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|Sam Lynn Ballpark|
The Bakersfield Blaze was a minor league baseball team in Bakersfield, California, that played in the Class A – Advanced California League. They played their home games at Sam Lynn Ballpark. Opened in 1941, the stadium is well known for facing the setting sun and its shallow 354-foot center field fence, and seats 3,500 fans.
Near the end of the 2008 season, it was rumored that the Blaze would move to the Carolina League after the following season. However, Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner announced in February 2009 that they would remain in the California League.
The Blaze were sold to local Bakersfield businessmen Gene Voiland and Chad Hathaway just prior to the 2012 season. The new ownership renovated Sam Lynn Ballpark in time for Opening Day and announced in November 2012 that a new ballpark would be ready for the 2014 season. However, financing plans for a new stadium failed to meet the $30 million target and team ownership was reclaimed by former owner D. G. Elmore. As a result, the California League began looking for a new home for the team. However, in August 2016, the California League announced that the Blaze would not be returning for the 2017 season. The team played its final game on September 12, 2016.
The Buies Creek Astros will replace the Blaze at the Advanced-A level, the Buies Creek Astros are not the continuation of the Blaze.
Hall of Fame Alumni
- Pedro Martínez (1991) Inducted, 2015
- Mike Piazza (1991) Inducted, 2016
- Don Sutton (1987) Inducted 1998
Notable former Bakersfield players
- Phil Bradley (1982)
- Johnny Callison
- Ron Cey
- John Danks (2005)
- Chris Davis (2007)
- Edwin Díaz
- Don Drysdale
- Mike Garcia
- Jonny Gomes (2002)
- Yasmani Grandal (2011)
- Didi Gregorius (2011)
- Juan Guzman (1987)
- Billy Hamilton(2012)
- Josh Hamilton (2002) 2010 AL Most Valuable Player
- Jason Hammel (2004)
- Orel Hershiser (1991) 1988 NL Cy-Young Award
- Derek Holland (2008)
- Todd Hollandsworth (1992) 1996 NL Rookie of the Year
- Mitch Moreland (2009)
- Mario Soto (1988)
|Year||Record||Finish in Northern Division||Manager||Playoffs|
|1941||73–67||3rd||Frank Morehouse / Les Powers||Lost in 1st Round 3 games to 1 vs Santa Barbara|
|1942||22–45||4th||Jack Colbern / Rex Cecil / Lee Dempsey||League suspended operations on June 28|
|1946||72–58||3rd||Martin Metrovich / Tony Governor||Lost in 1st Round 3 games to 2 vs Stockton|
|1948||70–70||5th (t)||Harry Griswold|
|1949||85–54||1st||Harry Griswold||Lost in 1st Round 3 games to 2 vs Ventura|
|1953||75–65||2nd||Ray Perry||Lost in 1st Round 3 games to 0 vs Stockton|
|1954||80–60||2nd (t)||Ray Perry||Lost in 1st Round 3 games to 1 vs San Jose|
|1956||48–92||8th||Art Lilly / Dick Wilson|
|1957||64–75||6th||Dick Wilson / Babe Herman|
|1958||84–55||2nd||Paul Owens||Lost in 1st Round 2 games to 1 vs Visalia|
|1959||70–71||4th||Paul Owens||Lost League Finals 4 games to 2 vs Modesto|
|1962||67–72||6th (t)||Bob Wellman|
|1970||93–46||1st||Don LeJohn||League Champs – Best Overall Regular Season Record – No Playoffs (Best Record in Bakersfield History)|
|1972||88–52||1st||Don LeJohn||Lost League Finals 2 games to 0 vs Modesto|
|1973||70–70||4th||George Freese||Lost League Finals 2 games to 0 vs Lodi|
|1984||68–72||4th||Don LeJohn||Won 1st Round 2 games to 1 vs Fresno, Lost League Finals 3 games to 1 vs Modesto|
|1989||82–60||3rd||Tim Johnson||Won 1st Round 3 games to 1 vs San Bernardino League Champs Defeated Stockton 3 games to 0|
|1990||80–62||3rd||Tom Beyers||Won 1st Round 3 games to 2 vs Visalia, Lost League Finals 3 games to 2 vs Stockton|
|1991||85–51||2nd||Tom Beyers||Lost in 1st Round 3 games to 0 vs High Desert|
|1995||58–82||8th (t)||Greg Mahlberg|
|1997||62–78||8th||Glenn Tufts / Keith Bodie|
|2000||80–60||2nd||Lenn Sakata||Lost in 1st round 2 games to 1 to Visalia (BEST RECORD IN BAKERSFIELD BLAZE HISTORY)|
|2001||71–69||5th (t)||Charlie Montoyo||Defeated Stockton 2 games to 1 in 1st Round, Trailed 2 games to 1 in Division Finals vs San Jose when post season cancelled due to 9/11*|
|2002||69–72||6th (t)||Charlie Montoyo|
|2009||75–65||5th||Steve Buechele||Defeated Modesto 2 games to 1 in 1st Round, Lost North Div Finals 3 games to 2 vs San Jose|
|2011||66–74||6th||Ken Griffey, Sr.|
|2012||72–68||5th||Ken Griffey, Sr.||Won first half championship. Lost North Div Finals in 5 games to Modesto|
|2013||55–85||5th||Ken Griffey, Sr.|
|2014||78–62||2nd||Pat Kelly||First Half Champion (Lost to Visalia in Divisional Finals)|
|2016||76–64||8th (t)||Eddie Menchaca||Defeated San Jose 2 games to 1 in 1st Round, Lost Nort Div Finals 3 games to 0 vs Visalia|
- "2 Cal League teams no longer moving to Carolina League". Bakersfield.com. March 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
- "2 Long-awaited plans unveiled for a new Bakersfield Blaze ballpark". Bakersfield.com. November 2, 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-02.
- "Previous owner reclaims the Blaze; league looking for a new city". Bakersfield.com. October 14, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
- "Cal League to Downsize in 2017". OurSports Central. August 22, 2016.
- Spedden, Zach (September 13, 2016). "Bakersfield Blaze Play Final Game". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 13, 2016.