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The Pittsburg Diamonds are an independent professional baseball team based in Pittsburg, California. Originally named the Pittsburg Mettle, the club changed their name to the Diamonds in 2015.[1]

Pittsburg Diamonds
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Information
LeaguePacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs
LocationPittsburg, California
BallparkMichael V. Valle Stadium
Year founded2013
Former name(s)Pittsburg Mettle
ColorsBlack, orange, white
              
OwnershipKhurram Shah
ManagerAaron Miles
Websitediamondsproball.com

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HistoryEdit

The Pittsburg Mettle began play as a member of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs in 2014. The club rebranded after Khurram Shah, a local businessman, took over for the 2015 season during which the team made news signing former Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco for two separate weekend stints.[2][3] Pittsburg is managed by former Major League Baseball professional Aaron Miles, who was a part of the 2006 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.[4]

In 2016 the Diamonds again signed Canseco, this time to a month-long contract to finish the regular season.[5][6] Canseco would collect two RBI in 14 plate appearances in addition to making three starts as a pitcher.

The club announced before the 2019 season that it would take a one-year hiatus with plans to return in 2020.

RosterEdit

Pittsburg Diamonds roster
Active roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 14 Sam Agnew-Wieland
  •  9 Nicholas Barnese
  • 36 Travis Blackley
  •  3 Jordan Brink
  • 30 Dakota Freese
  • 35 Cam Hatch
  • 17 Sean Johnson
  • 23 Alex Leach
  • 22 Corey MacDonald
  • 10 Brett Solano
  • 16 Cain Spangler
  • 21 Tyler Stirewalt



 

Catchers

  • 26 Gabriel Bracamonte
  • 32 Stephen Haviar

Infielders

  • 15 Morgan Blatnik
  • 18 Cosimo Cannella
  •  7 Joel Carranza
  •  1 Jose Garcia
  • 29 Ryan Lashley
  •  2 Rafael Valera
  •  8 Yuki Yasuda

Outfielders

  •  6 Brett Smith
  • 13 Wes Wallace
 

Manager

Coaches

  • Jay Almendral (Hitting)
  • Roland Nazzar (First Base Coach)
  • Bruce Brown (Bullpen Coach)

  Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated July 28, 2018
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Season-by-seasonEdit

Year Wins Loses Result Playoffs
2014 22 56 4th of 4 Did not qualify
2015 38 39 3rd of 4 Did not qualify
2016 36 42 3rd of 4 Did not qualify
2017 36 42 2nd of 4 Did not qualify
2018 36 44 4th of 6 Lost semifinal game vs Sonoma Stompers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pittsburg Diamonds: Bringing new sparkle to East County baseball". The Mercury News. 30 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Jose Canseco Playing Ball Again in the Bay Area, For Independent League Pittsburg Diamonds". NBC Bay Area. 23 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Jose Canseco will return to play for Pittsburg Diamonds". Vallejo Times-Herald. 8 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Pittsburg Diamonds polishing up for second season". East Bay Times. 20 May 2016.
  5. ^ "'Bash Brother' Canseco joins Pittsburg Diamonds for season". The Mercury News. 4 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Former A's superstar Jose Canseco returns to Bay Area play". KTVU. 4 August 2016.

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