Salinas Spurs

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Salinas Spurs
19541992
(1954-1958, 1963-1965, 1973-1980, 1982-1987, 1989-1992)
Salinas, California
Class-level
Previous
  • Class A (1963-1965, 1973-1980, 1982-1987, 1989-1992)
  • Class-C (1954-1958)
Minor league affiliations
League California League
Major league affiliations
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Minor league titles
League titles 1957
Team data
Previous names
  • Salinas Spurs (1982-1987, 1989-1992)
  • Salinas Angels (1976-1980)
  • Salinas Packers (1973-1975)
  • Salinas Indians (1965)
  • Salinas Mets (1963-1964)
  • Salinas Packers (1954-1958)
Previous parks
Salinas Municipal Stadium

Several minor league baseball teams have been based in Salinas, California and played in the California League.

Salinas Spurs[edit]

The Salinas Spurs were a California League team that played from 1982 to 1987 and again from 1989 to 1992. Located in Salinas, California, they were affiliated with the Chicago Cubs from 1982 to 1983, the Seattle Mariners from 1984 to 1987, and in 1989 they had a partial working agreement with the San Francisco Giants. That season, they had seven Japanese players play for them.

They did not play as the Salinas Spurs in 1988, because they moved to Riverside, California to become the Riverside Red Wave. Baseball returned to Salinas after the Fresno Suns moved there for the 1989 season and became the Spurs.

Notable alumni[edit]

Year-by-year record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1982 68-72 5th Rich Morales
1983 57-83 9th George Enright
1984 66-74 5th (t) R. J. Harrison
1985 89-55 1st R. J. Harrison Lost in 1st round
1986 77-65 3rd Greg Mahlberg Lost in 1st round
1987 64-78 9th Greg Mahlberg
1989 51-91 10th Tim Ireland
1990 47-93 10th Hide Koga
1991 55-81 9th Hide Koga
1992 36-99 10th Hide Koga

Salinas Angels[edit]

The Salinas Angels were a California League baseball team based in Salinas, California, USA that played from 1976 to 1980. They played their home games at Salinas Municipal Stadium.[1]

The team made the California League playoffs in 1976 and 1977, reaching (and losing) the league finals in each of those seasons.

Each season, the team had a new manager. The team's managers, by year: Del Crandall (1976), Moose Stubing (1977), Chuck Cottier (1978), Chris Cannizzaro (1979) and Tom Zimmer (1980).

Notable players include major league All-Stars Tom Brunansky, Mark Clear, Dave Engle, Ken Schrom, Dickie Thon and Mike Witt.

Salinas Packers[edit]

There were two incarnations of the baseball team known as the Salinas Packers. The first existed from 1954 to 1958, and was affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955 and the Milwaukee Braves from 1956 to 1958. The second incarnation existed from 1973 to 1975, and was affiliated with the California Angels. They played their home games at Municipal Stadium in the second incarnation.[2] Both incarnations were located in Salinas, California and played in the California League.

In 1976, they were renamed the Salinas Angels. In 1957, they won the California League title. One of their players, John Balaz, was named MVP in 1973.[3]

Year-by-year record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference Bullpen)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1954 56-84 7th John O'Neil / George Genovese
1955 60-86 6th Buck Elliott / Jack Paepke
1956 53-87 7th Eddie Lake
1957 68-67 4th Leo Thomas / Bill Kreuger League Champs
1958 53-85 8th Victor Marasco / Al Forthmann
1973 77-63 1st (t) Jim Saul
1974 78-62 3rd Jim Saul
1975 67-73 5th (t) Buck Rodgers none

Salinas Indians[edit]

The Salinas Indians were a California League baseball team based in Salinas, California, USA that played in 1965. They were managed by Phil Cavarretta and were affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. Their home stadium was Salinas Municipal Stadium.

Multiple major leaguers played for the team, including Frank Baker, Gary Boyd, Larry Foster, Gomer Hodge, Ray Miller, Dave Nelson, Sam Parrilla, Richie Scheinblum and Oscar Zamora.[4]

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