Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game
|Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game|
|Location(s)||Varies (see prose)|
|Most recent||September 17, 2013 (Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States)|
|Previous event||September 18, 2012 (Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina, United States)|
|Next event||September 16, 2014 (BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States)|
|Participants||The league champions of the International League and Pacific Coast League|
|Organized by||Triple-A Baseball|
The Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game, previously known as the Bricktown Showdown, is a single championship game held annually between the league champions of the International League (IL) and Pacific Coast League (PCL) Triple-A leagues of minor league baseball to determine an overall champion of class Triple-A baseball. The championship consists of a single nine-inning game to determine a champion. Which team will serve as the home team is determined by the outcome of the Triple-A All-Star Game; the team from the winning league is designated as the home team.
From 2006 to 2010, it was held annually at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, home of the PC:'s Oklahoma City RedHawks, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since 2011, the game has been hosted in a different Triple-A city each year. The 2014 game will be played at BB&T Ballpark, home of the IL's Charlotte Knights, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 2015 championship game will be held in El Paso, Texas, at Southwest University Park, home of the PCL's El Paso Chihuahuas.
On July 12, 2006, a press release was issued announcing the creation of a single championship game between the league champions of the Triple-A International League and the Pacific Coast League to determine an overall champion of Triple-A baseball. The game was to be played at Oklahoma City's AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, hence the name Bricktown Showdown; it would also be broadcast on ESPN2.
This championship game was the first time since the Las Vegas Triple-A World Series (1998–2000) that the IL and PCL would meet to determine a Triple-A champion. A previous World Series was also held in 1983 and also included the now defunct American Association (AA). Prior to this, the IL and AA (excluding the PCL) held a series of championships between the two leagues, called the Triple-A Classic (1988–1991) and also the Little World Series or Junior World Series (1905–1975).
The goal was for the Bricktown Showdown to develop and prosper like the Triple-A All-Star Game did since its creation in 1987. The Showdown was approved only as a one-time meeting by Major League Baseball. Following the event's success, subsequent meetings were planned for 2007 and 2008.
In August 2009, the game was rebranded as the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game. This was done in part to increase the event's national appeal.
Since 2011, the game has been held in a different Triple-A city each year. The first city to host under this new format was Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the Albuquerque Isotopes of the PCL. Games have also been held in Durham, North Carolina, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. Future contests are scheduled for Charlotte, North Carolina, (2014) and El Paso, Texas, (2015).
|Year||Winning team||League||Score||Losing team||League||Ballpark||MVP||Ref.|
|2006||Tucson Sidewinders||PCL||5–2||Toledo Mud Hens||IL||AT&T Bricktown Ballpark||Hairston, ScottScott Hairston|||
|2007||Sacramento River Cats||PCL||7–1||Richmond Braves||IL||AT&T Bricktown Ballpark||Merloni, LouLou Merloni|||
|2008||Sacramento River Cats||PCL||4–1||Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees||IL||AT&T Bricktown Ballpark||Gissell, ChrisChris Gissell|||
|2009||Durham Bulls||IL||5–4||Memphis Redbirds||PCL||AT&T Bricktown Ballpark||Hellickson, JeremyJeremy Hellickson|||
|2010||Columbus Clippers||IL||12–6||Tacoma Rainiers||PCL||AT&T Bricktown Ballpark||Head, JeradJerad Head|||
|2011||Columbus Clippers||IL||8–3||Omaha Storm Chasers||PCL||Isotopes Park||Martinez, JoeJoe Martinez|||
|2012||Reno Aces||PCL||10–3||Pawtucket Red Sox||IL||Durham Bulls Athletic Park||Pollock, A. J.A. J. Pollock|||
|2013||Omaha Storm Chasers||PCL||2–1||Durham Bulls||IL||Coca-Cola Park||Dwyer, ChrisChris Dwyer|||
Championship appearances by club
Defunct teams appear in italics.
|Appearances||Team||League||Wins||Losses||Win %||Most recent
|2||Omaha Storm Chasers||PCL||1||1||.500||2013||2013|
|2||Sacramento River Cats||PCL||2||0||1.000||2008||2008|
|1||Pawtucket Red Sox||IL||0||1||.000||—||2012|
|1||Toledo Mud Hens||IL||0||1||.000||—||2006|
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- "Tacoma Rainiers (74-70) 6, Columbus Clippers (80-65) 12". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
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- "Pawtucket Red Sox (79-66) 3, Reno Aces (82-63) 10". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- "Omaha Storm Chasers (71-74) 2, Durham Bulls (87-58) 1". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014.