San Rafael Pacifics
|San Rafael Pacifics|
|Founded in 2011
San Rafael, California
|Owner(s)/Operated By: Redwood Sports and Entertainment|
|General Manager: Mike Shapiro|
|Manager: Mike Marshall|
The San Rafael Pacifics, a professional baseball team based in San Rafael, California, 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, CA. 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 1,200-seat Albert Park in San Rafael. The team is now owned by Redwood Sports and Entertainment.
Front Office 
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 Vice President of Baseball Operations and Field Manager is Mike Marshall, a 2-time World Series Champion and Major League All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mike also has a decade of experience running independent minor league baseball teams, most recently with the Chico Outlaws.
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.
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.
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