PRESS RELEASE – Bisbee Professional Baseball team will play as the Bisbee Copperheads. Go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bisbee-Copperheads/ or @BisbeeCopperhea to see the logos and get more information about the team.
“We are excited to begin this new professional baseball endeavor in Bisbee, AZ and are pleased to announce the appointment of Danny DiPace to the position of Team Manager and we are very proud of the logo as well as the people that we are bringing into the organization. We feel that this type of positive exposure can help to brand Bisbee, Arizona as a baseball destination throughout the baseball world,” says AWBL Commissioner Sean Smock.
Danny signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963. He hit .263/.358/.383 with 24 steals in 32 tries for the 1964 Salisbury Dodgers. In ’65, he moved to the Minnesota Twins chain for the Wisconsin Rapids Twins to win the Midwest League batting title by 24 points. He beat out over two dozen future major leaguers, including Joe Rudi, Sal Bando and Nate Colbert. He outhit teammate Rod Carew by 37 points and would have been second in the Carolina League had he qualified (falling 26 plate appearances shy), .001 behind Jose Calero and .001 ahead of Manny Sanguillen.
DiPace has a long history of coaching, beginning in 2000 as a first base and hitting coach for the Aberdeen Arsenal. In 2002 he went on to become a first base and hitting coach for the Allentown Ambassadors in the Northern League, and the Long Beach Armada in 2005. DiPace was a first base coach for the Orange County Flyers in 2007-2008, winning the 2008 Golden Baseball League Championship. He was a coach, and in charge of player procurement, for the Palm Springs CHILL from 2008 to 2009 and was the bench hitting coach for the Victoria Seals of the Golden Baseball League in 2010. DiPace was part of the 2011 Palm Springs POWER SCCBL Championship coaching staff under Harry Gurley.
Now with the release of the logo, the Bisbee Copperheads will be unveiling their website, merchandise, season ticket sales information, sponsorship opportunities and event planning soon.