cotto Scott Budner
2006 72-68 5th Gary Thurman League Champs Rafael Santo Domingo Scott Budner
2007 72-67 6th Dave Collins Steve Yeager Charlie Hough
2008 68-73 6th John Valentin Lost in 1st round Henry Cruz Charlie Hough
2009 59-81 9th Carlos Subero Franklin Stubbs Charlie Hough
2010 50-90 10th Jeff Carter Franklin Stubbs Charlie Hough
2011 69-71 5th (t) Tom Gamboa, Damon Mashore Lost in 1st round Damon Mashore, Dick Schofield Dan Ricabal Steven Hernandez
2012 66-74 8th Bill Haselman Paul Sorrento Brandon Emanuel Steven Hernandez
2013 69-71 5th (t) Bill Haselman League Champs Brent Del Chiaro Brandon Emanuel Steven Hernandez
2014 62-78 9th Denny Hocking Lost in 2nd round Brent Del Chiaro Matt Wise Steven Hernandez
2015 61-79 8th(t) Denny Hocking Brent Del Chiaro Matt Wise Steven Hernandez, Alexis Gomez
2016 48-82 10th Chad Tracy Ryan Barba Michael Wuertz Steven Hernandez
2017 65-75 6th Chad Tracy Brian Betancourth Michael Wuertz Steven Hernandez
2018 67-73 6th Ryan Barba Brian Betancourth Brian Garman, Chris Seddon Steven Hernandez
2019 57-82 8th Ryan Barba Derek Florko Michael Wuertz Steven Hernandez Todd Cunningham
2020 Season cancelled
2021 56-61 5th Jack Howell Ryan Sebra Gil Heredia Steven Hernandez, Trevor Nyp
2022 70-62 4th Ever Magallanes / Dave Stapleton (interim) Lost in 1st round Ryan Sebra Bo Martino Steven Hernandez, Trevor Nyp
2023 68-61 4th Dave Stapleton Lost in 1st round Willie Romero Elmer Dessens Steven Hernandez, Brian Rupp
2024 Dave Stapleton Raywilly Gomez Elmer Dessens Steven Hernandez, Brian Rupp

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