San Rafael Pacifics History
In 2012, the San Rafael Pacifics — an independent minor league team — became the first professional baseball team in the history of Marin County. Playing in the North American Baseball League, the Pacifics enjoyed their inaugural season playing at historic Albert Park.
The Pacifics — led by their first manager in team history, Mike Marshall — marched to a 34-26 record, finishing with a first place finish and a North American League Championship. The team beat Maui Na Koa Ikaika in a dramatic three-game championship series August 24 - 26, to capture their first championship in just their first year of existence. The Pacifics' season was highlighted by Steve Detwiler's two home runs on Opening Night, June 4, 2012. Right fielder — and 2012 NAL MVP — Maikel Jova amassed a 47-game hit streak, setting a minor league record. Maui's Eri Yoshida became the first female professional pitcher to take the mound at Albert Park, and Bill "Spaceman" Lee signed with San Rafael and broke his own record as the oldest professional pitcher to win a game, by throwing a complete game victory over Maui on August 23, 2012.
In 2013, the Pacifics joined the first-year Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs, and will compete against Maui, Hilo, and first-year Vallejo in their second season. Former San Rafael manager, Mike Marshall, was named Commissioner of the league in December of 2012. The Vallejo Admirals will begin their first season in team history, as they joined as the fourth member of the league in February of 2013. The Pacific Association announced that they will compete in inter-league play with the Arizona-based Freedom Pro League during the 2013 regular season.
We invite you to come out to ballpark this season and in the years to come and help us continue to write the history of the San Rafael Pacifics.