California City announced details about its first professional baseball team Friday, a club that will play in a public park and be a convenient travel partner for the Bakersfield Train Robbers.
The California City Whiptails, who will open their season May 25 in the independent Pecos League, will play on Field No. 3 at Balsitis Park, which is being upgraded with extended outfield and backstop fencing, new sod and grass seed, dugouts and seating.
Money for the renovations are being raised through donations: $500 for a banner and $5,000 for the field's naming rights.
Because the field won't have stadium seating or a grandstand, Cal City is selling the venue as having a 1920s era feel.
"With that in mind, the field will have a 1920s feel by using time period fonts, props, music and clothing," according to a city release.
The mascot is named after the whiptail lizard, common to Cal City and its surrounding area.
The Pecos League, which has its season from late May to late July, is adding five expansion teams in California this year, including the Bakersfield Train Robbers, who will play at Sam Lynn Ballpark.