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The Visalia Oaks began play in the California League in 1977, replacing the San Jose Bees. They have played the circuit ever since, aside from the 1993 and 1994 seasons, when the club was known as the Central Valley Rockies.

In the Oaks' second season, they captured a league championship, while seven members of their starting lineup scored over 100 runs.

The 1995 club received players from 9 different organizations, notably the Detroit Tigers (5 hitters), St. Louis Cardinals (4 pitchers), and California Angels (4 players). Bobby Bonds Jr. played 109 games, leading the team with 26 SB.

The 1996 club received a major portion of their players (24) from the Detroit Tigers, with help from the Arizona Diamondbacks (10 players). The club received two players from the Minnesota Twins and one from the Baltimore Orioles. Rod Barajas played 27 games and Dave Roberts played 126 leading the team with 131 H, 112 R, 98 BB, and 65 SB. Justin Thompson started one game while Jeremy Hernandez was 2-9, 5.96 ERA.

From 1997 to 2002 the Oakland A's operated 2 Cal League teams, including Visalia. In 2000 Visalia beat the Modesto A's in the playoffs. In 2002 Modesto beat Visalia.

After the 2008 season the Oaks changed their name to the Visalia Rawhide.



[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach
1977 65-75 4th Roy McMillan
1978 97-42 1st Roy McMillan League Champs
1979 86-54 2nd Tom Kelly Lost in 1st round
1980 71-69 6th Tom Kelly Lost League Finals
1981 87-53 1st Dick Phillips Lost League Finals
1982 82-58 3rd Phil Roof Lost League Finals
1983 87-53 1st Harry Warner Lost League Finals
1984 66-74 5th (t) Dave Hilton
1985 66-78 7th Dan Schmitz
1986 75-67 4th (t) Dan Schmitz Lost League Finals
1987 68-74 8th Dan Schmitz
1988 80-62 4th Scott Ullger
1989 76-66 5th Scott Ullger
1990 90-51 1st Scott Ullger Lost in 1st round
1991 58-78 8th Steve Liddle
1992 75-61 3rd Steve Liddle Lost League Finals
1995 58-82 8th (t) Lyle Yates
1996 50-90 9th Tim Torricelli
1997 71-69 5th Tony DeFrancesco Lost in 1st round Greg Sparks
1998 67-73 6th Tony DeFrancesco Lost in 1st round
1999 75-65 4th (t) Juan Navarette Lost in 1st round Dave Joppie
2000 78-62 3rd Juan Navarette Lost League Finals
2001 61-79 8th (t) Juan Navarette
2002 70-71 5th Webster Garrison Lost in 1st round Juan Dilone
2003 79-61 1st Stu Cole Lost in 2nd round
2004 56-84 9th Stu Cole Glenallen Hill
2005 55-85 10th Steve Livesey Marty DeMerritt
2006 75-65 2nd Joe Szekely Lost League Finals Manny Castillo Marty DeMerritt
2007 77-63 2nd Hector de la Cruz Lost in 1st round Jay Gainer Jeff Pico
2008 67-72 7th Mike Bell Rick Burleson Wellington Cepeda



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