Yuma Scorpions (Arizona Winter League baseball team)
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|League||Arizona Winter League (2007-present) (American)|
|Ballpark||Desert Sun Stadium (Yuma, Arizona)|
|League championships||3 (2007, 2009, 2011)|
|Division championships||3 (2009, 2010, 2011)|
|Colors||Burgundy, Teal, Tan, Black
|Ownership||Diamond Sports & Entertainment|
The Yuma Scorpions are a professional developmental baseball team based in Yuma, Arizona. They are members of the Arizona Winter League, a short-season instructional league run by the North American League. The current Scorpions are owned by Diamond Sports & Entertainment LLC and are 3-time AWL Champions.
The Scorpions play in the American Division, as well as the Arizona RoadRunners, Blythe Heat, Long Beach Armada, and Somerton Stingers. The team has played their home games at Desert Sun Stadium in Yuma, Arizona since 2007 in the AWL and 2005 in the GBL/NAL.
The identity began with the main franchise as a charter member of the Golden Baseball League in 2005 along with the Chico Outlaws, Fullerton Flyers, Japan Samurai Bears, Long Beach Armada, Mesa Miners, San Diego Surf Dawgs and Surprise Fightin' Falcons. The franchise had little to limited success in the GBL and a new team was formed as a part of the new developmental Arizona Winter League in 2007 with the Scorpions joining the Canada Miners and Sonora Pilots assuming new identities and the Scorpions and San Diego Surf Dawgs assuming the former GBL identities. It proved fruitful as the team won three AWL Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Perhaps the most accomplished alumnus of the Scorpions AWL team is Sergio Romo, who was directly acquired by the San Francisco Giants with out even playing a GBL game.
As for the original franchise, they joined the NAL as a charter member following the merger of the GBL and United League Baseball in 2011 and they have since been purchased from the league by Godfather Media LLC and renamed the Yuma Panthers in February 2012.
Arizona Winter League:
|2008||8||11||.421||T-4th||Did not qualify.|
|2009||15||5||.750||1st in American Division||Won Championship.|
|2010||12||8||.595||1st in American Division||Lost Championship.|
|2011||11||6||.647||1st in American Division||Won Championship.|
- AWL Scoreboard 2012 AWL website
- 2012 Arizona Winter League Teams, AWL website
- Yuma gives game away, AWL website
- Yuma Scorpions website
- Arizona Winter League website
- Yuma Sun's Yuma Scorpions archive section[permanent dead link][permanent dead link]
- A real second chance (The Arizona Daily Star, September 12, 2008)
- Saskatchewan Silver Sox vs. Yuma Scorpions 20 Feb 2010 Photos & Batting Video