Rocket City Trash Pandas
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Rocket City Trash Pandas
Rocket City Trash Pandas
Founded in 2020
Madison, Alabama
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Minor league affiliations
ClassDouble-A (2020-present)
LeagueDouble-A South (2021-present)
DivisionNorth Division
Previous leagues
Southern League (2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamLos Angeles Angels (2020-present)
Team data
NameRocket City Trash Pandas (2020-present)
ColorsRed, blue, gray, white, black
BallparkToyota Field (2020-present)
General ManagerGarrett Fahrmann[2]
ManagerJay Bell[1]

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.[3]


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.[4][5] Upon relocation, the team was renamed the Rocket City Trash Pandas.[6] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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;[3] however, the start of the 2020 season was postponed before getting canceled on June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic,[8] 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.[9] Their scheduled May 4, 2021, road opener was postponed due to inclement weather,[10] so they played their first game the next night against the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field in Chattanooga, Tennessee, losing 6-1.[11]



  1. ^ "Jay Bell Named Rocket City Trash Pandas First Manager". Rocket City Trash Pandas. Minor League Baseball. January 7, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Rocket City Trash Pandas Name Garrett Fahrmann VP & General Manager". Rocket City Trash Pandas. Minor League Baseball. August 8, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ a b Gattis, Paul (August 1, 2019). "Trash Pandas release 2020 schedule, opening vs. Braves". Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Stephenson, Creg (November 9, 2017). "Mobile BayBears confirm sale, will play 2018 season at Hank Aaron Stadium". Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "MiLB Approves Mobile BayBears Move to Madison". Ballpark Digest. May 30, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ a b Ary, Patrick (September 5, 2018). "Rocket City Trash Pandas chosen as new Madison baseball team's name". WHNT. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Rocket City Trash Pandas Pass $2M Mark in Licensed Merchandise Sales". Rocket City Trash Pandas. Minor League Baseball. December 23, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "2020 Minor League Baseball Season Shelved". Minor League Baseball. June 30, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2021.
  10. ^ "Trash Pandas Season Opener Rained Out". Rocket City Trash Pandas. Minor League Baseball. May 4, 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ "Trash Pandas vs. Lookouts Box Score 05/05/21". Minor League Baseball. May 5, 2021. Retrieved 2021.

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