Baseball is returning to Adelanto and Bakersfield for the 2017 season, as the independent Pecos League has announced plans to place clubs in both cities.
Adelanto and Bakersfield and their respective ballparks, Stater Bros. Stadium and Sam Lynn Ballpark, both lost affiliated teams in recent months. The High Desert Mavericks and Bakersfield Blaze both ceased operations after the 2016 season, decisions that were made to facilitate the realignment of two California League teams to the Carolina League.
In Adelanto, it will be the High Desert YardBirds (logo shown above) taking the place of the Mavericks. “We are excited to play the 2017 season in High Desert, I believe it will fit perfectly with the other cities in the league,” Pecos League commissioner and owner Andrew Dunn said in a statement. “We look forward to working with SBC Fairgrounds and the City of Adelanto. Adelanto Stadium will continue our mission to upgrade facilities in our league.”
“I visited the stadium in Adelanto on Tuesday and it will be great,” said Pecos League field manager Bill Moore. “The Fairgrounds guys/team are already working on it to get ready for the 2017 season.”
Meanwhile, the Topeka Train Robbers will relocate to Bakersfield and keep their current moniker. The league announced the move on Thursday. “The Pecos League will is proud to have the Train Robbers play in Bakersfield for the 2017 season,” Dunn said in a statement.
Fittingly, the two teams are slated to face each other in the Train Robbers’ opener at Sam Lynn Ballpark. That game is scheduled for May 26.