|League||American Association (2011-present) (South Division)|
|Ballpark||Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium|
|Former name(s)||Pensacola Pelicans (2002-2010)
Amarillo Sox (2011-2014)
|Former league(s)||Central Baseball League|
|Colors||Navy, red, white, gold
|Ownership||Southern Independent Baseball|
|General Manager||Stephanie Tucker|
The Amarillo Thunderheads, formerly known as the Amarillo Sox, are a professional minor league baseball team based in Amarillo, Texas. They are currently members of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, an independent baseball league unaffiliated with Major League Baseball. They play their home games at the Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium.
In 2010, businessman Quint Studer sold his American Association franchise, the Pensacola Pelicans, to the Amarillo group as part of a series of purchases aimed at bringing an affiliated Double-A team to Pensacola.
Former Amarillo Gold Sox and San Diego Padres pitcher Mark Lee was General Manager from 2006 to 2014. Stephanie Tucker, co-owner and General Manager of the Amarillo Venom, was named Executive Vice President/General Manager of the Sox following Lee's departure.
The franchise was originally going to be named the Amarillo Gold Sox after the longtime minor league team from the later 1930s through 1982. However, a trademark issue with the collegiate woodbat team the Marysville Gold Sox in California has forced the team to back away from using the name. On December 10, 2010, the editorial page of the Amarillo newspaper of record, the Amarillo Globe-News, said, "It would be in the Amarillo team's best interest to look for another name". During a January 5, 2011 press conference, Lee unveiled the name and logo of the Amarillo Sox. Additionally, Lee named former California Angels player John Harris field manager.
Amarillo Thunderheads roster
|Active (22-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
|Amarillo Sox (2011-2014) |
|Season||W - L Record||Winning Percentage||Finish||Playoffs|
|2011||44-56||.440||4th in South Division||Did not qualify for playoffs|
|2012||46-54||.460||4th in South Division||Did not qualify for playoffs|
|2013||52-48||.520||3rd in South Division||Did not qualify for playoffs|
|2014||37-62||.374||4th in South Division||Did not qualify for playoffs|
- Vasquez, Crystal (December 2, 2014). "The Thunderheads roll into Amarillo". KVII-TV.
- "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010". Pensacola News Journal. January 2, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
- "Amarillo Sox fire GM Lee". Amarillo Globe-News. 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
- "Sox name owner of Venom as new EVP/GM of Sox". 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
- Gold Sox to bat in city again, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 3, 2010
- A blast from the past, Amarillo Gold Sox return, KVII-TV website ConnectAmarillo.com, December 3, 2010
- Gold Sox name out for team, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 8, 2010
- Editorial: Watch out for name snag, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 10, 2010