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New for 2011: Amarillo Sox

American AssociationWe have a name for the new Amarillo team in the independent American Association: the Amarillo Sox, as management goes with a name that evokes the Amarillo Gold Sox while not infringing on a trademark held by the city of Marysville.

As you’ll recall, ownership had originally announced Gold Sox before the owners of the summer-collegiate Marysville Gold Sox put a halt to that, saying the city had trademarked the name when the team played in the independent Western League. By adopting the Sox name — and coming up with a logo heavy on gold, natch — GM Mark Lee can have it both ways.

The team also announced a manager: John Harris, who spent two seasons (2006-2007) in the American Association as manager of the Coastal Bend Aviators. He spent five seasons as manager in the Central League including a league championship run with the San Angelo Colts in 2005.

A three-time All-American at Lubbock Christian University, Harris was drafted in the 29th round by the California Angels and played professionally for nine years, spending three years in the major leagues with the Angels from 1979 to 1981. He played first base and outfield, hitting five home runs in 56 career major league games.

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