Pacific Association

The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent baseball league based in Northern California. The league was founded in 2013 by four former North American League teams.[1]

Pacific Association
of Professional Baseball Clubs
No. of teams5
CountryUnited States
Most recent
San Rafael Pacifics (2019)
Most titlesSan Rafael Pacifics (4)


During the initial season, two Hawaii-based teams, the Hawaii Stars and the Maui Warriors, played inter-league games against the Baseball Challenge League of Japan; California teams played against the Freedom Pro League of Arizona.[2]

Both Hawaii teams, the Stars and the Warriors, ceased operations after playing the 2013 season due to the travel costs of bringing in opponents from Northern California.[3] The East Bay Lumberjacks also did not return for a second season.

Two expansion clubs were added in 2014 (Sonoma Stompers and Pittsburg Mettle) bringing the total number of teams to four.

In 2017 San Francisco businessman and entrepreneur Jonathan Stone was named league commissioner.[4]

Expansion came again in 2018 with the addition of Martinez Clippers and Napa Silverados.[5][6] This brought the league to an all-time high of six member clubs.

Before the 2019 season the league lost two teams - Martinez (folded) and Pittsburg (took a one-year hiatus). To replace them the Salina Stockade were added to the league as a travel team.[7]


Team First Season City Stadium Capacity
Napa Silverados 2018 Napa, California NVC Storm Field
Salina Stockade 2019 Travel team none ---
San Rafael Pacifics 2013 San Rafael, California Albert Park 1,200[8]
Sonoma Stompers 2014[9] Sonoma, California Arnold Field 1,400[8]
Vallejo Admirals 2013 Vallejo, California Wilson Park 500[8]

Former teams

League timeline

League members Former Team


Season 1st Half Winner 2nd Half Winner League Champion Playoff Game Result
2013 Na Koa Ikaika Maui San Rafael Pacifics Na Koa Ikaika Maui 6–1
2014 San Rafael Pacifics San Rafael Pacifics San Rafael Pacifics[12] none
2015 Sonoma Stompers San Rafael Pacifics San Rafael Pacifics 4–3[13]
2016 Sonoma Stompers Sonoma Stompers Sonoma Stompers none
2017 Sonoma Stompers Vallejo Admirals Vallejo Admirals 11–8[14]
Regular season winner Record Playoff Champion Playoff Result
2018 Sonoma Stompers 57-23 San Rafael Pacifics 6–0[15]
2019 Sonoma Stompers 45-19 San Rafael Pacifics 2-1 (best of three)[16]


Season League MVP Pitcher of the Year Reliever of the Year Rookie of the Year Manager of the Year Executive of the Year
2014 Jayce Ray, Sonoma Patrick Conroy, San Rafael Collin Allen, San Rafael Jordan Hinshaw, Vallejo Garry Templeton II, Vallejo none
2015 Matt Chavez, San Rafael Max Beatty, San Rafael Sean Conroy, Sonoma Mark Hurley, Sonoma Aaron Miles, Pittsburg Mike Shaprio, San Rafael
2016 Joel Carranza, Sonoma[17] Patrick Conroy, San Rafael[18] JR Bunda, San Rafael[19] Marquis Hutchinson, Vallejo[20] Takashi Miyoshi, Sonoma[17] Theo Fightmaster, Sonoma
2017 Tillman Pugh, Vallejo [21] Tyler Garkow, Sonoma [22] Sammy Gervacio, Vallejo [23] Michael Rizzitello, San Rafael[23] PJ Phillips, Vallejo / Takashi Miyoshi, Sonoma [24] Kevin Reilly, Vallejo
2018 Javion Randle, San Rafael Jared Koenig, San Rafael Jacob Cox, Sonoma Kenny Meimerstorf, Sonoma Zack Pace, Sonoma Brett Creamer, Sonoma


Max Beatty, San Rafael Pacifics - Chicago White Sox[25]

Matt Chavez, San Rafael Pacifics - San Diego Padres[26]

Tim Holmes, Vallejo Admirals - New York Yankees[27]

Brian McKenna, Vallejo Admirals - Miami Marlins[28]

Jayce Ray, Sonoma Stompers - Boston Red Sox[29]

Santos Salvidar, Sonoma Stompers - Milwaukee Brewers[30]

Nathan Tomaszewski, Vallejo Admirals - Pittsburgh Pirates[31]

Cole Watts, Sonoma Stompers - Kansas City Royals[32]


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  2. "Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs Announced". Baseball de World. January 14, 2013.
  3. "Hawaii Stars baseball team suspended". West Hawaii Today. March 18, 2014.
  4. "Jonathan Stone Named Pacific Association Commissioner". Ballpark Digest. May 5, 2017.
  5. "New for 2018: Napa Silverados". Ballpark Digest. June 29, 2017.
  6. "Stompers get two new opponents". Sonoma Index-Tribune. February 8, 2018.
  7. "Bay Area independent baseball league's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad offseason continues". The Mercury News. April 5, 2019.
  8. Knight, Graham. "2017 Professional Baseball Ballparks". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  9. "Pacific Association returns in 2014 with new Sonoma team". Ballpark Digest. January 15, 2014.
  10. "Martinez Clippers baseball team defunct after one season; FBI investigates team owners". The Mercury News. March 30, 2019.
  11. "Vallejo Admirals league loses another team". Vallejo Times Herald. April 6, 2019.
  12. "BR Bullpen". Baseball Reference. February 22, 2016.
  13. "San Rafael Pacifics Win 2015 Pacific Association Championship". Independent Baseball. September 2, 2015.
  14. "Vallejo Admirals are 2017 Pacific Association champions!". Vallejo Times-Herald. September 2, 2017.
  15. "San Rafael Pacifics blank Stompers to capture championship". Marin Independent Journal. September 2, 2018.
  16. "Pacifics win Game 3, defend Pacific Association title". Marin Independent Journal. September 1, 2019.
  17. "Latest News". Sonoma Stompers Baseball. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  18. "Pacifics Baseball Club - Patrick Conroy Named Pitcher of the Year". Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  19. "Pacifics Baseball Club - JR Bunda Named Reliever of the Year". Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  20. "Marquis Hutchinson Named Pacific Association 2016 Rookie of the Year | Vallejo Admirals". Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  21. "Pugh Named League MVP | Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  22. "Garkow Named 2017 Pitcher of the Year | Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  23. "Rizzitello, Gervacio receive Rookie of the Year and Reliever of the Year Honors | Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  24. "League Honors Dual Managers of the Year in Miyoshi, Phillips | Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs". Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  25. "Pacifics enjoy thrill ride". San Rafael News Pointer. June 16, 2016.
  26. "Slugging first baseman Matt Chavez signs with San Diego Padres". Marin Independent Journal. August 19, 2015.
  27. "Vallejo Admirals closer Tim Holmes signs with New York Yankees organization". Vallejo Times-Herald. June 17, 2016.
  28. "Freedom's McKenna signs with Marlins; third player plucked from the roster by a MLB team this season". Northern Kentucky Tribune. Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. July 20, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2019.
  29. "Ray Receives Affiliated Opportunity". OurSportsCentral. October 20, 2015.
  30. "Brewers sign Santos Saldivar from Sonoma Stompers". Today's Knuckleball. May 19, 2016.
  31. "Ex-Vallejo Admirals slugger playing in Pirates' organization". Vallejo Times-Herald. May 24, 2014.
  32. "Royals announce signings of early draft picks, but no Bobby Witt Jr (yet)". The Kansas City Star. June 10, 2019. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
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