Burlington Bees

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Burlington Bees
Founded in 1889
Burlington, Iowa
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Single-A
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1962–present)
Division Western Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013–present)
Minor league titles
League titles 1949, 1965, 1977, 1999, 2008, 2009
Team data
Nickname Burlington Bees (1993–present)
Previous names
  • Burlington Astros (1991–1992)
  • Burlington Braves (1988–1990)
  • Burlington Expos (1986–1987)
  • Burlington Rangers (1982–1985)
  • Burlington Bees (1954–1981)
  • Burlington Flints (1952–1953)
  • Burlington Indians (1947–1949)
Ballpark Community Field (1947–present)
City of Burlington, Iowa
Manager Chad Tracy
General manager Chuck Brockett

The Burlington Bees are a Class A minor league baseball team, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with whom they signed a 2-year player development contract on September 25, 2012. The Bees 2012 affiliate was the Angels rival Oakland Athletics.The Bees play in the Midwest League. Their home is in Burlington, Iowa.


The team began playing in the Central Interstate League in 1889 under the name of the Burlington Babies the next year in 1890 they played in the Illinois Iowa League against Sterling and Galesburg Illinois and then the same year they went under the name Burlington Hawkeyes and went back into the Central Interstate League with their new sponsor, 5 years passed before there was another team in Burlington that went under the name of the Burlingtons that played independently and then later that year the Burlington Colts formed whom played in the Western Association B League until 1898 changing their name for their last year for the league back to the Burlington Hawkeyes baseball once again took a hiatus in Burlington until 1904 when they joined the Iowa League of Professional Baseball Clubs under the name of the Burlington River Rats 1905 was changed to Burlington Flint Hills and the last two years they were in the Iowa League of Professional Baseball Clubs the Central Association (1906 1907) they were the Burlington Pathfinders in 1908 they joined the Central Association through 1908-1916 they played under the same name and league until they were moved to Ottumwa mid season and became the Ottumwa Packers, baseball came back to Burlington under the now more common name the Burlington Bees in the Mississippi Valley League until 1932 baseball would once again come back to Burlington in 1947 under the Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League as the Burlington Indians, the same year that their stadium, Community Field, was opened. They won the league championship in 1949, their third and final year in the Central Association. The team joined the Three-I (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana) League in 1952 as the Burlington Flints but was renamed the Bees in 1954. In 1958, Billy Williams played 61 games with the Bees before joining the Cubs. Burlington joined the Midwest League in 1962 as a farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that affiliation lasted only one season. From 1963 through 1974 they were a farm team of the Kansas City (later Oakland) A's; subsequent affiliations included the Brewers (1975–81), the Rangers (1982–85), the Expos (1986–87 and 1993–94), the Braves (1988–90), the Astros (1991–92), the Giants (1995–96), the Reds (1997–98), and the White Sox (1999–2000). The Bees won the Midwest League championship in 1965, 1977, 1999, 2008, and 2009.

The Burlington Bees play the Swing of the Quad Cities in this July 2004 game at Burlington Community Field.

The team was known as the Bees from 1924-32 1954–81, but starting with 1947-1949 seasons and with the 1982 season on they used the nickname of their major league parent club. The Bees nickname was revived for the 1993 season.

In addition to Billy Williams, the first Bee inducted into the Hall of Fame, former players who have enjoyed major league success include Sal Bando, Vida Blue (who struck out a team-record 231 batters in 1968), Jim "Catfish" Hunter George Hendrick, Phil Garner, Chet Lemon, Claudell Washington, Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, Randy Ready, Larry Walker, Rubén Sierra, Kenny Rogers, José Vidro, Ugueth Urbina, Javy López, Mark Buehrle, Mike Mordecai, Shawn Estes, Ruben Gotay and Gus Zernial. In total over 200 former Bees have played in the majors, including 35 on active rosters in 2004.

Their home park is Community Field, built in 1947 and rebuilt after a 1971 fire. The franchise attendance record of 83,927 was set in 1994. The stadium was upgraded for the 2004 season, including a revamped concessions area, a partial covering of the grandstand, an improvement in the sound system, and a new scoreboard. In 2007, the Bees changed their logo and uniforms. Since 2007 the Bees have had 3 affiliates, the Kansas City Royals (2001–2010), the Oakland Athletics (2011–2012), and the current affiliate Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013–present). The Bees have also released their 2015 Season Schedule in which they play Opening Day against the Beloit Snappers on April 9th, 2015.

Current roster[edit]

Burlington Bees roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 45 Alfonso Alcantara
  • 33 Alan Busenitz
  • 31 Ben Carlson
  • 26 Michael Clevinger
  • 11 Harrison Cooney
  • 23 Ryan Etsell
  • 27 Trevor Foss
  • 46 Eswarlin Jimenez
  • 34 Joey Krehbiel
  • 22 Garrett Nuss
  • 30 Clint Sharp
  • 36 Michael Smith


  • 12 Anthony Bemboom
  •  6 Ryan Dalton
  •  9 Stephen McGee


  • 29 Eric Aguilera
  • 21 Kody Eaves
  •  2 Kirby Pellant
  • 28 Angel Rosa
  • 14 Erick Salcedo


  •  7 Mike Fish
  • 18 Chad Hinshaw
  • 19 Ranyelmy Mendoza
  • 25 Mark Shannon



Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 9, 2014
More MiLB rosters
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim minor league players

11 Harrison Cooney

Former players[edit]

Team Affiliations[edit]

Level Team League Location
MLB Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim American League Los Angeles, CA
AAA Salt Lake Bees Pacific Coast League Salt Lake City, UT
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Little Rock, AR
A+ Inland Empire 66ers California League San Bernardino, CA
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Burlington, IA
Rookie Orem Owlz Pioneer League Orem, UT
Rookie AZL Angels Arizona League Tempe, AZ


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