The 2016 California League schedule was released on Wednesday. Here are some highlights:
The season begins on Thursday, April 7 with the Quakes hosting Lake Elsinore and the 66ers at High Desert. It ends on Labor Day, Sept. 5 with the Quakes hosting Modesto and the 66ers at Lancaster.
The Quakes host Stockton on July 3 and are at the 66ers on the 4th. The Sixers are at High Desert on July 3.
The longest Sixer homestand is 8 games, July 4-July 11. The Quakes don’t have an 8-game homestand, but have 5 seven-game homestands.
It used to be that the league seemed to try and not have the Quakes and Sixers at home at the same time, because that big cut into each other’s attendance. But the trend is going the other way.
This year, the teams were home on the same day 22 times, so conversely they were on both on the road 22 times (All off-days are league-wide). Next year, however, that number grows to 32. They will both be home May 2-5, May 20-23, June 1-3, June 23-26, July 16-19, July 28-31, Aug. 9-Aug. 14, Aug. 23-25. They will both be on the road: May 17-19, May 27-30, June 16-19, June 27-29, July 21-24, Aug. 4-7, Aug. 15-21, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
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66ers shortstop Roberto Baldoquin on his first spring training in U.S. after coming from Cuba
Baldoquin talks about adjustments coming to the U.S. and learning English
Baldoquin on what kind of player he is
Denny Hocking on his team for 2015
Denny Hocking on shortstop Roberto Baldoquin
Denny Hocking on other players he’s excited to have in 2015
Received today, here is the 2015 66ers Opening Day roster, although it can change
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The second-worst team in the California League needs just 1 win in its final two games to make the playoffs.
That’s all the 66ers need Sunday or Monday at Lancaster to guarantee at least a tie for the South Division second half title. And a tie would not require a one-game playoff, but send the Sixers to the best-of-3 first round against Lake Elsinore.
The Quakes have a much longer road. Not only do they need the Sixers to lose their final two games, but they need to make up a one-game deficit to High Desert.
While the Sixers’ second half record is only 35-33, it would be remarkable to make the playoffs after going 25-45 in the first half, and losing their best position player, shortstop Jose Rondon, to Lake Elsinore in a trade.
After Friday’s games, the three-team race for the final South Division playoff spot has gotten tighter with 3 games left.
The 66ers beat Lancaster 12-8, the Quakes beat Lake Elsinore 9-0 and San Jose beat High Desert 12-3.
The 66ers and Lancaster are tied for 1st in the second half race. It’s as simple as this for the 66ers: If they win 2 of the final 3 games against Lancaster, they are in the playoffs. They could still tie for the second half title with LE, but as stated in a previous post, that would be enough to get the Sixers in. There would be no 1-game playoff.
Should the Sixers lose at least 2 of the next 3 games, the last spot would go to High Desert or the Quakes. After Friday’s games, those teams are tied for the last spot.
They COULD have a 1-game playoff. And it would be at High Desert on Tuesday, because HD won the season series, 13-11.
I just had an exchange of e-mails with Matt Blaney from the California League office to clear up the potentially confusing playoff scenario in the Cal League’s South Division w.
So far, Lancaster and Lake Elsinore are in the playoffs, but the 66ers, Quakes and High Desert are still in the running for the division’s last playoff spot, with 4 games remaining, including tonight.
Here’s how it breaks down.
- The 66ers (tied for 2nd with LE, 1 game back of Lancaster), need to win the 2nd half to make the playoffs. BUT, they only need to tie for the 2nd half title. Matt said that if the 66ers tie with Lake Elsinore (they can’t tie with Lancaster, because they are playing Lancaster), for the 2nd half title, there would be NO 1-game playoff, because Lake Elsinore is already in the playoffs. The 66ers would get in and play Lake Elsinore in the first round.
- The Quakes and High Desert can only get in if the 66ers are not involved in the 2nd half title. They WOULD have a 1-game playoff if the 66ers aren’t involved and if the Quakes and HD are tied. HD leads the Quakes by 1 game, with 4 left.
- Here’s who plays who: 66ers at Lancaster, Quakes at Lake Elsinore, San Jose at High Desert.
- In the North Division, it’s between Visalia and San Jose for the last playoff spot, with Visalia leading by 3 games. Bakersfield and Stockton are already in.
It was last week that 66ers manager Denny Hocking managed the California League all-stars to a win over the Carolina League and he enjoyed the event.
“You never know when you’re going to be able to coach one of these again,” said Hocking. “It might’ve been different if I didn’t get to see my family all the time, but I really enjoyed it.”
Hocking managed the team and his coaching staff was his all-star staff) because the 66ers won the league title last year, even though Hocking wasn’t the manager. He is from Southern California and as a result is able to see his family all the time, so the all-star game didn’t keep him from seeing his family for one of the few times all season.
Hocking really liked the camaraderie the team showed.
“The guys really came together. It wasn’t like, a group of Lancaster players over here, Lake Elsinore players over there. They all came together as a team,” he said. “And i got a chance to learn a little bit more about some of the guys in the league.”