The Stompers inagural season was led by General Manager Theo Fightmaster and Field Manager Ray Serrano. Serrano was a long time affiliated player of the Tampa Bay Rays and Atlanta Braves. During the teams first season, the Stompers placed third with a 36-42 record.
The team received national attention when pitcher Sean Conroy became the first openly gay professional baseball player. Later that season, Conroy threw a complete game shutout and his Stompers uniform was requested by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. The Stompers also signed former Oakland Athletics slugger Jose Canseco who would later hit a home run at Arnold Field. The Stompers would also have a New York Times best seller written about the team called “The Only Rule Is It Has To Work” by Ben Lindberg and Sam Miller.
Featured the Sonoma Stompers first Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs championship. The Stompers once again made national coverage when they had the first female battery when signing players Anna Kimbrel, Stacy Piagno and Kelsie Whitmore.
Under new managing partner Jonathan Sebastiani the Stompers finished 52-26. Most notably was female pitcher Stacy Piagno’s seven inning, one run performance against the Pittsburg Diamonds. Piagno earned the team its third appearance in Cooperstown in as many years.
New General Manager Brett Creamer and Field Manager Zack Pace joined the Stompers organization and led them to a Pacific Association breaking 57 wins.
In early June, Stompers reliever Cole Watts was signed by the Idaho Falls Chukars, Kansas City Royals Rookie Ball affiliate. Watts, who was fourth on the team in strikeouts would later win the 2019 Pioneer League championship with the Chukars. Among Watts, a total of eight Sonoma Stompers were promoted throughout the season, setting a Pacific Association record. The team didn’t miss a beat, going 45-19 including another regular season title.
Manager Zack Pace posing with a few fans during a community event this past Summer.
Over the Stompers six year tenure, the team now has a career record of 287-168 with a win % of .630. Reigning Pacific Association Manager of the Year Zack Pace collected his 100th professional managerial win this season, now having a career record of 102-42.
For the first time in team history, the Sonoma Stompers broadcasted 40 home games on local channel 27 and Sonoma Stompers YouTube.