The San Rafael Pacifics will play 42 regular season home games in 2013, officials announced last week with the release of the minor league baseball team’s season schedule.
It will be the second year San Rafael is host to professional baseball, but this year the team is in a new league – The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.
Pacific Association officials have come to an agreement with the Arizona-based Freedom Pro League to create inter-league play during the season. The Freedom League features four teams that would compete against the four clubs in California and Hawaii. This year the team will play the four Freedom Pro League teams as well as teams from Santa Rosa and the East Bay.
Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro said in a release that the Albert Park ballpark now has new seating options. The additions include the Dugout Club, where fans can sit next to players, and the new “Williamson’s Living Room,” where fans can watch the game from recliner chairs ad couches.
Special Pacifics dates to note:
- The Pacifics will host Vallejo in their home opener on June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- The League Championship series is set for Aug. 26-28 at Albert Park.
Full season passes are available for every seating area in the park except for the new “living room,” and the passes include benefits such as selecting your own seat, working out with the Pacifics during spring training and an invitation to the June. 10 opening night Mini of Marin Ball.
Officials with the Pacifics also announced a new “Flex Plan,” which allows fans to buy certificates redeemable for $1 off per ticket for any 2013 home game in any section.
In November 2012, the San Rafael City Council unanimously agreed to extend the Pacifics’ contract to play at Albert Field through 2015.
At the end of January, officials also announced the Pacifics new manager, James Frisbie. Frisbie, 40, spent three seasons in the Texas Louisiana League before starting his coaching career in 2002 as the pitching coach for the Rio Grande Valley White Wings of the independent Central Baseball League. He served as the White Wing's field manager the following season. He is a Kent, Washington native.
Former Redwood High School baseball coach Stefan Wever was also brought on board to serve as San Rafael Pacific’s bench coach in 2013. The former New York Yankee prospect has recently battled health issues, according to Pacifics officials.
Mike Marshall, the 2012 Pacifics manager, is now commissioner of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs. He will oversee operations of the independent league.
The Pacifics signed two new players, former Sonoma County Grape, Ross Pomerantz, and left-hander Nathan King, after an open tryout in Fairfield on Jan. 26.
Pomerantz, an Occidental College graduate, was invited to the Pacifics spring training camp in 2012, before ultimately being sent to Sonoma.
King, 23, last appeared in 2010 with North Carolina State. The Vancouver, Washington, resident appeared in 19 games in relief for the Wolfpack. Prior to NC State, he pitched at Lower Columbia college.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Pacifics website.