Alexandria Aces

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Alexandria Aces
AlexandriaAcesLogo.PNG AlexandriaAcesCapLogo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Location Alexandria, Louisiana
Ballpark Bringhurst Field
Year founded 1994
Year disbanded 2013
League championships 5 (1997, 1998, 2006, 2007, 2009)
Division championships 6 (1994, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2007)
Former league(s)
Colors Black, red, vegas gold
Ownership Aces Baseball, Inc. &
Alexandria Community Baseball, LLC
Manager Von Hayes
General Manager Chet Carey
Media Alexandria Daily Town Talk
Website www.myacesbaseball.com

The Alexandria Aces were a baseball team based in Alexandria, Louisiana. The last version of the Aces played in the United League in 2013. The Aces have played their home games at historic Bringhurst Field, which was built in 1933 for the original Alexandria Aces.

History[edit]

That team started in 1934 as a member of the old Evangeline League and ceased operations with the league in 1942 due to World War II. The Aces (and the league) were revived after the war but once again ceased operations in 1957.[1]

Baseball returned to Alexandria again from 1972, with the Aces as the San Diego Padres' AA farm club, and while it only lasted four years, many major league notables passed through Alexandria - in particular All-Star pitcher Randy Jones and longtime Cleveland Indians first baseman John Grubb. The late Duke Snider also managed the team during this period.

The new Aces were a charter member of the independent Texas-Louisiana League in 1994, and the Aces won back-to-back titles in 1997 and 1998 before the league changed its name to the Central Baseball League. In the first season of the new United League in 2006, the Aces won the inaugural ULB championship before pulling off another repeat as they would win the title once again in 2007. In 2009 the Aces joined the Continental Baseball League when the ULB went bankrupt. The Aces are the 2009 CBL Champions, beating the Big Bend Cowboys 2-0. In 2010, the Aces ended their contract with the CBL, citing travel costs among other reasons before joining the college wooden bat league, the Texas Collegiate League.

On March 12, 2011 the front office announced that there would be a change to the team's logo for the first time since the team returned in 1994.

In 2013, the Aces joined United League Baseball and slightly past the halfway mark of the season, with a 24-20 record and in second place, the United League cancelled the remaining games for the Aces. Four scheduled road games were forfeited, giving the Aces an official record of 24-24. According to league CEO John O'Bryant, the league could not justify spending at least $100,000 for the remainder of the season because of low attendance, averaging 333 fans a game.[2]

The last Aces' home run was hit by Florida Southern and King (TN) product Doug Freeman off Maximo De la Cruz on July 6 in a 3-2 loss to the Edinburg Roadrunners at Bringhurst Field. Ironically, De la Cruz had pitched two games for the Aces in 2009.

The last Aces' game occurred the next day, with Alexandria defeating Edinburg 7-4. Mike Loseke was the winning pitcher, and Houma native Cullen Babin earned a save by retiring Shreveport native and former Ace Brandon Spencer on a fly ball to centerfield for the final out. [3]

Edinburg would go on to win the Best-of-Five United League Championship Series after claiming nine Aces players, including Loseke and Babin, in a dispersal draft.

Team Record[edit]

Alexandria Aces Baseball Wins Losses Result
1994 53 35 Eastern Division Champions, TLL Runner Up
1995 57 43 Southern Division Champions; TLL Runner Up
1996 42 58 Fifth Place
1997 48 40 Texas Louisiana League Champions
1998 58 26 Texas Louisiana League Champions
1999 48 36 Texas Louisiana League Runner Up
2000 51 61 Fifth Place
2001 62 34 Second Place
2002 59 37 Second Half Eastern Division Champions
2003 40 56 Missed Playoffs
2006 45 44 United League Champions
2007 64 35 United League Champions
2008 53 38 Wild Card; Runner Up
2009 39 21 Continental Baseball League Champions
2010 29 38 Missed Playoffs
2013 24 20 Team folded in Second Place on July 9

All-Stars[edit]

1994: Paul Williams, C; Marvin Cole, 2B; Jay Andrews, OF; Alan Newman, LHP
1995: Fletcher Thompson, 3B; Kyle Shade, OF; Joe Ronca, DH;
1996: Malvin Matos, OF; Joe Ronca, DH;
1997: Kevin Tahan, C; John O'Brien, 1B; Kyle Shade, 3B;
1998: John O'Brien, 1B; Robert Hewes, UT; Kyle Shade, OF; Malvin Matos, DH; Russ Reeder, RHP; Tony Mack, RHP;
1999: John O'Brien, 1B; Marvin Cole, 2B; Ryan Rothe, OF; Russ Reeder, RHP; Darell White, RHP;
2000: Robert Hewes, SS; Andre Johnson, OF;
2001: Trey Salinas, C; Joe Hamilton, DH; Rob Vael, LHP;
2002: Jerry Valdez, C; Robert Hewes, 2B; Jorge Alvarez, DH;
2003: N/A
2006: Fontella Jones, RHP; Santo Hernandez, RHP; Luis Guance, SS; Keto Anderson, OF; Erick Mejias, UT; Trey Beamon, OF; Adam Bonner, 1B/RF; Adam Cox, LHP;
2007: Justin Dowdy, LHP; Luis Galaraga, RHP; Luis Guance, SS; Frank James, LHP; Palmer Karr, OF; Selwyn Langaigne, OF; Juan Carlos Ovalles, RHP; Josh Tranum, DH; Jose Umbria, C;
2008: Luis Guance, 2B; Chad Linder, LHP; Juan Carlos Ovalles, RHP; Bryan Sabatella, UT;
2009: Aaron Kalb, RHP; Will Krout, RHP; Nathan Stewart, RHP; Rhett Barber, LHP; Andy Schon, RHP; Aric Weinburg, OF;
2010:

Coaches[edit]

1994: Pete Falcone, Manager
1995-1999: Stan Cliburn, Manager
2000-2002: John O'Brien, Manager
2003: Robert Lichtenstein, Manager
2006-2008: Ricky VanAsselberg, Manager
2009: Dan Schwam, Manager
2010-2011: Mike Byrnes, Head Coach
2011: Freddy Rodriguez, Head Coach
2013: Von Hayes, Manager

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