Stan Naccarato, 1928-2016

We lost a local legend yesterday, when Stan Naccarato passed away at age 88.

Tacoma might not have Triple-A baseball today if it weren’t for the 25th hour efforts of Stan in 1971, when he hurriedly put together a local ownership group to purchase the team from the Chicago Cubs, who intended to move it to Wichita.

Naccarato then became the team’s General Manager and promotions guru, winning national acclaim for his work on the business side of the game.

Stan was a civic leader in many ways, but he was a baseball man first and foremost.

One of my favorite Naccarto notes is that he somehow became friends with Billy Martin, which lead to Tacoma being affiliated with the New York Yankees in 1978 in what I think we can all agree was a geographically ridiculous union. The Tacoma Yankees won the PCL championship.

Billy Martin Mickey Mantle Stan Naccarato

Naccarato, Mickey Mantle, Clay Huntington, Billy Martin, Jim Carbone. Photo courtesy Washington Sports Hall of Fame

Stan was a fixture at Cheney Stadium since 1960, and we are sad to see him go. Stan will be honored at Cheney next week when the Rainiers return from the current road trip.

Here’s the official statement from the team:

Stan Naccarato, the former President and General Manager of the Tacoma Twins, Yankees, Tugs, and Tigers, passed away at Tacoma General Hospital this morning. He was 88 years old.

“Stan was a wonderful friend and mentor, a leader of not only this organization for decades, but for the entire city,” Tacoma Rainiers team president Aaron Artman said. “He loved Tacoma maybe even more than he loved the Rainiers. We will honor him for the remainder of the 2016 season and remember the impact that he had on this city and this franchise forever.”

Naccarato was honored with the 1975 Minor League Baseball General Manager of the Year Award, the Larry McPhail Promotional Award, and the Sporting News General Manager of the Year Award.

The Rainiers will wear a commemorative patch on their jerseys and place a sign on the outfield wall in remembrance of Naccarato’s impact on the club and the community.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

Yesterday: Tacoma pitched its second consecutive shutout in a 4-0 win at Round Rock. Joe Wieland worked the first 5.1 innings before leaving with tricep tightness – it’s a minor injury, but he’s questionable for his next start. Paul Fry, Jonathan Aro, David Rollins, and Mayckol Guaipe finished a five-pitcher, six-hit shutout. Rob Brantly‘s three-run homer was the big hit in the game.

Roster Move: Prior to last night’s game, the Mariners recalled infielder Luis Sardinas and optioned Chris Taylor back to Tacoma.

Today: Tacoma (29-17) at Round Rock (24-21), 5:05 (Pacific).

Opponent Affiliation: Texas Rangers.

Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-1.

Starting Pitchers: LHP James Paxton (4-2, 4.54) at RHP Nick Tepesch (3-2, 3.72).

Hot Rainiers: Mike Baxter has reached base via hit or walk in 18 straight games, and Stefen Romero has reached in 16 straight games…Boog Powell has hit safely in six straight games, going 10-for-26.

Look Out For: Jurickson Profar has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, but he’s just 2-for-11 in the series. He seems to be the likely candidate to replace Rangers second baseman Roughned Odor during his upcoming suspension.

Ex-Rainiers: Round Rock is loaded with ’em. James Jones and Tom Wilhelmsen are on the active roster while Justin Ruggiano is on the disabled list. Patrick Kivlehan is currently on waivers, but if he clears he’ll rejoin Round Rock.

Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 4:50 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here.

PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.

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PCL Game Reports:

  • Fresno smacked Oklahoma City last night, 8-1, but the big news is that Julio Urias was scratched from his start today… because the 19-year-old is going to the big leagues. He’ll start for the Dodgers tomorrow, becoming the first 19-year-old to start a major league game since Felix Hernandez in 2005. Before getting the news, Urias met with the Fresno (and L.A.) media yesterday.
  • Reno remains 6.5 games behind Tacoma, as the Aces used a six-run inning to win in New Orleans, 7-5. Ed Lucas hit his first homer as a member of the Aces.
  • Clayton Blackburn and Sacramento shut out the Sky Sox, 6-0.
  • Salt Lake’s nine-game home winning streak ended with a 9-7 loss to Memphis. The Bees trailed 9-3 going to the bottom of the ninth and nearly came back.
  • Albuquerque’s Tim Smalling had a big game in a 12-4 romp at Omaha.
  • Carlos Pimentel – the 2015 PCL Pitcher of the Year – had his best outing of a rough 2016 campaign in El Paso’s 9-1 win at Iowa.
  • Nashville scored twice in the 12th inning to beat Las Vegas, 5-3, for the Sounds 10th win in the last 11 games. The game had a strange ending.

Tacoma has a chance to win a road series tonight, and the pitching staff has delivered 22 straight scoreless innings. Let’s see if they can finish the job.

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