Stockton Mudville Nine

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The Stockton entry in the California League was known as the Stockton Ports from 1979-1999 (and previously from 1946-1972) except for 1984, when the name used was the Stockton Mudville Nine. The Mudville Nine were a Milwaukee Brewers farm club and went 64-75 overall under the guidance of three different managers, Tim Nordbrook, Mike Pazik and Andy Etchebarren. They drew 97,005 fans, second in the league behind the Bakersfield Dodgers. Outscored 742-646, they allowed the second-highest run total in the California League. The only All-Star was DH-OF Glenn Braggs, the league MVP - Glenn hit .296/~.401/.491 with 15 homers, 86 RBI and 9 steals in 10 tries but did not lead the league in anything, though he nearly caught leader Mike Aldrete (.492) in slugging. Jay Aldrich (11-14, 8 Sv, 2.90) had the lowest ERA on the team but tied for the league lead in losses - a pretty rare feat for someone who pitched solely out of the bullpen (54 appearances). Juan Nieves (10-3, 3.54) had the best winning percentage.

The name "Mudville Nine" is a reference to the famous 19th century poem "Casey at the Bat", which local lore claims was set in Stockton (although there is no mention of where the mythologized game is played, the team in question being only referred to as the "Mudville Nine").

Source: 1985 Baseball Guide

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1984 64-75 8th Tim Nordbrook / Mike Pazik / Andy Etchebarren