Winnipeg Goldeyes

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Winnipeg Goldeyes
WinnipegGoldeyes.PNG WinnipegGoldeyesCap.png
Team logo Cap insignia
League American Association (North Division)
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ballpark Shaw Park (1999–present)
Year founded 1994
League championships 2 (1994, 2012)
Division championships 8 (1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011)
Former name(s) Winnipeg Goldeyes (1994–present)
Former league(s)
Former ballparks
Colours Red, Navy Blue
         
Retired numbers 5, 6, 21
Ownership Sam Katz
Manager Rick Forney
General Manager Andrew Collier
Media Shaw TV
Winnipeg Sun
Winnipeg Free Press
Jewel 101 FM
Website www.goldeyes.com

The Winnipeg Goldeyes are a professional baseball team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada. The Goldeyes play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From 1994 to 2010, the team was a member of the Northern League.

The Goldeyes have played their home games at Shaw Park (formerly Canwest Park) since 1999. The team is named after the goldeye, a fish usually served as a smoked delicacy and commonly called Winnipeg goldeye.

History[edit]

1950s logo

There have been two separate and distinct baseball teams based out of Winnipeg to use the Goldeyes name, each playing in different incarnations of the Northern League. They first played in the original Northern League, from 1954 until 1964. During that time, the Goldeyes were a farm system affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, and they won the league championship three times — in 1957, 1959, and 1960. The Goldeyes returned to the Short Season-A Northern League for one season, 1969, as an affiliate of the expansion Kansas City Royals, but they did not return in 1970, and the entire league shut down after the 1971 season.

The Goldeyes name was resurrected in 1994 when the independent league Rochester Aces folded and moved to Winnipeg. It was decided the team would take on the name of the former Winnipeg team in honor of the past. The current team is owned by Sam Katz. Katz was elected mayor of Winnipeg in 2004, and remains President of the Goldeyes. The team is one of the most successful in the Northern League, despite missing the playoffs in 2004 for the first time since the team commenced operations, and again missing the playoffs in 2005. In 1994 they won their only Northern League championship.

Following the departure of the St. Paul Saints, Sioux City Explorers and Sioux Falls Canaries to the breakaway American Association, the Goldeyes became the longest tenured franchise in the Northern League. On October 13, 2010, the Goldeyes left the Northern League to join the above three in the American Association, coming along with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Gary SouthShore RailCats, and the Kansas City T-Bones for the 2011 season.[1] The Goldeyes won their first American Association championship in 2012, sweeping the Wichita Wingnuts in the finals.

The Goldeyes are not the only Winnipeg-based team to have played in the Northern League. From 1902 to 1942, the city was represented by the Winnipeg Maroons.

Year-by-year record[edit]

        First Half   Second Half   Overall    
Season League Division W-L Finish W-L Finish W-L Win%   Playoffs
1994 NL N/A 16-24 5th 27-13 1st 43-37 .538 Won championship
1995 NL N/A 25-17 2nd 22-21 3rd 47-38 .553 Lost championship series
1996 NL West 25-17 2nd 25-17 2nd 50-34 .595 Lost divisional series
1997 NL West 29-12 1st 24-18 2nd 53-30 .639 Lost championship series
1998 NL West 25-18 2nd 33-10 1st 58-28 .674 Lost division series
1999 NL West 28-15 1st 20-23 3rd 48-38 558 Lost championship series
2000 NL West 24-19 3rd 24-19 2nd 48-38 .558 Lost Central semi-final
2001 NL North 29-16 1st 23-22 1st 52-38 .578 Lost championship series
2002 NL North 28-17 1st 28-17 1st 56-34 .622 Lost championship series
2003 NL East 26-18 2nd 29-16 1st 55-34 .618 Lost championship series
2004 NL North 26-21 3rd 30-18 2nd 56-39 .589 Did not qualify
2005 NL North 22-25 4th 25-23 4th 47-48 .495 Did not qualify
2006 NL North 27-21 2nd 25-23 2nd 52-44 .542 Lost West final
2007 NL North 27-20 2nd 25-23 2nd 52-43 .547 Lost Division Finals
2008 NL N/A 51-45 3rd N/A N/A 51-45 .531 Lost semi-final
2009 NL N/A 55-41 2nd N/A N/A 55-41 .573 Lost semi-final
2010 NL N/A 46-53 6th N/A N/A 46-53 .465 Did not qualify
2011 AA North 60-40 1st N/A N/A 60-40 .600 Lost Division Finals
2012 AA North 55-45 2nd N/A N/A 55-45 .550 Won championship
2013 AA North 56-44 2nd N/A N/A 56-44 .560 Did not qualify

Current roster[edit]

Winnipeg Goldeyes roster
Active (22-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 44 Gabe Aguilar
  • 36 Kyle Anderson
  • 23 Kyle Bellamy
  •  8 Alex DeLaCruz
  • 41 Nick Hernandez ‡
  • 29 Ethan Hollingsworth
  • 18 Matthew Jackson ‡
  • 27 Jason Jarvis
  • 40 Chase Johnson
  • 28 Chris Kissock
  • 34 Brendan Lafferty
  •  4 Chris Salamida
  • 24 Taylor Sewitt



 

Catchers

  • 18 Luis Alen
  • 30 Jordan Guida

Infielders

  • 11 Jake Blackwood
  • 12 Casey Haerther
  •  3 Tyler Kuhn
  • 13 Josh Mazzola
  • 17 Ryan Pineda

Outfielders

 

Manager

  • 43 Rick Forney

Coaches

  •  7 Tom Vaeth (Hitting)
  • 19 Jamie Vermiyea (Pitching)

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated May 18, 2014
Transactions

Retired numbers[edit]

  • #5 Brian Duva
  • #6 Max Poulin
  • #21 Donnie Smith

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