Southern Oregon Timberjacks

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Southern Oregon Timberjacks
19791999
Medford, Oregon
Southern Oregon Timberjacks Main Logo.png Southern Oregon Timberjacks Cap Insignia 1.png
Team Logo Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • Short-Season (1979-1999)
Minor league affiliations
  • Southern
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Southern Oregon Timberjacks (1996-1999)
  • Southern Oregon Athletics (1988-1995)
    Medford Athletics (1979-1987)
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 1981, 1983
Division titles 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1989

The Southern Oregon Timberjacks were a minor league baseball team based in Medford, Oregon. The team played in the short-season single-A Northwest League from 1979 to 1999 and were an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. They played their home games at Miles Field in south Medford.

Team history[edit]

The Timberjacks came into the Northwest League to fill the void left by the departed Medford Giants (1967–1968) and Rogue Valley/Medford Dodgers (1969–1971). They were originally known as the Medford Athletics (or Medford A's) (1979–1987), then changed their name to the Southern Oregon Athletics (or Southern Oregon A's) (1988–1995), and then eventually to the Southern Oregon Timberjacks (1996–1999). They were 6-time Southern Division Champions (1981–1984, 1988–1989) and won the Northwest League Championship twice (1981 and 1983).

In 1982, former minor league pitcher Fred Herrmann was named the team's general manager and then became the team's majority owner in 1985.[1]

As a minor league baseball franchise, the Timberjacks had featured future major league players such as Greg Cadaret, José Canseco, Rod Beck, Scott Brosius, Jason Giambi, Tim Hudson, Jason Windsor, Sean Triplett, Miguel Tejada and Eric Byrnes.

Relocation controversy and stadium demise[edit]

In 1997 and 1998, Fred Herrmann had announced that the team would relocate to Vancouver, Washington.[2] However, the plans fell through on both occasions and the team remained in Medford.[3]

Finally on October 26, 1999, Herrmann announced that the franchise would relocate to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and in 2000, they completed their move and were renamed the "new" Vancouver Canadians.[4] The "original" Canadians franchise from the triple-A Pacific Coast League was renamed the Sacramento River Cats following their move at the same time. Both teams continued to be affiliated with the Oakland A's until 2011, when the Canadians decided to re-affiliate with the Toronto Blue Jays. The current Canadians do not show any history or records of the Timberjacks at their official website, though their relocation is mentioned one time on the media guide page.[5]

Herrmann did attempt to bring a Western Baseball League team to Medford to replace the Timberjacks (Despite long standing rules that prohibited affiliated owners having a financial interest in independent baseball teams). However, those plans fell through when the potential owners, including Herrmann, failed to come up with the money necessary to establish a team.[6] After four years without a professional team and despite efforts to rebuild and restore historic Miles Field, the city of Medford ordered the deteriorating stadium be torn down in 2004 to make way for a new Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

In 2004, the city council of Medford orchestrated an agreement with the new Harry & David Field that a professional team will not be allowed to play at the new ballpark which currently hosts the collegiate wood bat Medford Rogues, the American Legion baseball Medford Mustangs and youth baseball. Despite previous efforts to bring pro baseball back to Medford, the decision stands to this day.

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1979 38-33 5th Rich Morales
1980 22-48 8th Brad Fischer
1981 42-28 1st Brad Fischer League Champs
1982 53-17 1st Dennis Rogers Lost playoffs
1983 50-18 1st Dennis Rogers League Champs
1984 45-29 2nd Dennis Rogers Lost playoffs
1985 33-41 6th (t) Grady Fuson
1986 43-31 3rd Dave Hudgens
1987 31-45 6th Dave Hudgens
1988 46-30 1st Lenn Sakata Lost in finals
1989 45-30 1st Grady Fuson Lost in finals
1990 40-36 2nd Grady Fuson
1991 40-36 3rd Grady Fuson
1992 39-37 3rd Chris Pittaro
1993 37-39 3rd Dick Scott
1994 38-38 2nd Tom Dunton
1995 33-43 4th Tony DeFrancesco
1996 29-47 4th Tony DeFrancesco
1997 41-35 2nd John Kuehl
1998 43-33 2nd Greg Sparks
1999 38-38 2nd Greg Sparks

Alumni[edit]

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