Northwest League

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Northwest League
Northwest League Logo.svg
Northwest League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1955
No. of teams 8
Countries USA
Canada
Most recent champion(s) Vancouver Canadians
Official website northwestleague.com

The Northwest League of Professional Baseball (or simply the Northwest League or NWL) is a Class A-Short Season minor baseball league. The league is the descendant of the Western International League which ran as a class B league from 1937-1951 (with time out for WWII) and class A from 1952-1954. The league changed its name and dropped back down to class B for the 1955 season.

The Northwest League (or the Northwestern League) has existed in various forms since 1901, and has been in its current incarnation since 1955; it switched to the short season schedule in 1966.

The original seven charter teams were the Salem Senators, Eugene Emeralds, Yakima Bears, Spokane Indians, Tri-City Braves, Wenatchee Chiefs, and the Lewiston Broncs. At the time of its 50th anniversary season in 2004, five of the seven original cities were still in the league.

The league is classified as a Short-Season A league, which means that its season does not start until June, after major-league teams have signed their amateur draft picks to professional contracts, and ends in September. It has eight teams, each of which is associated with an MLB team.

Current teams[edit]

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Seating
Capacity
Attendance
(2013)
Average
(2013)
North Everett AquaSox Seattle Mariners Everett, Washington Everett Memorial Stadium 3,682 92,489 2,569
Spokane Indians Texas Rangers Spokane, Washington Avista Stadium 6,803 187,371 5,064
Tri-City Dust Devils Colorado Rockies Pasco, Washington Gesa Stadium 3,654 83,987 2,270
Vancouver Canadians Toronto Blue Jays Vancouver, British Columbia Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium 5,157 184,042 4,843
South Boise Hawks Chicago Cubs Boise, Idaho Memorial Stadium 4,500 91,324 2,468
Eugene Emeralds San Diego Padres Eugene, Oregon PK Park 4,000 112,028 2,948
Hillsboro Hops Arizona Diamondbacks Hillsboro, Oregon Hillsboro Ballpark 4,500 135,167 3,557
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes San Francisco Giants Keizer, Oregon Volcanoes Stadium 4,250 98,024 2,580

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Current team rosters[edit]

Former Northwest League Teams (1955-)[edit]

Cities that have hosted NWL Teams[edit]

Eugene has fielded a team in all but five of the NWL's seasons (from 1969–73, they had a PCL franchise)

Notable alumni[edit]

Four alumni of the Northwest League are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame:

Other notable alumni include:
- Sandy Alomar, Jr. - Spokane Indians, 1984
- Kevin Appier - Eugene Emeralds, 1987
- Pedro Astacio - Yakima Bears, 1990
- Garrett Atkins - Portland Rockies, 2000
- Jim Bouton - Portland Mavericks, 1973 & 1977
- Jason Bartlett - Eugene Emeralds, 2001
- Dante Bichette - Salem Angels, 1984
- José Canseco - Medford A's, 1983
- Aaron Cook - Portland Rockies, 1998
- Eric Davis - Eugene Emeralds, 1980-81
- Mark DeRosa - Eugene Emeralds, 1996
- Todd Field - Portland Mavericks batboy, 1976-77
- Chone Figgins - Portland Rockies, 1998
- Chuck Finley - Salem Angels, 1985
- George Foster - Medford Giants, 1968
- Matt Franco - Portland Mavericks batboy, 1977
- Julio Franco - Central Oregon Phillies, 1979
- Tom Gordon - Eugene Emeralds, 1987
- Khalil Greene - Eugene Emeralds, 2002
- Ken Griffey, Jr. - Bellingham Mariners, 1987
- Pedro Guerrero - Bellingham Dodgers, 1974
- Bob Hamelin - Eugene Emeralds, 1988
- Kirk McCaskill - Salem Angels, 1982
- Rick Monday - Lewiston Broncos, 1965
- Joe Nathan - Bellingham Giants, 1995; Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 1997
- Mike Piazza - Salem Dodgers, 1989
- Juan Pierre - Portland Rockies, 1998
- Kurt Russell - Bend Rainbows, Walla Walla Islanders, Portland Mavericks, 1971–73, 1977
- Tim Salmon - Bend Bucks, 1989
- Casey Sander - Seattle Rainiers, 1975
- Mike Scioscia - Bellingham Dodgers, 1976
- Mike Sweeney - Eugene Emeralds, 1992-93
- Shane Victorino - Yakima Bears, 2000
- Nick Swisher - Vancouver Canadians, 2002
- Andre Ethier - Vancouver Canadians, 2003
- Kurt Suzuki - Vancouver Canadians, 2004
- Dallas Braden - Vancouver Canadians, 2004
- Tim Lincecum - Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 2006
- Paul Konerko - Yakima Bears, 1994

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