Eugene Emeralds

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Eugene Emeralds
Founded in 1955
Eugene, Oregon
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Short-season A (1974–present)
Previous
  • AAA (1969–1973)
  • A (1955–1968)
Minor league affiliations
League Northwest League
(1955–1968, 1974–present)
Division Western Division
Previous leagues
Pacific Coast League (PCL)
(1969–1973)
Major league affiliations
Current Chicago Cubs (2015–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 1955, 1974, 1975, 1980
Division titles 1955, 1957, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2000, 2008, 2011
Team data
Nickname Emeralds (1955–present)
Colors Dark green, black, neon green
              
Ballpark PK Park (2010–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
David Elmore
Manager Pat Murphy
General manager Allan Benavides

The Eugene Emeralds (nicknamed the Ems) is a minor league baseball team in Eugene, Oregon, United States. They are a short-season Class A team in the Northwest League, and are currently the Class A short-season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.[1] From 2001 through 2014, the team was affiliated with the San Diego Padres.

History[edit]

Originally created 59 years ago in 1955 as a charter member of the Northwest League, the Emeralds won the inaugural pennant as an independent,[2][3][4] and remained in the NWL for fourteen seasons, through 1968. They played in northwest Eugene in 4,000-seat Bethel Park at Roosevelt Boulevard and Maple Street (44°03′52″N 123°08′37″W / 44.0645°N 123.1435°W / 44.0645; -123.1435), later torn down for the construction of a highway that wasn't built.[4][5][6] Its final game on August 29 drew 897 fans for a one-hitter and a 7-0 Emeralds win.[7] The NWL changed to a short season league in 1966.

In the 1969 season, the Emeralds were promoted to AAA status in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) as the primary affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Ems returned to the Northwest League five years later, when the Phillies moved their AAA farm team to the Toledo Mud Hens for the 1974 season. Eugene was independent that season, then became an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

As a Triple A team in 1969, the Emeralds moved from Bethel Park to Civic Stadium. The 6,800-seat facility is owned by the Eugene School District and was built in 1938 as a venue for high school football, which was played there until 1968. Civic Stadium also hosted semi-pro baseball teams, sponsored by local timber companies, until Bethel Park was built in 1950.

The Emeralds moved to the University of Oregon's PK Park in 2010, adjacent to Autzen Stadium. They share the new facility with the Oregon Ducks, whose regular season ends in May. A new logo, based upon Sasquatch, was adopted by the Emeralds in 2012.[8] In 2013, the Emeralds partnered with Voodoo Doughnut to offer a bacon maple bratwurst as a specialty food item.[9]

Notable former Emeralds[edit]

With year player was an Emerald

Roster[edit]

Eugene Emeralds roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 22 Trevor Clifton
  • 34 Joshua Conway
  • 26 Josh Davis
  •  1 Alberto Diaz
  • 39 James Farris
  • 30 Trevor Graham
  • 44 Corbin Hoffner
  • 25 Trey Lang
  • 45 Erick Leal
  • 41 Daniel Lewis
  • 38 Dillon Maples
  • 12 Brad Markey
  • 21 Ryan McNeil
  • 45 Yomar Morel
  • 15 James Norwood
  • 49 Jeremy Null
  • 17 Jake Stinnett
  •  9 Tommy Thorpe
  • 50 Ryan Williams
  • 24 Sam Wilson

Catchers

  • 13 Mark Malave
  •  8 Justin Marra

Infielders

  • 40 Danny Canela
  • 28 Bryan Flete
  • 19 Jesse Hodges
  • 37 Alex Tomasovich
  • -- Gleyber Torres
  • 20 Jason Vosler

Outfielders

  • -- Kevin Brown
  • 27 Charcer Burks
  •  7 Rashad Crawford
  •  5 Charles White

Manager

  • 14 Gary Van Tol

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Chicago Cubs 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated September 19, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Chicago Cubs minor league players


References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Jeff (September 19, 2014). "Eugene Emeralds rejoin Chicago Cubs organization as Northwest League affiliate". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Strite, Dick (September 13, 1955). "Championship club could set new pattern in minor leagues". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1A. 
  3. ^ Strite, Dick (September 13, 1955). "Emeralds claim Northwest crown". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2B. 
  4. ^ a b Rodman, Bob (June 17, 1981). "29 years of minor league baseball". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1E. 
  5. ^ "State buys Bethel baseball park". Eugene Register-Guard. October 24, 1969. p. 16A. 
  6. ^ Clark, Bob (June 29, 2004). "Deep and playable". Eugene Register-Guard. Emeralds at 50. p. E1. 
  7. ^ Harvey, Paul, III (August 30, 1968). "Ballinger 1-hits Giants in 7-0 Emerald win". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 3B. 
  8. ^ Mickler, Lauren (November 27, 2012). "Eugene Emeralds Unveil New Logo". KEZI. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Eugene Emeralds + Voodoo Doughnut = Bacon Maple Brat". KVAL-TV. 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ems facts". The Register-Guard. July 22, 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
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  14. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=freima001nat
  15. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=gamble001osc
  16. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=greene001kha
  17. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hameli001rob
  18. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=hisle-002lar
  19. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=howell001jay
  20. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=jackso001gra
  21. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=marsha003mic
  22. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=mcrae-001bri
  23. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=montan001gui
  24. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=rocker001joh
  25. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=russel001jef
  26. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=soto--001mar

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