|Rocket City Trash Pandas|
Founded in 2020
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Double-A South (2021-present)|
|Southern League (2020)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Team||Los Angeles Angels (2020-present)|
|Name||Rocket City Trash Pandas (2020-present)|
|Colors||Red, blue, gray, white, black|
|Ballpark||Toyota Field (2020-present)|
|General Manager||Garrett Fahrmann|
The Rocket City Trash Pandas are a Minor League Baseball team of the Double-A South and the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. They are located in Madison, Alabama, and play their home games at Toyota Field.
In November 2017, BallCorps LLC purchased the Southern League's Mobile BayBears from owners Michael Savit and HWS Group for the purpose of relocating the team to Madison, Alabama, in 2020. Upon relocation, the team was renamed the Rocket City Trash Pandas. The name is a reference to both the area's association with the space industry, namely from Huntsville, and the determination and ingenuity of raccoons. In December 2019, Rocket City announced that it had sold more than $2 million in merchandise in just over 13 months since announcing its branding.
The Trash Pandas were to begin their inaugural season on the road playing against the Birmingham Barons on April 9, 2020, and play their first home game on April 15; however, the start of the 2020 season was postponed before getting canceled on June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pushing back their inaugural season by a year. In conjunction with Major League Baseball's restructuring of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Southern League disbanded and the Trash Pandas were organized into the eight-team Double-A South. Their scheduled May 4, 2021, road opener was postponed due to inclement weather, so they played their first game the next night against the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tennessee, losing 6-1.