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Inland Empire 66ers
Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino
Founded in 1987
San Bernardino, California
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass A Advanced
Minor league affiliations
LeagueCalifornia League
ConferenceSouth Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentLos Angeles Angels (2011-present)
Previous
Minor league titles
  • 1995
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2006
  • 2013
Team data
NicknameInland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino (2003-present)
Previous names
  • San Bernardino Stampede (1996-2002)
  • San Bernardino Spirit (1987-1995)
MascotBernie (1999-present)
The Baseball Bug (1988-1998)
BallparkSan Manuel Stadium
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Elmore Sports Group (David G. Elmore & Donna F. Tuttle)
ManagerChad Tracy
General ManagerJoe Hudson

The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino are a minor league baseball team in San Bernardino, California. They are the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and play in the California League. The 66ers play home games at San Manuel Stadium.

Franchise history

The 66ers began when the Salinas Spurs moved to San Bernardino and bought the name of the San Bernardino Spirit from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes who had just left town. The team was bought by Elmore Sports Group soon afterwards. The team originally played at Fiscalini Field until 1996 when the team moved to San Bernardino Stadium, nicknamed "The Ranch" in concert with the team's new name, the San Bernardino Stampede.

Later, the stadium was re-christened San Manuel Stadium sponsored by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians with their casino.

The team name was later changed to the team's current name, the Inland Empire 66ers, taken from the historic U. S. Route 66 that ran through San Bernardino.

In September 2006, the 66ers announced they were renewing its affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers beginning in the 2007 season. That affiliation would last through the end of the 2010 season.

In September 2010, the 66ers agreed to a two-year affiliation with the Los Angeles Angels to be the MLB club's minor league "High A" ball affiliate.

The team was once unique for having a National Public Radio affiliate, KVCR-FM, as the station that broadcast its games on radio. However, in 2008 the team changed its station to commercial talk station KCAA.

Year-by-year record

  • San Bernardino Spirit (1993-1995)
  • San Bernardino Stampede (1996-2002)
  • Inland Empire 66ers (2003-present)
Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1993 62-74 7th Greg Mahlberg --
1994 48-88 9th Greg Mahlberg --
1995 84-54 1st Ron Roenicke League Champions
1996 70-70 7th Del Crandall --
1997 68-72 7th Del Crandall / Dino Ebel Lost League Finals
1998 55-85 9th Mickey Hatcher / Joe Vavra / Tim Wallach --
1999 80-61 2nd Rick Burleson League Champions
2000 77-63 4th Dino Ebel League Champions
2001 76-64 3rd Daren Brown Lost in 1st round
2002 77-63 3rd Daren Brown Lost in 2nd round
2003 78-62 2nd Steve Roadcap League Champions
2004 77-63 3rd Daren Brown Lost in 2nd round
2005 58-82 9th Daren Brown --
2006 72-68 5th Gary Thurman League Champions
2007 72-67 3rd Dave Collins Lost in 1st round
2008 68-73 3rd John Valentin Lost in 1st round
2009 59-81 4th Carlos Subero
2010 50-90 5th Jeff Carter
2011 69-71 5th Tom Gamboa
2012 66-74 5th Bill Haselman
2013 69-71 5th Bill Haselman League Champions
2014 62-78 5th Denny Hocking Lost in 2nd round
2015 61-79 4th Denny Hocking
2016 48-92 5th Chad Tracy

Roster

Notable alumni

Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

  • Rafael Furcal (2007, 2010) 3 x MLB All-Star; 2000 NL Rookie of the Year
  • Orel Hershiser (2000) 1988 World Series Most Valuable Player; 1988 NL Cy Young Award

External links


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