San Rafael Pacifics
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|San Rafael Pacifics|
|Location||San Rafael, California|
|League championships||5 (NABL, 2012), (PA, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019)|
|Colors||Navy blue, light blue, white|
The San Rafael Pacifics are a professional baseball team based in San Rafael, California, United States. They play in the Pecos League, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major or Minor League Baseball. Prior to joining the Pecos League, they were a charter franchise of the six-team Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs and were also members of the North American League in 2012.
The Pacifics franchise was launched by Centerfield Partners 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 was purchased by Gabe Suárez in December 2018 and the Pacifics won the 2019 Pacific Association championship after beating the highly favored Sonoma Stompers in the championship series. The Pacifics were purchased by Andrew Dunn, founder of the Pecos League in March 2020 after the Pacifics and the Pacific Association agreed to not continue their affiliation due to major differences in operating a sound independent baseball league.
North American League
The North American Baseball League was a nine-year-old, ten-team, professional, independent minor league formed from teams of the former Golden Baseball and United Baseball leagues. Play is typically described as A- to AA- caliber baseball, with players primarily coming from previous stints in the major league-affiliated AAA-, AA-, and A- leagues. The North American Baseball League folded in 2012. The Pacifics were the final champions of the league.
Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs (2013–2019)
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 folded and were replaced by the Vallejo Admirals.
In 2014, both Hawaii teams folded and the Sonoma Stompers and the Pittsburg Diamonds were added to the league.
Pecos League (2020–present)
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- San Rafael Pacifics Team For Sale, Pacifics' official website, August 29, 2018
- San Rafael Pacifics owner Gabriel Suarez has lengthy baseball background, Marin Independent Journal, December 28, 2018
- San Rafael Pacifics to join the Pecos League for 2020 season, PecosLeague.com, March 12, 2020