HISTORY OF THE MAVERICKS
The High Desert Mavericks Professional Baseball Club was born in 1991 when the Brett Brothers (Bobby, George, Ken, and John) moved the Riverside Red Wave north to the city of Adelanto in the middle of the Mojave Desert.
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Mavericks Stadium, a city-owned $6.5 million dollar facility, opened on April 23, 1991. The brilliant green of the perfectly-groomed baseball diamond sharply contrasts the surrounding miles of desert sage, sandy brush, and Joshua trees.
Fan support in the High Desert was a Minor League success story in their first year. In 1991, the Mavericks became the first team in the California League to draw over 200,000 fans in one season. In 1996, the Mavericks drew their one-millionth fan, becoming one of the fastest teams to reach that milestone.
The Mavericks have achieved success on the field as well, winning three California League Titles. In their inaugural season in 1991, the Mavericks took home the Cal-League Championship as a San Diego Padres affiliate, led by league MVP and former Milwaukee Brewer, Matt Mieske.
The Mavericks also won the title in 1993 as a Florida Marlins affiliate, and as an Arizona Diamondback affiliate in 1997. The 1997 club was led to the title by league MVP Mike Stoner and baseball's top prospect Travis Lee. It marked the first championship for the entire Diamondback organization and the third in seven years for the High Desert Mavericks.
In 2001, the Mavericks and Milwaukee Brewers signed a two-year agreement. In their first year with the Brewers, the Mavs upended the San Bernardino Stampede in the first round to reach the Southern Division Finals, before finally succumbing to the Lake Elsinore Storm.
In 2002, the Mavs saw 11 players get promoted to the AA Huntsville Stars and as a result, had a tough second half to finish the year at 60-80.
In August of 2002, the Mavericks and Brewers resigned their Player Development Agreement for an additional two years, marking the first time the Mavs have ever renewed with a Major League Club.
2003 was the toughest season in franchise history as the Mavs recorded just 42 wins, and missed the playoffs for a second straight season.
2004 saw the Mavericks struggles continue and also saw the end of the line with the Milwaukee Brewers affiliation. After posting another sub-par season with just 49 wins the Mavericks front office decided it was time to look elsewhere for an affiliate.
As many of you know 2004 was an incredible year in the world of baseball seeing the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918. This on field performance might have a silver lining for the Mavs as the Wilmington Blue Rocks chose to go with the World Series Champs as an affiliate despite compiling the best record in minor league baseball while affiliated with the Kansas City Royals.
The Mavericks immediately recognized the opportunity of bringing the Royals to the Desert and were lucky enough to succeed in doing so. The Brett Sports Relationship with the Royals went back to George Brett's days with the Royals, and the Mavs made the playoffs both years of the affiliation with Kansas City.
After two successful years as a Royals affiliate that saw the Mavs make the playoffs in both 2005 and 2006, the Seattle Mariners began their stay in the High Desert in 2007. The first year was a rough one as the Mavs posted a 54-86 record. However there were several phenomenal individual performances. Both Adam Moore and Jesus Guzman eclipsed the 100 RBI plateau. Chris Tillman, a 19-year-old phenom, was the staff ace and was named the Mariners Organizational Pitcher of the Year.
2008 didn't bring many more wins as the Mavs finished 58-82. The team had a flair for the dramatic, and led the league with six wins when trailing after eight innings. At home the Mavs were tough to beat and had a total of 10 thrilling walk-off wins, including a four-run bottom of the ninth rally in front of a packed house on July 3 against Lancaster.
The 2009 season was one of the best ever for the High Desert Mavericks. Please check out this story from our Broadcaster, Alex Freedman, for a complete wrap-up: Click Here for the Article.
2010 kept a steady pace, adding another playoff season to the Mavericks history books after clinching the wild card spot. The playoff berth was short lived, however, after Rancho Cucamonga took the mini-series 2-0 ending the Mavericks run. They recorded a 75-65 record (third best).
Fast forward to 2012, the Mavericks tied yet again their second best overall record posted since their 1997 Cal League Championship (Arizona) and 2009 season. The Mavericks won both the first and second half in the South Division. The Mavericks took on desert rival, the Lancaster JetHawks, in the Cal League South Division Finals, but fell to the JetHawks 3-1.
The 2013 and 2014 seasons were both seasons finishing below .500 as well as consecutive seasons without making playoffs.
In 2015, the High Desert Mavericks entered into a two-year player development agreement with the Texas Rangers after being affiliated with Seattle for the previous eight seasons. 2015 revitalized the Mavericks legacy of success. The 2015 Mavericks were the 2015 Second Half California League South Division Champions and posted a record of 78-62 record (tied for first with Rancho Cucamonga). The Mavericks had their first playoff berth since 2012, overtaking the Lancaster JetHawks in the mini-series 2-1. In the California League South Division Finals, the Mavericks took on the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (first-half south division champions), and lost a devastating Game 5 after a late ninth-inning rally by the Quakes to take the game 6-5 and eventually become the 2015 Cal League Champions after defeating San Jose 3-0. 2015 was the best season for the Mavericks since 1997.
Year Record MLB Affiliate 1991 - 73-63 San Diego Padres * 1992 - 71-65 San Diego Padres 1993 - 85-52 Florida Marlins * 1994 - 45-91 Co-Op (No MLB affiliate) 1995 - 46-94 Baltimore Orioles 1996 - 76-64 Baltimore Orioles 1997 - 83-57 Arizona Diamondbacks * 1998 - 82-58 Arizona Diamondbacks 1999 - 68-73 Arizona Diamondbacks 2000 - 48-92 Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 - 71-69 Milwaukee Brewers 2002 - 60-80 Milwaukee Brewers 2003 - 42-98 Milwaukee Brewers 2004 - 49-91 Milwaukee Brewers 2005 - 77-62 Kansas City Royals 2006 - 73-67 Kansas City Royals 2007 - 54-86 Seattle Mariners 2008 - 58-82 Seattle Mariners 2009 - 83-57 Seattle Mariners 2010 - 75-65 Seattle Mariners
2011 - 59-81 Seattle Mariners
2012 - 83-57 Seattle Mariners
2013 - 64-76 Seattle Mariners
2014 - 66-74 Seattle Mariners
2015 - 78-62 Texas Rangers
* Won California League Title