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In 1995 the Blaze received players from the Cleveland Indians (12 players), Kansas City Royals (2), Los Angeles Dodgers (24), and San Diego Padres (1). In 1996 they received players from 11 different teams. The 1996 team, managed by former Yankee great Graig Nettles, set a Cal League record by losing their final 22 games of the season, finishing dead last at 39-101. Baseball America named the '96 Blaze "The worst minor league baseball team for the decade of the 1990's". From 1997 to 2000 the San Francisco Giants had two high-A affiliates, the Blaze and the San Jose Giants.

In the summer of 2004, the Blaze were bought out by owners of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Lake Elsinore Storm and Lancaster JetHawks. This was in response that Bakersfield could lose their franchise, unless if major improvements were made to the stadium. Fortunately, the next year, the Blaze underwent a complete makeover, and Sam Lynn Ballpark was voted best ballpark in the minor leagues in 2005.

On July 17th, 2007, Chris Davis tied a 15 year-old California League record by hitting in 35 consecutive games against the Stockton Ports in Stockton, California. The streak ended the next day. He shares the record with Brent Gates, from the 1992 Modesto A's.


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
1995 58-82 8th (t) Greg Mahlberg
1996 39-101 10th Graig Nettles
1997 62-78 8th Glenn Tufts (33-43) / Keith Bodie (29-35)
1998 49-91 10th Frank Reberger
1999 64-76 7th Keith Comstock Bert Bradley
2000 80-60 2nd Lenn Sakata Lost in 1st round
2001 71-69 5th (t) Charlie Montoyo Lost in 2nd round* Marty DeMerritt
2002 69-72 6th (t) Charlie Montoyo Marty DeMerritt
2003 70-70 8th Omer Munoz Ramon Ortiz Marty DeMerritt
2004 59-81 8th Mako Oliveras Ramon Ortiz
2005 68-72 7th Arnie Beyeler David Chavarria
2006 58-82 10th Carlos Subero David Chavarria
2007 57-83 9th Carlos Subero
2008 62-78 9th Damon Berryhill David Chavarria
2009 75-65 3rd (t) Steve Buechele Lost in 2nd round David Chavarria
2010 67-73 8th Bill Haselman Jason Wood David Chavarria
2011 66-74 7th Ken Griffey Sr. Tony Jaramillo Rigo Beltran
2012 72-68 5th Ken Griffey Sr. Lost in 2nd round Eli Marrero Rigo Beltran
2013 55-85 10th Ken Griffey Sr. Ray Martinez Rigo Beltran
2014 Pat Kelly Ray Martinez Tom Browning

* San Jose led Bakersfield 2 games to 1 in the best-of-5 series when the playoffs were canceled due to the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.

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