The Burlington Bees are a Class A minor league baseball team, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with whom they signed a 2-year player development contract on September 25, 2012. The Bees 2012 affiliate was the Angels rival Oakland Athletics.The Bees play in the Midwest League. Their home is in Burlington, Iowa.
- History 1
- Current roster 2
- Former players 3
- Team Affiliations 4
- Sources 5
- External links 6
The team began playing in the Central Association of Professional Baseball as the Burlington Indians in 1947, the same year that their stadium, Community Field, was opened. They won the league championship in 1949, their third and final year in the Central Association. The team joined the Three-I (Illinois, Iowa, Indiana) League in 1952 as the Burlington Flints but was renamed the Bees in 1954. In 1958, Billy Williams played 61 games with the Bees before joining the Cubs. Burlington joined the Midwest League in 1962 as a farm team of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but that affiliation lasted only one season. From 1963 through 1974 they were a farm team of the Kansas City (later Oakland) A's; subsequent affiliations included the Brewers (1975–81), the Rangers (1982–85), the Expos (1986–87 and 1993–94), the Braves (1988–90), the Astros (1991–92), the Giants (1995–96), the Reds (1997–98), and the White Sox (1999–2000). The Bees won the Midwest League championship in 1965, 1977, 1999, 2008, and 2009.
The team was known as the Bees from 1962–81, but starting with the 1982 season they used the nickname of their major league parent club. The Bees nickname was revived for the 1993 season.
In addition to Billy Williams, the first Bee inducted into the Hall of Fame, former players who have enjoyed major league success include Phil Garner, Chet Lemon, Claudell Washington, Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, Randy Ready, Larry Walker, Rubén Sierra, Kenny Rogers, José Vidro, Ugueth Urbina, Javy López, Mark Buehrle, Mike Mordecai, Shawn Estes and Ruben Gotay. In total 159 former Bees have played in the majors, including 35 on active rosters in 2004.
Their home park is Community Field, built in 1947 and rebuilt after a 1971 fire. The franchise attendance record of 83,927 was set in 1994. The stadium was upgraded for the 2004 season, including a revamped concessions area, a partial covering of the grandstand, an improvement in the sound system, and a new scoreboard. In 2007, the Bees changed their logo and uniforms. Since 2007 the Bees have had 3 affiliates, the Kansas City Royals (2001–2010), the Oakland Athletics (2011–2012), and the current affiliate Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2013–present). The Bees have also released their 2014 Season Schedule in which they play Opening Day against the Beloit Snappers on April 3, 2014.
- Burlington Bees (1993—)
- Burlington Astros (1992-1992)
- Burlington Braves (1988–1990)
- Burlington Expos (1986–1987)
- Burlington Rangers (1982–1985)
- Burlington Bees (1954–1981)
- Burlington Flints (1952–1953)
- Burlington Indians (1947–1949)
|MLB||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||American League||Los Angeles, CA|
|AAA||Salt Lake Bees||Pacific Coast League||Salt Lake City, UT|
|AA||Arkansas Travelers||Texas League||Little Rock, AR|
|A+||Inland Empire 66ers||California League||San Bernardino, CA|
|A||Burlington Bees||Midwest League||Burlington, IA|
|Rookie||Orem Owlz||Pioneer League||Orem, UT|
|Rookie||AZL Angels||Arizona League||Tempe, AZ|
- Dinda, J. (2003), "Burlington, Iowa, in the Midwest League," http://www.mwlguide.com/cities/burlington/index.html
- Official Burlington Bees website