Na Koa Ikaika Maui

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Na Koa Ikaika Maui
Na Koa Ikaika Maui Logo.svg Na Koa Ikaika Maui Cap Insignia.png
Team logo Cap insignia
League Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (2013)
Location Wailuku, Hawaii
Ballpark Maehara Stadium (capacity 1,500)
Year founded 2010
Year disbanded 2013
League championships 1 (PAPB 2013)
Division championships 1 (GBL: South Division - 2010)
Former league(s)
Colors Black, green, yellow, red
                   
Ownership Hawaii Baseball, LLC
Manager Jeff Brooks
General Manager David Andrus
Media The Maui News
Website mauiprobaseball.com

Na Koa Ikaika Maui (Hawaiian for The Maui Strong Warriors) were an independent professional baseball team based out of Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii and the current champions of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. They made their debut in the 2010 season with the Golden Baseball League in a game away to the Victoria Seals on May 21, 2010 and play their home games at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku on the island of Maui.[1][2][3]

On December 23, 2009, Michael Cummings, the CEO of XnE, Inc. that founded the team, announced the hiring of former St. George RoadRunners skipper Cory Snyder as the first manager and the signing of 30-year-old GBL veteran Mark Okano. The team also signed 2009 Golden Baseball League All-Star Fehlandt Lentini. The team's colors are black, green, yellow and red in keeping with the spirit of the Islands. The team's logo and uniforms can now be found at their website.[4][5]

In late August 2010, Na Koa Ikaika Maui was acquired by a new ownership group, Hawaii Baseball LLC, based out of Los Angeles that foreclosed as XnE defaulted on a loan that pledged the assets of the team as collateral. On December 16, 2010, Maui hired Garry Templeton as their new manager months after he led the Chico Outlaws to their second GBL title.

In 2012, Hawaii Baseball LLC, owners of Na Koa Ikaika, hired Jamie Vermilyea as their new manager for 2012 and also started a second franchise, the Hawaii Stars, to join the league. The team joined the North American League in 2011, but that league folded in 2012 and they became charter members of the four-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. The team shut down operations after playing the 2013 Pacific Association season due to the travel costs of bringing in the teams from Northern California.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Golden Baseball League plans to have Maui team in 2010, Robert Collias, The Maui News, September 30, 2009
  2. ^ Golden Baseball League Expands to Hawaii, GBL website, September 30, 2009
  3. ^ GBL expanding to Maui, The Yuma Sun, September 30, 2009
  4. ^ Valley Isle’s Golden Baseball League team to be called Na Koa Ikaika Maui, Robert Collias, GBL website, December 23, 2009
  5. ^ Team Uniforms
  6. ^ Hawaii Stars baseball team suspended

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