Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game

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Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game
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Frequency Annual
Location(s) Varies (see prose)
Inaugurated 2006
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
Website
Official website

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.[1] The 2015 championship game will be held in El Paso, Texas, at Southwest University Park, home of the PCL's El Paso Chihuahuas.[2]

History[edit]

AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, cite of the first five Triple-A National Championship Games (2006–2010)

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5]

Since 2011, the game has been held in a different Triple-A city each year.[6] 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).

Championship games[edit]

Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson of the Durham Bulls was selected as the game's MVP in 2009.
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 [7]
2007 Sacramento River Cats PCL 7–1 Richmond Braves IL AT&T Bricktown Ballpark Merloni, LouLou Merloni [8]
2008 Sacramento River Cats PCL 4–1 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees IL AT&T Bricktown Ballpark Gissell, ChrisChris Gissell [9]
2009 Durham Bulls IL 5–4 Memphis Redbirds PCL AT&T Bricktown Ballpark Hellickson, JeremyJeremy Hellickson [10]
2010 Columbus Clippers IL 12–6 Tacoma Rainiers PCL AT&T Bricktown Ballpark Head, JeradJerad Head [11]
2011 Columbus Clippers IL 8–3 Omaha Storm Chasers PCL Isotopes Park Martinez, JoeJoe Martinez [12]
2012 Reno Aces PCL 10–3 Pawtucket Red Sox IL Durham Bulls Athletic Park Pollock, A. J.A. J. Pollock [13]
2013 Omaha Storm Chasers PCL 2–1 Durham Bulls IL Coca-Cola Park Dwyer, ChrisChris Dwyer [14]

Championship appearances by club[edit]

Defunct teams appear in italics.

Appearances Team League Wins Losses Win % Most recent
win
Most recent
appearance
2 Columbus Clippers IL 2 0 1.000 2011 2011
2 Durham Bulls IL 1 1 .500 2009 2013
2 Omaha Storm Chasers PCL 1 1 .500 2013 2013
2 Sacramento River Cats PCL 2 0 1.000 2008 2008
1 Memphis Redbirds PCL 0 1 .000 2009
1 Pawtucket Red Sox IL 0 1 .000 2012
1 Reno Aces PCL 1 0 1.000 2012 2012
1 Richmond Braves IL 0 1 .000 2007
1 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees IL 0 1 .000 2008
1 Tacoma Rainiers IL 0 1 .000 2010
1 Toledo Mud Hens IL 0 1 .000 2006
1 Tucson Sidewinders PCL 1 0 1.000 2006 2006

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Washburn, Mark (November 15, 2013). "Knights games coming to WZGV". The Charlotte Observer. p. 2C. 
  2. ^ "Chihuahuas to host 2015 Triple-A Championship Game". Ballpark Digest. August 16, 2014. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bricktown Showdown To Determine Triple-A Baseball Champion". Triple-A Baseball. July 12, 2006. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Triple-A Baseball Championship Game To Remain in Oklahoma City for 2007 and 2008". Triple-A Baseball. January 11, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Triple-A Championship Game Renamed". Triple-A Baseball. August 7, 2009. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ Hill, Benjamin (February 8, 2011). "Isotopes to Host Triple-A Championship". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014=2C. 
  7. ^ "Tucson Sidewinders 5, Toledo Mud Hens 2". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Sacramento River Cats (85-60) 7, Richmond Braves (77-65) 1". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sacramento River Cats (84-61) 4, Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees (88-57) 1". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Durham Bulls (84-61) 5, Memphis Redbirds (77-68) 4". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tacoma Rainiers (74-70) 6, Columbus Clippers (80-65) 12". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Columbus Clippers (89-56) 8, Omaha Storm Chasers (79-64) 3". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Pawtucket Red Sox (79-66) 3, Reno Aces (82-63) 10". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Omaha Storm Chasers (71-74) 2, Durham Bulls (87-58) 1". Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved August 17, 2014. 

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