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Vallejo Admirals to sign Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips to sign

The Admirals announced on Tuesday their intention to sign long time major leaguer Brandon Phillips. The 17-year MLB veteran is the older brother of Vallejo manager P.J. Phillips.

Phillips is expected to join the Admirals on Thursday for their game in Sonoma. He will then play during the two-game homestand on Friday and Saturday.

“It’s a pleasure to be managing my brother,” P.J. Phillips said. “It was a dream to play with him and it’s exciting to have him be part of the Admirals.”

Brandon Phillips last played in the Major Leagues last year, playing nine games for the World Champion Boston Red Sox. He spent 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, starting mostly at second base. He is a lifetime .275 hitter with 209 stolen bases in the big leagues. He was named to three all-star teams (all during his time with the Reds) and earned four Gold Glove awards at second base. He also won one Silver Slugger award.

“I’m excited to be playing for my brother.” Brandon Phillips said. “I’ve always hit the ball well in California.”

Brandon Phillips twice earned Most Valuable Player votes, finishing 13th in 2012 and 22nd in 2007. In 2007, he hit a career-high 30 home runs with 94 RBI to go along with 32 stolen bases (also a career-high). He was the third player in Cincinnati history to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season.

In 2012, Brandon Phillips hit .281 with 18 home runs and 77 RBI to help the Reds win the National League Central Division. In 2013, he knocked in a career-high 103 runs.

The Phillips brothers both graduated from Redan High School-Stone Mountain (Ga.) and each was drafted in the second round of the MLB draft: Brandon in 1999 by the Montreal Expos and P.J. in 2005 by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Their sister Porsha Phillips played for the San Antonio Silver of the WNBA and their brother Jamil played in the Texas Rangers organization.

The Vallejo Admirals are in their seventh season as members of the Pacific Association. The Admirals have made the playoffs the past two seasons and won the 2017 Pacific Association championship.

P.J. Phillips is in his fourth season as manager of the Admirals. He played six seasons in the Angels organization and one in the Reds organization.

The Admirals will face Salina at 6:35 p.m. on Friday and San Rafael at 5:05 p.m. on Saturday. For ticket information, go to vallejoadmirals.com or call 707-641-1111

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Pecos League and Pacific Association Seasons Begin This Week

The Pecos League is set to open their ninth season today (May 30th) while the Pacific Association begins their seventh season of professional baseball on Friday (May 31st).

The Pecos League consists of 12 teams throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.

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Pecos League Opening Day 2019 games and starters:

  • Alpine Cowboys (Jake Waters) at Santa Fe Fuego (Kyle Atkinson) 6 PM MST Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Trinidad Triggers (Conor Bawiec) at Garden City Wind (Rich Edwards) at 6:30 PM CST Garden City, Kansas
  • White Sands Pupfish (Colin Shaw) at Roswell Invaders (Kyle Herrick) 7 PM MST Roswell, New Mexico
  • Wasco Reserves (Max Williams) at Monterey Amberjacks (George Faue) 6 PM PST Monterey, California
  • High Desert Yardbirds (Colton Draney) at Tucson Saguaros (Will Morris) 7 PM PST Tucson, Arizona
  • California City Whiptails (Scott Bigelow) at Bakersfield Train Robbers (Edilson Alvarez) at 7:45 PM PST Bakersfield, California

 

This year, the Pacific Association will have five teams (including one travel team – the Stockade), all based out of California.

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PACIFIC ASSOCIATION TO OPEN 7TH SEASON OF PROFESSIONAL,
INDEPENDENT BASEBALL IN NORTHER CALIFORNIA
(Official Press Release)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is set to embark on its seventh season with Opening Day celebrations in San Rafael and Vallejo on Friday night. The Vallejo Admirals play host to the Napa Silverados at Wilson Park in Vallejo with first pitched scheduled for 6:35. A few miles West at Albert Park in San Rafael, the defending champion Pacifics will host newcomers Salina Stockade, also at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Vallejo travels west on Hwy 37 to take on San Rafael at 5 p.m., while the Sonoma Stompers — who boasted a league record with 57 wins in 2018 — will host the Stockade at 7:05 pm at Arnold Field in Sonoma. The Napa Silverados will welcome the Stockade to Napa Valley College at 1 p.m. for their home opener Saturday. The opening weekend winds down Sunday Sonoma hosts Napa at 7:05 p.m. and Vallejo invites San Rafael for a 1 p.m. matinee at Wilson Park.

Tickets and information for all the games all season long can be found at the team websites:

https://silveradosbaseball.com/

http://www.stompersbaseball.com/

http://vallejoadmirals.com/

https://www.pacificsbaseball.com/

Two clubs are under new ownership in 2019 as the Napa Silverados are owned and operated by Tito and Alma Fuentes and their partner Dave Halloran. Additionally, the longtime stalwart of the league and charter member from 2013 season was sold to Gabriel Suarez. The Association also welcomes the Salina Stockade into the fold this season as a travel club.

Founded in 2013, and known for its groundbreaking moments, the Pacific Association remains the only independent professional league west of the Rocky Mountains. Located in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area — a top-five media market with more than 10 million residents — with reach into the Northern California Wine Country, the boutique baseball league hopes to continue that spirit of innovation and ingenuity in the future.

Our league was the first in the history of baseball to sign an openly gay player. It was the first in generations to integrate multiple women onto a roster, and it was the first to experiment with a computerized strike zone with a “robotic umpire”. The league’s 2015 season was chronicled in the New York Times Bestselling book, The Only Rule Is It Has To Work, when the Sonoma Stompers partnered with former Baseball Prospectus managing editors, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller, in an experiment to bring cutting edge analytics into clubhouse as well as the dugout.

We are excited to deliver a product that sets the standard and continues to raise the bar for Independent Baseball on the West Coast.