The Stompers would also have a New York Times best seller written about the team called “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” by Ben Lindberg and Sam Miller. It detailed the 2015 season.
There is an updated version with a new “afterword” section and has a 4.7 star rating on Amazon.
“They do a great job of laying out all the numbers that they had in front of them for such tasks as: choosing which players to sign; making lineup recommendations; employing extreme defensive shifts; and building detailed reports on opposing pitchers for use by the team’s hitters. Seeing the raw data made the book much more enjoyable than if they had just jumped ahead to the conclusions that they reached.”
Brandon Phillips Signs With The Vallejo Admirals
One of the most decorated players in Pacific Association history was signed in the 2019 season and played for his brother PJ Phillips who is the manager. Brandon has a storied MLB career spanning 17 years so far with the most recent time in the big leagues in 2018. He has over 2000 hits in the bigs and is a 3x All Star.
With the Admirals he went four-for-13 (.308) with a home run. It was a great experience for fans and his teammates. After his time with the Admirals Brandon signed with the Diablos Rojos del Mexico which is a Triple-A team that plays in Mexico City.
The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs has played an important historical role in the game of baseball and has too many notable moments to make a complete comprehensive list. There have been some iconic moments that have provided a ton of entertainment value to the fans, inspired the next generation, and landed team memorabilia in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown more than once!
The league has seen past MLB superstars and players who would eventually go on to play in the big leagues. One of the most controversial baseball players in the history of the game has played for two different teams in the league. Jose Canseco needs no introduction and has had stints in several independent leagues after his MLB career including time in the Pacific Association. Love him or hate him Jose is an interesting guy who knows how to put on a show.
Women Players Signed
Anna Kimbrel, Stacy Piagno, and Kelsie Whitmore were signed in the 2016 season and enjoyed some historic moments. These women had won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Women’s Baseball tournament. They are very accomplished baseball and softball players.
In 2017 Stacy Piagno had a seven inning, one run performance against the Pittsburg Diamonds. In doing so, she became the third woman since the 1950s to win a game in an American men’s professional league.
Chris Mazza earned his first MLB victory on September 29th, 2019
Chis Mazza started the 2018 season pitching in the Pacific Association for the San Rafael Pacifics and finished the 2019 season pitching for the New York Mets!
He earned his first Major League Baseball victory on September 29th, 2019 game vs. the Atlanta Braves. In 2018, the Walnut Creek native went 3-2 with a .59 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched with 31 strikeouts with the Pacifics before getting promoted to the South Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League.
In 2019, Mazza spent time in both the AA and AAA affiliate of the New York Mets before getting the call to the show. After almost eight full seasons in the minors, Mazza made his MLB debut on June 29th against the Atlanta Braves where he threw four innings of one run ball.
Mazza ended his first MLB season with 16.1 innings pitched and 11 strikeouts to just five walks. While the Pacific Association has had over a dozen MLB players play in the league, Mazza became the first Pacific Association player to reach the MLB. Leagues like the Pacific Association can keep a players career active and can open up a lot of doors.