Rancho Cucamonga Quakes

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Team History[edit]

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, of the California League and briefly in Low-A West, became a minor league fixture inside Los Angeles MLB protected territory long before actually joining an LA farm system. The Los Angeles Dodgers farmhands play their home games at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

The California League had played only two seasons when World War II stopped most of Organized Baseball. The circuit had begun with four teams in 1942 but resumed play in 1946 with eight. One of the newbies, the Visalia Cubs, played in the Gateway to the Sequoias for 17 years, then moved west to Salinas, CA. After the 1964 season, the Modesto Colts folded; to balance the league, the Reno Silver Sox sat out 1965. The Salinas franchise complicated things by folding after that season - just its third there. The league moved to avoid falling back to four teams by reactivating Reno, reviving Modesto and selling the Salinas franchise to a group from Lodi, CA, for just $2,500.

The franchise's resulting move north led to another period of stability - 19 seasons starting and ending as the Lodi Crushers but with several other nicknames along the way. In 1984, they joined the Chicago Cubs - but lost them the very next year when Chicago consolidated its farm clubs east of the Mississippi River. "Inactive" in 1985, the franchise was then sold and moved to Ventura County, CA.

The move to Southern California was initially unsuccessful. Unable to get a suitable stadium, the club played 1986 at a college ballpark when an ownership group that included actor Mark Harmon bought and moved it, becoming the San Bernardino Spirit in 1987. When the Spirit franchise moved to Rancho to become the Quakes, none other than the Salinas Spurs stepped into the Berdoo and took over the Spirit brand.

The Quakes began play as such in 1993 following the county's decision to build a new ballpark - originally called The Epicenter - lured the club over to Rancho from the Berdoo. Its affiliation switched from the Seattle Mariners to the San Diego Padres. The Quakes moved under the Anaheim Angels in 2001 and finally joined the Dodgers in 2011.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Quakes, and most of the California League, one level.

The Quakes' early years in their then state-of-the-art (for the minors) stadium fostered impressive attendance. Barely halfway into their debut campaign, they smashed their circuit's seasonal attendance record just a year after it had been set - ultimately raising it from 218,444 to 331,005. In 1995, the Quakes began a run of three straight seasons above 400,000 - dizzying heights against previous Cali attendance. The 7,099 reported at one 1995 game will likely never be matched or broken, as later renovations reduced the ballpark's fan capacity.

The Quakes play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Temblores de Rancho Cucamonga (Rancho Cucamonga Tremors - as in seismic tremors).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1993 64-72 6th Keith Champion Bruce Tanner
1994 77-59 3rd Tim Flannery League Champs Dean Treanor
1995 68-70 7th Marty Barrett Dave Smith
1996 69-71 8th Mike Basso Lost in 1st round Dan Norman Saul Soltero
1997 77-63 2nd Mike Basso Lost in 2nd round Dave Smith
1998 77-63 4th (t) Mike Basso Lost League Finals Darrel Akerfelds
1999 76-64 3rd Tom LeVasseur Lost in 2nd round Darrel Akerfelds
2000 61-79 8th Tom LeVasseur Eric Bullock Mike Harkey
2001 63-77 7th Tim Wallach Bob Pate Kernan Ronan
2002 52-88 10th Bobby Meacham Damon Berryhill Zeke Zimmerman
2003 74-66 5th Bobby Meacham Lost in 2nd round Todd Takayoshi Zeke Zimmerman
2004 69-71 6th Bobby Meacham Lost in 1st round James Rowson Keith Comstock
2005 62-77 8th Tyrone Boykin James Rowson Erik Bennett
2006 63-77 9th Bobby Mitchell Craig Grebeck Erik Bennett
2007 69-71 7th Bobby Mitchell Craig Grebeck Ken Patterson
2008 67-74 8th Ever Magallanes Francisco Matos Dan Ricabal
2009 61-79 7th (t) Keith Johnson Lost in 2nd round Damon Mashore Dan Ricabal
2010 78-62 2nd Keith Johnson Lost League Finals Damon Mashore Dan Ricabal
2011 80-60 2nd Juan Bustabad Lost in 2nd round Michael Boughton Hector Berrios
2012 68-72 7th Juan Bustabad Michael Boughton Matt Herges
2013 65-75 7th Carlos Subero Lost in 1st round Johnny Washington Matt Herges
2014 65-75 8th P.J. Forbes Mike Eylward Matt Herges
2015 78-62 2nd(t) Bill Haselman League Champs Mike Eylward Bill Simas Rafael Ozuna
2016 79-61 3rd Drew Saylor Jay Gibbons Kip Wells Rafael Ozuna
2017 79-64 2nd Drew Saylor Lost in 1st round Jay Gibbons Kip Wells Rafael Ozuna
2018 87-53 1st Drew Saylor League Champs Justin Viele Connor McGuiness Pedro Montero
2019 81-57 2nd Mark Kertenian Lost in 1st round Dustin Kelly Connor McGuiness Elian Herrera
2020 Season cancelled
2021 67-53 3rd John Shoemaker Dylan Nasiatka Ramon Troncoso, Stephanos Stroop Johan Garcia
2022 John Shoemaker O'Koyea Dickson Ramon Troncoso, Durin O'Linger Daniel Nava

External Link[edit]

The Official Site of the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes