MARYSVILLE, CALIFORNIA: The rain came in the morning to Colusa Casino Stadium but it would not damper the team’s spirit to pull off its first press conference. Under rows and rows of protective tents the Yuba City Bears are back in baseball as the newest expansion franchise in the Great West League.
General Manager of the Marysville Gold Sox Michael Mink came up with the idea to help unite the cities in the form of baseball.
“We are excited for the rebirth of Bears. Yuba City has a rich tradition in baseball and the Bears are a major part of it. It is important to our organization to make this area a strong united sports hub and what not a better way than baseball,” said Mink.
The Bears played 19 seasons in Yuba City before folding in 1949.
On Thursday, the team officially unveiled its name, logos and colors. The logo is fun, energetic, enthusiastic young bear ready to hit one out of the ballpark. The “YC “logo is modern touch with bear flair, that will look great on any ball cap. The organizational logo pays its respect to the Sutter Buttes mountain range (smallest range in world); which are a backdrop of Yuba City and the Bear Flag from the Bear Flag Revolt. The team colors will be teal, purple, gray and white.
The list of VIPs that attended the Thursday event included league co-founder and Baseball Hall of Famer Pat Gillick; CSH International President Zoran Rajcic; GWL Commissioner Ken Wilson; Yuba City Mayor Stan Cleveland Jr; Yuba City Council Members John Buckland, Preet Didbal and Shon Harris; Marysville Vice-Mayor Dale Whitmore; Marysville Council Member Bill Simmons; Marysville Chief of Police Aaron Easton; and Marysville Fire Chief Dale Vogelsang. Along with special guests John Nicoletti, Hunter Hampton, George Laver, Brian Madison, John Cassidy, Jimmy Graben were all in attendance on Thursday.
Mink presented each city with a commemorative bat that renewed the “Twin City Rivalry”
from the 1940’s.
“I thought it was a great time for everyone and both cities were in great spirit of competition
today. We are providing more jobs, hotel stays, economic impact to the area and a great
brand of baseball to spend your summer nights, said Mink
The Yuba City Bears 61-game slate includes a 31-game home schedule. An exhibition
vs. the Gold Sox and Fan Fest will be held at Colusa Casino Stadium on May 28th at
5:05PM. The event is free for everyone and opportunity to see the Gold Sox and Bears
take batting practice and compete in a 3 inning inter-squad exhibition followed by an
autograph meet-and-greet session down on the field.
The Bears will play a balanced GWL schedule, facing Chico, Lincoln, Medford, Portland,
and Rival-Marysville 12 times each. The schedule was released Thursday at the Press
Games that are played Monday-Saturday will begin at 7:05PM and Sunday Evening
games will start at 6:05PM.
“This is going to a wonderful summer to remember with 61 days of baseball and an
opportunity to bring two great cities together with one common love. The Game of
Baseball,” said Mink.
Special thanks to Flynnagain Productions for the main logo and YC logo design. The
organizational logo design was the creation of Lauren Barnes with conception from Mink.
The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in
North America, providing a professional, minor league baseball atmosphere for top
college players seeking professional baseball careers, while providing affordable family
entertainment and enriching the quality of life in its member communities.
Yuba City Bears advertising, season tickets, mini-plans, bbq and group outings for the 2017 season at
Colusa Casino Stadium and Opening Day Tickets are on sale now. For questions about the 2017 season,
please contact us at (530) 741-3600, by email at team@yubacitybears.com, or in person by stopping by
the Yuba-Sutter Community Baseball Office located at 429 10th Street, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
on Monday through Friday. For more information about Yuba City Bears, log on to