San Rafael Pacifics
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|San Rafael Pacifics|
|League||Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs|
|Location||San Rafael, California|
|League championships||1 (NABL, 2012)|
|Colors||Blue, gold, white
|Ownership||Redwood Sports and Entertainment|
|General Manager||Mike Shapiro|
The San Rafael Pacifics, a professional baseball team based in San Rafael, California, United States, are a charter member franchise of the 4-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, an independent professional baseball circuit not affiliated with Major League Baseball.
The Pacifics franchise was launched by Centerfield Partners LLC of Dublin, California. Along with a sister-team owned and operated by Centerfield Partners, the Sonoma County Grapes, the Pacifics made their debut in the 2012 baseball season at 1,000-seat Albert Park in San Rafael. The team is now owned by Redwood Sports and Entertainment.
The President of the Pacifics is Mike Shapiro, a 25-year baseball veteran with previous front-office stints at the San Francisco Giants (General Counsel), Atlanta Braves (Senior Counsel), Turner Sports (VP), and Washington Nationals (SVP).
The Assistant General Manager duties are shared between Steve Detwiler and Tristan Barberi.
North American League
The North American Baseball League was a 9-year-old, 10-team professional independent minor league made up of teams from the former Golden Baseball League as well as United Baseball League. Play is typically described as A- to AA- caliber baseball, with players primarily coming from previous stints in the affiliated AAA-, AA-, and A- Leagues. That league has since folded in 2012. They were the final champions of that league.
Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs
The Pacifics' ownership, Redwood Sports and Entertainment, took the four former Northern Division teams from the NAL and created a new league, the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. The league initially consisted of the Pacifics, Na Koa Ikaika Maui (also formerly of the GBL), Hawaii Stars and Sonoma County Grapes. However, the Grapes were folded and replaced by the Vallejo Admirals.
In 2014 both Hawaii teams folded and the Sonoma Stompers and the Pittsburg Mettle were added to the league.
San Rafael Pacifics roster
- Shea, John (2012-02-12). "San Rafael professional baseball team promises fun". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-05-26.