Monday, May 21, 2018

Pittsburg Diamonds begin exhibition schedule

Spring has arrived in Contra Costa County and so has Pittsburg Diamonds baseball. 2018 marks the fifth season for the Diamonds as a member of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.

Former MLB infielder Aaron Miles returns as manager with hopes of a league championship.

The regular season begins on May 31. With the addition of two expansion teams (Martinez Clippers and Napa Silverados) teams will play an 80-game schedule.

Pittsburg will travel on opening day to face the defending league champion Vallejo Admirals in a two-game set. The home opener is scheduled for June 2 against the Sonoma Stompers. First pitch at Winter Chevrolet Stadium at 5:05 PM.

Exhibition schedule

Tuesday, May 22 vs Black Sox, 11 AM at Los Medanos College

Wednesday, May 23 vs San Rafael Pacifics, 11 AM at Los Medanos College

Wednesday, May 23 vs Black Sox, 2 PM at Los Medanos College

Thursday, May 24 vs San Rafael Pacifics, 11 AM at Los Medanos College

Friday, May 25 at Martinez Clippers, TBA at Alhambra High School

Saturday, May 26 vs Napa Silverados, 11 AM at Los Medanos College

Sunday, May 27 at Vallejo Admirals, TBA

Monday, May 28 at East Bay Lumberjacks, 7 PM at San Leandro

Tuesday, May 29 at Napa Silverados, 6 PM

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Pacific Association prepares for sixth season

May 31 marks the beginning of the 2018 season for the Pacific Association and the hometown Pittsburg Diamonds. While anticipation builds for the sixth season of Diamonds baseball, the club hosted the league owners to discuss expectations for the upcoming year.

Pittsburg hosted the Pacific Association preseason meeting on May 16

“I’d like to see us be a well-established league that players want to come to,” Pacific Association Commissioner Jonathon Stone said. “We run remarkably similar to the major leagues. We are trying to keep the league competitive. We want to get the best players we can get,” added Stone. "We are only scratching the surface."

In regards to the 2018 season, the Pacific Association will welcome two new teams this season with the Martinez Clippers and Napa Silverados, bringing the league’s total to six. The additions have added excitement and even sparked a new local rivalry.

“The two new teams (Martinez and Napa) are great for the league. We now have a local rivalry with Martinez which adds intensity for the fans and our team,” said Pittsburg Diamonds owner Khurram Shah.

Although the Pittsburg-Martinez rivalry won’t officially begin until June 26. The hometown Diamonds will host the expansion Silverados a couple weeks earlier on June 9.

Silverados owner Bruce Johnstone has high hopes for this season saying, “Our goal on the field is to have a very competitive team and to win the league championship in our first year. Nothing less will do. We also want to showcase our players and their abilities so they have the greatest chance to move into affiliated baseball.”

Johnston also desires to provide a family friendly environment. “Our goal is to create a terrific fan experience, from ease of access to the ballpark, to their experience in the parking lot before the game, and certainly to the action on the field.”

With two new teams set to make their debut this season, Shah has his own goals in mind. “On the field, the goal is to always win a championship. Off the field, from a business standpoint is to get our attendance up and provide a great experience for our fans.”

The Diamonds will open the season with a two-game series in Vallejo against the defending champion Admirals starting May 31. The team will then travel back to Pittsburg for their home opener on June 2 against the Sonoma Stompers.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Diamonds to honor veterans July 4

Saying they want to express their extreme appreciation, the Pittsburg Diamonds announced that all veterans will be welcomed to the 4th of July game free of charge as part of a salute to the Armed Forces.

The Diamonds are encouraging veterans to wear all or part of their old military uniforms to the game to enhance the Armed Forces Night atmosphere.

“We can never really fully thank our veterans for putting their lives on the line to protect our freedom,” said Diamonds owner Khurram Shah, “but we do want to give a small thank you by welcoming them for no charge on Independence Day.”

The game against the Martinez Clippers will is set for 6 p.m. at Winter Chevrolet Stadium in Pittsburg City Park.

The Diamonds are part of the independent minor league Pacific Association. More information is available at www.DiamondsProBall.com.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Diamonds select five in league draft

2018 Pittsburg Diamonds draftees

On April 21 the Pacific Association held its annual open tryout and draft. All six league member clubs drafted players who were there ready to showcase their skills.

Pittsburg Diamonds were no exception drafting five players, which included three pitchers:

1) Nicholas Barnese, RHP - Simi Valley, CA

  • 2007 MLB Draft - 3rd Round by Tampa Bay Rays
  • Played six seasons with the Rays organization (2007-2012)
  • Last played for the St. Paul Saints (2014) compiling a 6-9 record, 3.85 ERA
2) Marc-Richard Culmer, OF - Nassau, Bahamas
3) Jerome Hill II, OF - Pittsburg, CA
  • Pittsburg HS graduate
  • Los Medonos College (2014-2015) Bay Valley All-Conference 1st Team in 2015
  • Dixie State (2016-2017) 36 AB .389 avg.
4) Danny Moskovits, RHP - Newport Beach, CA
  • Harvard (2011-2014)
  • Two+ seasons (2014-2016) in the Can-Am League
  • Last played with Laredo (American Association) in 2016
5) Alex Leach, RHP - Modesto, CA
The 2018 Pacific Association regular season gets underway on May 31.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Pacific Association Tryout and Draft information


The 2018 Pacific Association Tryout and Draft is scheduled for April 21 at Albert Park in San Rafael. All six league teams will be present and a league-wide draft will follow the event.

Players can register now here

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Diamonds season finale on Thursday in Pittsburg


The Pittsburg Diamonds close another Pacific Association season on Thursday facing the Sonoma Stompers. Game time at Winter Chevrolet Stadium is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

The game will be important for the Stompers, who won the league first half title. Sonoma is presently tied with the Vallejo Admirals in the chase of the second half pennant. Vallejo is trying to force a playoff for the league championship.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Diamonds swept at red-hot Vallejo

Gerald Bautista hit a three-run home run against his former team, but it wasn't enough as the Diamonds dropped their third-straight to Vallejo last night 8-5. It was the final matchup between the teams this season with Pittsburg ending the season series at 14-13.

It was the 12th homer of the season for Bautista who already has a career-high 39 RBI. The sure-handed infielder also has posted a career best 48 runs scored, 14 doubles and 26 walks.

The victory moved Vallejo (20-13) into first place in the chase for the second half title, one game ahead of Sonoma. The Admirals host the Stompers this weekend with much on the line. With just six games remaining in the regular season Pittsburg (15-18) is five games back.

The Diamonds begin a three game weekend series at San Rafael tonight before closing the season at home next week.