Bakersfield Blaze

Bakersfield Blaze

MiLB infobox
name = Bakersfield Blaze
founded = 1941
city = Bakersfield, California
misc =

class level = High Class-A
past class level=
current league = California League
conference =
division = North Division
past league =
majorleague = Texas Rangers (2005–present)
pastmajorleague = Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001-2004)
* San Francisco Giants (1997-2000)
* Co-Op (1995-1996)
* Los Angeles Dodgers (1984-1994)
* Seattle Mariners (1982-1983)
nickname = Bakersfield Blaze (1995–present)
Bakersfield Dodgers (1984-1994)
pastnames = Bakersfield Mariners (1982-1983)
ballpark = Sam Lynn Ballpark
pastparks =
leaguechamps = 2 (1970, 1989)
divisionchamps =
misc6 =
owner = DG Elmore
manager = Damon Berryhill
gm = Shawn Schoolcraft

The Bakersfield Blaze are a minor league baseball team in Bakersfield, California, USA. They are a "high-A" class team in the California League, and are a farm team of the Texas Rangers. The Bakersfield Blaze play home games at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Opened in 1941, the stadium is well known for facing the setting sun and its shallow 354-foot center field fence, and seats 3,500 fans. Their mascot is "Heater" the Dragon.

Notable former Bakersfield players

*Josh Hamilton
*Rocco Baldelli
*Pedro Martínez
*Hideo Nomo
*Mike Piazza
*Jose Offerman
*Eric Karros
*Don Drysdale

Year-by-Year Record

Current Roster

Blaze relocating to Carolina, possible Golden Baseball League expansion

The Bakersfield Californian is reporting that the Blaze will be leaving the California League and relocate to Fayetteville, North Carolina to join the Carolina League following the 2009 season. Fellow league team the High Desert Mavericks are also said to be leaving and could relocate to Richmond, Virginia after the 2009 season. [Priest, Ross. [ Blaze to stay in Bakersfield one more year] "The Bakersfield Californian", August 28, 2008]

Rumors suggest that the Golden Baseball League could put a new team in Bakersfield as a result of the proposed relocation.

References Links

* [ Blaze extinguished?] (The Bakersfield Californian, August 2, 2008)

External links

* [ Bakersfield Blaze official website]
* [ Bakersfield Blaze official MySpace page]

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