San Rafael Pacifics
|San Rafael Pacifics|
|League||Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs|
|Location||San Rafael, California|
|League championships||3 (NABL, 2012), (PA,2014, 2015)|
Blue, gold, white|
|Ownership||Redwood Sports and Entertainment|
|General Manager||Mike Shapiro|
The San Rafael Pacifics is a professional baseball team based in San Rafael, California, United States and are a charter franchise of the four-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, an independent professional baseball circuit not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
The Pacifics franchise was launched by Centerfield Partners LLC of Dublin, California. Along with a sister team owned and operated by Centerfield Partners, the Sonoma County Grapes, the Pacifics made their debut in the 2012 baseball season at 1,000-seat Albert Park in San Rafael. The team is now owned by Redwood Sports and Entertainment.
The president of the Pacifics is Mike Shapiro, a 25-year baseball veteran with previous front-office stints at the San Francisco Giants (general counsel), Atlanta Braves (senior counsel), Turner Sports (VP), and Washington Nationals (SVP).
North American League
The North American Baseball League was a nine-year-old, ten-team, professional, independent minor league formed from teams of the former Golden Baseball and United Baseball leagues. Play is typically described as A- to AA- caliber baseball, with players primarily coming from previous stints in the major league-affiliated AAA-, AA-, and A- leagues. The North American Baseball League folded in 2012. The Pacifics were the final champions of the league.
Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs
The Pacifics' ownership, Redwood Sports and Entertainment, took the four former Northern Division teams from the NAL and created a new league, the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. The league initially consisted of the Pacifics, Na Koa Ikaika Maui (also formerly of the GBL), Hawaii Stars and Sonoma County Grapes. However, the Grapes folded and were replaced by the Vallejo Admirals.
In 2014 both Hawaii teams folded and the Sonoma Stompers and the Pittsburg Diamonds were added to the league.
San Rafael Pacifics roster
- Shea, John (2012-02-12). "San Rafael professional baseball team promises fun". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-05-26.