Amarillo Sox

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Amarillo Sox
AmarilloSox.png AmarilloSoxCap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
League American Association (2011-present) (South Division)
Location Amarillo, Texas
Ballpark Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium
Year founded 2010
League championships 0
Division championships 0
Colors Brown, gold, white
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Ownership Southern Independent Baseball
Manager Bobby Brown
General Manager Mark Lee
Website www.amarillosox.com

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.

The team relocated to Amarillo in 2011. They were previously known as the Pensacola Pelicans, based in Pensacola, Florida. The new team's general manager is former Amarillo Gold Sox and San Diego Padres pitcher Mark Lee.

History[edit]

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.[1]

The franchise secured a lease to the Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium, replacing the Amarillo Dillas of the United League Baseball, who were evicted from their stadium lease.

The franchise was originally going to be named the Amarillo Gold Sox after the longtime minor league team from the later 1930s through 1982.[2][3] 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.[4] 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".[5] 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.

Current roster[edit]

Amarillo Sox roster
Active (22-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 21 Casey Beck
  • 17 Derek Blacksher
  •  6 Erik Draxton
  • 28 Matt Larkins
  • 22 Ryan Mitchell
  • 11 Kellen Moen
  • 22 Michael Nannini
  • 15 Celson Polanco
  •  7 Dayne Quiest
  • -- Kevin Rogers
  • 15 Joe Zeller



 

Catchers

  • 12 Jeff Farnham
  • 10 Connar O'Gorman

Infielders

  • -- Brian Bjstagne
  •  3 Josh Miller
  • 16 Charlie Mirabel
  •  4 Cory Morales
  • -- Eli Sonaqui

Outfielders

  •  7 Keith Brachold
  •  5 Jason Martin
  • 25 Cory Patton
  • 13 Joe Weik
 

Manager

  • 27 Bobby Brown

Coaches

  • 26 Jeff Brooks (hitting)
  • 14 Joseph Brown (pitching)

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated May 18, 2014
Transactions

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010". Pensacola News Journal. January 2, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Gold Sox to bat in city again, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 3, 2010
  3. ^ A blast from the past, Amarillo Gold Sox return, KVII-TV website ConnectAmarillo.com, December 3, 2010
  4. ^ Gold Sox name out for team, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 8, 2010
  5. ^ Editorial: Watch out for name snag, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 10, 2010

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