Mobile BayBears

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Mobile BayBears
Founded in 1976
Mobile, Alabama
BayBears.pngMobileBayBearsCap.png
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
Current Double-A
Minor league affiliations
League Southern League (1976–present)
Division South
Major league affiliations
Current Los Angeles Angels (2017–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1998
  • 2004*
  • 2011
  • 2012
Division titles (3)
  • 1998
  • 2004
  • 2011
*Co-champions
Team data
Nickname Mobile BayBears (1997–present)
Previous names
Colors Navy, light blue, ecru, white
                   
Ballpark Hank Aaron Stadium (1997–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
BallCorps LLC / Mobile Professional Baseball, LLC
Manager Sal Fasano
General Manager Chris Morgan
"Teddy", mascot of the BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are a Minor League Baseball team based in Mobile, Alabama, United States. The team, which plays in the Southern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The BayBears play in Hank Aaron Stadium, named after baseball's former all-time home run king and Mobile native Hank Aaron. Opened in 1997, the park seats 6,000 spectators. The BayBears will relocate to Madison, Alabama, in 2020.

History[edit]

The BayBears franchise originated in 1976 in Charlotte, North Carolina, first as the Charlotte Orioles and then as the first incarnation of the Charlotte Knights. When Charlotte moved up to become a Triple-A franchise in 1993, the team found a temporary home in Nashville, Tennessee, as the Nashville Xpress from 1993 to 1994. It existed as the Port City Roosters in Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1995 to 1996. The franchise landed in Mobile in 1997.

The team's name was announced in July 1996, having been selected in a name-the-team contest.[1] Mobile mayor Mike Dow announced the name at that year's Mobile Fourth of July fireworks display.[2] In September 1996, the BayBears signed an affiliation agreement with the San Diego Padres.[3]

In November 2017, BayBears owners Michael Savit and HWS Group, closed on the sale of the team to BallCorps LLC.[4] The team will continue to play in Mobile through the 2019 season, but will relocate to Madison, Alabama, in 2020, where they will play in a newly-built ballpark.[5][6]

Television and radio[edit]

All Mobile BayBears games are televised live on MiLB.TV. The Mobile BayBears Broadcast Network is hosted by Steve Goldberg and is aired on the TUNEIN Radio App.

BayBears Hall of Fame[edit]

Other notable alumni[edit]

Roster[edit]

Mobile BayBears roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 37 Adrian Almeida
  • 20 Nathan Bates Injury icon 2.svg
  • 15 Vicente Campos
  • 30 Griffin Canning
  • -- Tyler Carpenter Injury icon 2.svg
  • 32 Jesús Castillo *
  • 28 Ryan Clark
  • 39 Matt Custred
  • 46 Samil De Los Santos
  • -- Arjenis Fernandez ‡
  • 33 Conor Lillis-White
  • 23 Greg Mahle
  •  6 Luis Pena
  • 40 Jeremy Rhoades
  • 13 Jose Rodriguez
  • 26 Jose Suarez

Catchers

  • 16 Michael Barash
  • 10 Wade Wass

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 14 Zach Gibbons Injury icon 2.svg
  •  8 Brennon Lund
  •  2 Brendon Sanger
  •  3 Bo Way


Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Los Angeles Angels 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated April 30, 2018
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Southern League
Los Angeles Angels minor league players

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Baseball Notes". Wilmington Star-News. 1996-07-06. p. 2C. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  2. ^ "Baseball". Tuscaloosa News. 1996-07-05. p. 3C. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  3. ^ "New Mobile team links with Padres". Wilmington Star-News. 1996-09-20. p. 2C. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  4. ^ Stephenson, Creg (November 9, 2017). "Mobile BayBears confirm sale, will play 2018 season at Hank Aaron Stadium". AL.com. Retrieved November 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Reichard, Kevin (January 30, 2018). "New Madison Ballpark Approved; 2020 Opening Planned". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved January 30, 2018. 
  6. ^ "MiLB Approves Mobile BayBears Move to Madison". Ballpark Digest. May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018. 

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