The Salt Lake Bees are a Pacific Coast League (PCL) minor league baseball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bees serve as the Class AAA affiliate of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. They play their home games at Franklin Covey Field, which was opened in 1994 and seats 15,500 fans. The current franchise dates from 1994, when Joe Buzas, owner of the PCL Portland Beavers, moved the team to Salt Lake City.
Known as the Salt Lake Buzz from 1994-2001, the team changed its name to the Salt Lake Stingers in 2002, the change forced by a trademark dilution lawsuit filed by Georgia Tech, whose Yellow Jacket mascot is named Buzz. Later that year, the Angels won the 2002 World Series and made history in game 7 when rookie pitcher John Lackey, called up from the Stingers earlier in the year, pitched and won the game. He became the first rookie to do so in nearly 100 years.
On October 27, 2005, the team announced the Stingers would henceforth be known as the Salt Lake Bees, the name of the original PCL franchise which played in Salt Lake City from 1915-1926. The official press release read, in part: "Owner, Larry H. Miller, announced today that the Salt Lake Stingers have officially changed the teams name to the Salt Lake Bees. The new logo, colors and uniforms were also unveiled. The change brings Salt Lake baseball back to its original franchise name and look when the state's first Pacific Coast League team was named the Bees in 1915."
The team was owned by former major league player Joe Buzas until his death in 2003. It is now owned by Larry H. Miller, who also owns the NBA Utah Jazz.
Pacific Coast League (1994-present)
- Pacific Conference - North Division
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2001-present)
Minnesota Twins (1994-2000)
Salt Lake Bees (2006-present)
Salt Lake Stingers (2002-2005)
Salt Lake Buzz (1994-2001)
Franklin Covey Field (1994-present)
Bonneville Park Team history
Current roster (as of May 9, 2007)
Ervin Santana Pitchers
Jeff Mathis Outfielders
Pitching Coach-Charles Nagy
Jim Eppard - Hitting Coach
Armando Rivas - Trainer
Mike Bolduc - Strength and Conditioning