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Rocket City Trash Pandas
Rocket City Trash Pandas
Founded in 2020
Madison, Alabama
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Team logo
Minor league affiliations
ClassDouble-A (2020-present)
LeagueSouthern League (2020-present)
Major league affiliations
TeamLos Angeles Angels (2020-present)
Team data
NicknameRocket City Trash Pandas (2020-present)
ColorsRed, blue, gray, white, black
BallparkToyota Field (2020-present)
ManagerJay Bell[1]
General ManagerKen Clary[2]

The Rocket City Trash Pandas are a Minor League Baseball team of the Southern League expected to begin play in Madison, Alabama, in 2021.[3] The team will be the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. They will play their home games at Toyota Field, which was planned to open in 2020.[4]


In November 2017, BallCorps LLC purchased the Mobile BayBears from owners Michael Savit and HWS Group for the purpose of relocating the team to Madison, Alabama, in 2020.[5][6] Upon relocation, the team will be called the Rocket City Trash Pandas.[7] The name is a reference to both the area's association with the space industry and the determination and ingenuity of raccoons.[7]

The Trash Pandas were to begin their inaugural season on the road playing against the Birmingham Barons on April 9, 2020 and play their first home game on April 15;[3] however, the start of the 2020 season was postponed before getting canceled on June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[8] pushing back their inaugural season by a year.

In December 2019, the Rocket City Trash Pandas announced that they had sold over $2 million in merchandise in just over 13 months since announcing their branding.[9]



  1. ^ "Jay Bell Named Rocket City Trash Pandas First Manager". Rocket City Trash Pandas. January 7, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Ken Clary Named New BayBears GM". Ballpark Digest. October 8, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Gattis, Paul (August 1, 2019). "Trash Pandas release 2020 schedule, opening vs. Braves". Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Gattis, Paul (April 15, 2019). "Countdown is on: 1 year from today until first Trash Pandas game in Madison". Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Stephenson, Creg (November 9, 2017). "Mobile BayBears confirm sale, will play 2018 season at Hank Aaron Stadium". Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "MiLB Approves Mobile BayBears Move to Madison". Ballpark Digest. May 30, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ a b Ary, Patrick (September 5, 2018). "Rocket City Trash Pandas chosen as new Madison baseball team's name". WHNT. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "2020 Minor League Baseball Season Shelved". Minor League Baseball. June 30, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Rocket City Trash Pandas Pass $2M Mark in Licensed Merchandise Sales". (Press release). Rocket City Trash Pandas. December 23, 2019. Retrieved 2020.

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