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Ventura County Gulls

Ventura County Gulls
19861986
Ventura, CA
Class-level
Previous High-A
Minor league affiliations
League California League
Division Southern Division
Major league affiliations
Previous Toronto Blue Jays (1986)
Minor league titles
League titles None
Division titles None
Team data
Previous names
  • Ventura County Gulls (1986)
  • Lodi Crushers (1984; 1966-1969)
  • Lodi Dodgers (1976-1983)
  • Lodi Orioles (1974-1975)
  • Lodi Lions (1973)
  • Lodi Orions (1972)
  • Lodi Padres (1970-1971)
Previous parks

The Ventura County Gulls were a minor league baseball team in Ventura, California. They were a high-A class team that played in the California League, and were a farm team of the Toronto Blue Jays for the franchise’s only year as the Gulls. They played all of their home games at the baseball field at Ventura College. In spite of the fact that the Gulls’ roster featured 14 future major league baseball players in their lone year, Ventura County did not make the playoffs; instead, they lost a tiebreaker to the Visalia Oaks.[1] Coupled with the poor attendance mark by the Gulls, this proved too much to bear for the struggling franchise. Prior to the 1987 season, the Ventura County Gulls were sold and moved to San Bernardino, California, where the franchise became the San Bernardino Spirit.

List of Ventura County Gulls players in the MLB

Year-by-year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1986 75-67 4th (t) Glenn Ezell

Notes of Interest

  • Due to a lack of lights at Ventura College’s baseball stadium, the Gulls were one of the few minor league teams (if not the only team) in the nation to have every home game played in the afternoon. This major restriction put Ventura County last in the California League in attendance (with 38,818) [2] and was the main reason why the Gulls stayed in Ventura for only one year.

References

  1. ^ 1986 California League Review - The Baseball Cube
  2. ^ Ventura County Gulls - BR Bullpen