Amarillo Thunderheads

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Amarillo Thunderheads
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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
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
Manager Bobby Brown
General Manager Stephanie Tucker
Website www.amarillosox.com

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.

The team relocated to Amarillo in 2011. They were previously known as the Pensacola Pelicans, based in Pensacola, Florida. On December 2, 2014 they changed their name to the Amarillo Thunderheads.[1]

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.[2]

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.

Former Amarillo Gold Sox and San Diego Padres pitcher Mark Lee was General Manager from 2006 to 2014.[3] 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.[4]

The franchise was originally going to be named the Amarillo Gold Sox after the longtime minor league team from the later 1930s through 1982.[5][6] 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.[7] 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".[8] 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 Thunderheads 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

Season-by-season record[edit]

Amarillo Sox (2011-2014) [1]
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
Totals (2011–2014) 179-220 .448 -

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vasquez, Crystal (December 2, 2014). "The Thunderheads roll into Amarillo". KVII-TV. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010". Pensacola News Journal. January 2, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Amarillo Sox fire GM Lee". Amarillo Globe-News. 2014-10-09. Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  4. ^ "Sox name owner of Venom as new EVP/GM of Sox". 2014-10-16. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  5. ^ Gold Sox to bat in city again, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 3, 2010
  6. ^ A blast from the past, Amarillo Gold Sox return, KVII-TV website ConnectAmarillo.com, December 3, 2010
  7. ^ Gold Sox name out for team, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 8, 2010
  8. ^ Editorial: Watch out for name snag, Amarillo Globe-News @ Amarillo.com, December 10, 2010

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