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Houston Oilers
Founded in 1991
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Team logo

Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Metropolitan League
Division East (1991-1994, 2018-Present)

West (1995-2017)

Team Info
Name Houston Oilers

Previous names St. Petersburg Admirals (2018-2022)

Anchorage Aces (2017) San Diego Seagulls (1991-2016)

Previous locations St. Petersburg, Florida (2018-2022)

Anchorage, Alaska (2017) San Diego, California (1991-2016)

Colors Dark Blue, brown, white

              

Owner Gary Brett, Jr.

General manager Brandon Popper
Ballpark
Ballpark ExxonMobil Oil Field (2023-)
Former The Burg (2018-2022)

Mountain Range (2017) (San Diego Stadium) (1995-2016) Shayne Hall Field (1991-1994)

Titles
Bull Cup championships (1) 2019
League pennants (3) 2002, 2018, 2019
Division titles (6) AEL West - 1999, 2002, 2016

AEL/ML East - 2018, 2019, 2020



The Houston Oilers are an American professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas. The team competes in the Bull League playing in the Metropolitan League (ML) East division. They play their home games at Cowboy Stadium. The general manager & field manager of the team is Brandon Popper.

The team was founded in 1991 as the San Diego Seagulls, and placed in the former American Eagle League (AEL) East, although the city is located on the Pacific coast, and thus further west than some of the AEL West teams at that time. They were moved to the AEL West in the 1995 reorganization of the Bull League. In December, 2016, the team was relocated to Anchorage and renamed to the Aces.[1] Then, in early 2018, the team relocated to Florida and became the St. Petersburg Admirals. Following the 2022 season, the team decided it was time to go back to an original location of the league when it was first formed and headed to Houston and became the Oilers.

Although they have seldom made playoff appearances, they had one of the best third basemen in the Bull League on their team from 1993-2005, Always Rosy. Rosy was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2016 for his stellar career, in which the two-time Most Valuable Player led the American Eagle League in HRs six times, including for four consecutive years (1996-1999).

The team has a lifetime win-loss record of 1299-1319 (.496) from 1995-2022.

History

Former San Diego Seagulls logo (1991-2016)
Former Anchorage Aces logo (2017)
Former St. Petersburg Admirals logo (2018-2022)

After the Southern League was renamed to the American Eagle League in 1991, and many of its under performing teams were disbanded, the San Diego Seagulls were founded and placed into the new league's East division, joining Chicago and California. None of those teams remain in the AEL East today. San Diego was moved to the AEL West in 1995, while Chicago went to the Lake League and California moved with San Diego to the geographically appropriate AEL West. The team relocated to Anchorage, Alaska, in December, 2016, and was renamed to the Anchorage Aces.

In February, 2018, details were finalized for a move to Florida, and the team became the St. Petersburg Admirals and was moved back to the AEL East division.

Despite having several high performing players over the years, the team has struggled to make the playoffs, appearing in the American Eagle League Championship Series only three times (1999, 2002, 2009). While the team won the AEL Trophy in 2002, they were swept in the Bull Cup Championships by Hamilton 3-0.

General Managers

Houston Oilers General Managers
Years Name Record Notes
1998–2000 Alex Gutierrez 116-124 (.483) Offensively-minded Gutierrez cut his teeth in San Diego, before perfecting his craft with California and then later taking Calgary to a Bull Cup.
2001–2004 John Phillips 135-173 (.438) Though the Seagulls made the playoffs under Phillips, they began an implosion afterwards that took years to recover from.
2004 Nick Bond 6-4 (.600) Bond came in at the end of a last place finishing season for just ten games, before being dismissed in the offseason as the team sought a different direction
2005–2012 Brennan Glover 302-340 (.470) Glover began his general managerial career with the San Diego Seagulls, with several very positive seasons, finally reaching the playoffs in 2009 as a wild card team, before back-to-back losing seasons led to his dismissal.
2013–2016 Blake Kenik 157-171 (.478) Led Seagulls to first playoffs since 2009
2017–present Brandon Popper 219-143 (.604) Came 2nd in GM of the Year voting for 2017. Led team to first Bull Cup win in 2019.

Rivalries

Calgary Inferno Rivalry

The Aces have an inter-division rivalry with the Calgary Inferno, with whom they are tied 1-1 in AELCS appearances. While still based in San Diego and called the Seagulls, the team played Calgary (then called the Chinooks) in the 1999 AELCS, getting swept out of the series 3-0. The team returned to the AELCS in 2002 to face Calgary again, this time going 3-1 and advancing to the Bull Cup Championship Series in their only appearance in the final playoff round (they would lose to Hamilton).

California Tidals Rivalry

Because the Aces were formerly based in San Diego, and formed in 1991, they have had a long-standing rivalry with another team in the same state, the California Tidals. Both California and San Diego were founding AEL East division teams in 1991 (despite being located on the west coast), and both teams were moved to the AEL West division in 1995 during the major realignment.

Retired Numbers

The Anchorage Aces have retired just one uniform number (as the former San Diego Seagulls).

Anchorage Aces Retired Uniform Numbers
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Always Rosy
Third base
Retired 2010

Awards and other achievements

Player awards

Most Valuable Player Award

Rookie of the Year Award

Woodchuck Trophy

Sandy Koufax Award

League Leaders

The following players still hold current league leader records until the games went up to 152


Records since games went up to 152

Team Records

For career hitting percentage records, 1,460 plate appearances are required. For career pitching percentage records, 471 innings pitched are required.

Statistic Single season record Career record
Player Record Year Player Record
Batting average Prennick Argon
Katai Kitagawa
.401
.357
1999
2019
Prennick Argon .342
On base percentage Always Rosy
Brian Bonner
.459
.451
1996
2021
Alex Viramontes .422
Slugging percentage Always Rosy †
Julio Rangel
.838
.633
1996
2021
Always Rosy .611
At bats Jose Dominguez
Katai Kitagawa
363
665
2006
2021
Katai Kitagawa 3,394
Runs Adam Gordon †
Always Rosy †
Katai Kitagawa
81
134
1998
1996
2021
Always Rosy 692
Hits Prennick Argon †
Katai Kitagawa
125
225
1999
2019
Katai Kitagawa 1098
Doubles Section Attack
Omar Medina
33
39
2016
2021
Katai Kitagawa 210
Triples Billy Kidd
Katai Kitagawa
8
13
1997
2021
Katai Kitagawa 47
Home runs Always Rosy †
Julio Rangel
39
52
1996
2021
Always Rosy 307
Runs batted in Always Rosy †
Julio Rangel
90
145
1997
2019
Always Rosy 801
Stolen bases Adam Gordon †
Katai Kitagawa
29
85
1998
2021
Katai Kitagawa 284
Earned runs average Jose Soto 2.00 2017 Jose Soto 3.03
Wins A.C. Deucey
Tom Parker&dagger
Bobby Miller†
Ed Gerts †
Harry Ferguson
10
19
2010
2010
2012
1995
2019
Tim McHaney 85
Losses Travis Dreis
Young-lau Weng
11
17
2015
2021
Tim McHaney 79
Saves Jake Pruitt
Ryu Saito
24
36
2010
2019
Ryu Saito 75
Games pitched Eye Suck
Ryu Saito
49
71
2000
2019
Josh Martinez 241
Games started Eddie Clunker
Ed Gerts†
Gary Ingeborj
Youang-lau Weng
20
35
1995
1995
1995
2019
Josh Martinez 241
Complete games A.C. Deucey †
Jose Soto
5
9
2012
2019
Jose Ramirez 25
Shutouts Jose Soto 3 2017 Jose Soto 7
Innings pitched Ed Gerts †
Jose Ramirez
135.2
247
1995
2020
Tim McHaney 1,318.1
Strikeouts Bobby Miller †
Jose Soto
135
266
2014
2019
Jose Soto 1034

† This player also holds a Bull League award for this stat category, and the record indicated occurred in an 80 game season.

Milestones

Milestones listed here were obtained while playing for the Aces (Seagulls 1995 - 2016)

Player Milestone Date
Always Rosy 200 Home Runs 08/13/2000
Ed Gerts 500 Strikeouts 08/14/2000
Always Rosy 500 RBIs 07/03/2001
Always Rosy 500 Runs Scored 06/03/2002
David Marchesani 500 Strikeouts 06/08/2003
Dontbea Fool 500 Strikeouts 07/25/2003
D.P Justice 500 Runs Scored 08/05/2004
D.P Justice 500 RBIs 07/07/2005
Adam Gordan 500 Runs Scored 08/21/2005
Carl Simms 1000 Hits 06/09/2006
Carl Simms 300 Home Runs 06/04/2007
Leonard Hurrach 100 Saves 06/14/2009
Tim McHaney 500 Strikeouts 07/20/2009
Tom Parker 500 Strikeouts 08/28/2010
Dave Norman 1500 Hits 08/18/2012
Bobby Miller 500 Strikeouts 08/03/2014
Alex Viramontes 500 RBIs 06/04/2015
Alex Viramontes 500 Runs Scored 08/08/2015
Alex Viramontes 1000 Hits 07/23/2016
Takeo Otomo 300 Home Runs 05/22/2017
Julio Resendiz 500 Runs Scores 07/26/2017
Alex Viramontes 200 Home Runs 06/01/2018
Takeo Otomo 1000 Runs Batted In 04/14/2019
Alex Viramontes 1500 hits 09/24/2020
Katai Kitagawa 500 Runs Scored 05/21/2021
Danny Huertero 500 Runs Scored 05/21/2021
Israel Medina 500 Runs Batted In 04/21/2022
Israel Medina 200 Home Runs 05/30/2022
Julio Rangel 500 Runs Batted In 07/14/2022
Jose Soto† 1000 Strikeouts 08/13/2022

†Youngest player to date to reach landmark

Hall of Fame Players

The St. Petersburg Admirals have two players who has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Houston Oilers Hall of Famers
Player Position Inducted
Always Rosy Third baseman 2016 (as a SD Seagull)
Prennick Argon Third baseman 2021 (as a SD Seagull)

1st Round Draft Picks

Houston Oilers 1st round draft picks
Year Player Position Overall Current Team?
1997 Joey Williams First Basemen 13 Retired
1997 Jason Hovis Second Basemen 14 Retired
1998 Tim McHaney Pitcher 5 Retired
2000 Pat Klinger Second Basemen 8 Retired
2000 Bobby Lambert Pitcher 10 Retired
2001 Dana Hoskin Pitcher 3 Retired
2003 Chris Price Left Field 10 Retired
2003 Noe Giron Jr Pitcher 11 Retired
2004 Ryan Cowley Third Basemen 3 Retired
2006 Berry Requiem Pitcher 4 Seattle
2007 Simon Nelson Left Field 6 Retired
2008 Ricky Jalapeno Left Field 6 Miami
2009 Jon Fulcher Second Basemen 12 Retired
2011 Dan Konschak Center Field 8 Retired
2011 Dungeon Master Pitcher 9 Retired
2014 Chris Zerkle Pitcher 5 Calgary
2015 Dan Brannon Pitcher 9 Milwaukee
2016 Glenn Torraville Right Field 10 Arizona
2017 Justin Longfield Pitcher 12 Houston
2017 Sal Salazar Pitcher 14 Houston
2018 Dexter Robinson Right Field 18 Miami
2020 Sam Wainwright First Basemen 19 Houston
2021 Graham Fenwick First Basemen 16 Houston
2022 Hector de Sales Pitcher 9 Houston

Championships

Bull Cup Champions
Preceded by:
Montreal Metros
2019 Chicago Pit Bulls
Metropolitain League pennants
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
2002 Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Calgary Inferno
20182019 Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Metropolitan League East division titles
Preceded by:
Calgary Inferno
20182020 Succeeded by:
Calgary Inferno
American Eagle League West Division Titles
Preceded by:
Richmond Ravens
1999 Succeeded by:
California Tidals
Preceded by:
California Tidals
2002 Succeeded by:
Richmond Ravens
Preceded by:
Seattle Salts
2016 Succeeded by:
Seattle Salts

Minor League Affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA St. Anthony SeaWolves Cow League St. Anthony, Nfld.
AA Savannah Buccaneers Heifer League Savannah, Georgia
A Tijuana Firebirds Calf League Tijuana, Mexico
Short A Springfield Isotopes New England League Springfield, Massachusetts
Rookie Treasure Island Devil Rays Florida Rookie League Treasure Island, Florida

References

  1. So Long San Diego, Hello Anchorage. BNN. [1]. 30 November 2016. Accessed: 30 November 2016.