Mobile BayBears

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Mobile BayBears
Founded in 1976
Mobile, Alabama
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSouthern League (1976–present)
Major league affiliations
CurrentLos Angeles Angels (2017–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1998
  • 2004*
  • 2011
  • 2012
Division titles (3)
  • 1998
  • 2004
  • 2011
Team data
NicknameMobile BayBears (1997–present)
Previous names
ColorsNavy, light blue, ecru, white
MascotTeddy (2001-present)
Bay B. Bear (1997-present)
Kookie (2001-present)
Rocky Roach (2001-present)
Baybear (1997-2004)
BallparkHank Aaron Stadium (1997–present)
BallCorps LLC / Mobile Professional Baseball, LLC
ManagerSal Fasano
General ManagerKen Clary[1]
"Teddy", mascot of the BayBears

The Mobile BayBears are a Minor League Baseball team based in Mobile, Alabama, United States. The team, which plays in the Southern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. The BayBears play in Hank Aaron Stadium, named after baseball's former all-time home run king and Mobile native Hank Aaron. Opened in 1997, the park seats 6,000 spectators. The BayBears will relocate to Madison, Alabama, in 2020, where they will be called the Rocket City Trash Pandas.[2]


The BayBears franchise originated in 1976 in Charlotte, North Carolina, first as the Charlotte Orioles and then as the first incarnation of the Charlotte Knights. When Charlotte moved up to become a Triple-A franchise in 1993, the team found a temporary home in Nashville, Tennessee, as the Nashville Xpress from 1993 to 1994. It existed as the Port City Roosters in Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1995 to 1996. The franchise landed in Mobile in 1997.

The team's name was announced in July 1996, having been selected in a name-the-team contest.[3] Mobile mayor Mike Dow announced the name at that year's Mobile Fourth of July fireworks display.[4] In September 1996, the BayBears signed an affiliation agreement with the San Diego Padres.[5]

In November 2017, BayBears owners Michael Savit and HWS Group, closed on the sale of the team to BallCorps LLC.[6] The team will continue to play in Mobile through the 2019 season, but will relocate to Madison, Alabama, in 2020, where they will play in a newly-built ballpark.[7][8] Upon relocation, the team will be called the Rocket City Trash Pandas.[2] The name is a reference to both the area's association with the space industry and the determination and ingenuity of raccoons.[2]

Television and radio[edit]

All Mobile BayBears games are televised live on MiLB.TV. The Mobile BayBears Broadcast Network is hosted by Steve Goldberg and is aired on the TUNEIN Radio App.

BayBears Hall of Fame[edit]

Other notable alumni[edit]


Mobile BayBears roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 37 Adrian Almeida
  • 20 Nathan Bates
  • 15 Vicente Campos
  • 30 Griffin Canning
  • -- Tyler Carpenter
  • 32 Jesús Castillo *
  • 28 Ryan Clark
  • 39 Matt Custred
  • 46 Samil De Los Santos
  • -- Arjenis Fernandez ‡
  • 33 Conor Lillis-White
  • 23 Greg Mahle
  •  6 Luis Pena
  • 40 Jeremy Rhoades
  • 13 Jose Rodriguez
  • 26 Jose Suarez


  • 16 Michael Barash
  • 10 Wade Wass



  • 14 Zach Gibbons
  •  8 Brennon Lund
  •  2 Brendon Sanger
  •  3 Bo Way



  • 29 Travis Adair (defensive)
  • -- Jairo Cuevas (pitching)
  • -- Dylan Mazzo (defensive)
  • -- Matt Spring (hitting)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Los Angeles Angels 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated March 16, 2019
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Los Angeles Angels minor league players


  1. ^ "Ken Clary Named New BayBears GM". Ballpark Digest. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Ary, Patrick (September 5, 2018). "Rocket City Trash Pandas chosen as new Madison baseball team's name". WHNT. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "Baseball Notes". Wilmington Star-News. 1996-07-06. p. 2C. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  4. ^ "Baseball". Tuscaloosa News. 1996-07-05. p. 3C. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  5. ^ "New Mobile team links with Padres". Wilmington Star-News. 1996-09-20. p. 2C. Retrieved 2011-03-15.
  6. ^ Stephenson, Creg (November 9, 2017). "Mobile BayBears confirm sale, will play 2018 season at Hank Aaron Stadium". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Reichard, Kevin (January 30, 2018). "New Madison Ballpark Approved; 2020 Opening Planned". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "MiLB Approves Mobile BayBears Move to Madison". Ballpark Digest. May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.

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