California Winter League (2010)

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California Winter League (2010)
CWL logo black text.jpg
Sport Baseball
Founded September 2009
No. of teams 10
Country  United States
Most recent
Coachella Valley Snowbirds
Official website

The California Winter League is a professional developmental instructional baseball league based in Palm Springs, California that allows professional teams to evaluate players. It was founded on September 10, 2009, by Andrew Starke, owner of the Palm Springs Chill (formerly of the Arizona Winter League) and the Palm Springs Power (collegiate summer baseball). It is a short-season instructional league affiliated with the Frontier League that plays all games at Palm Springs Stadium from the middle of January to the middle of February. The 2016 season features 14 teams and over 300 players. The 2018 and 2019 seasons will feature less teams, as competition from the Arizona Winter League, South Florida Winter League and the Puerto Rico Winter League now have players traveling to new scenarios, while pursuing their Major League dreams


After the success by the Palm Springs Chill in the Arizona Winter League during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, owner Starke decided to create the California Winter League to offer another outlet for aspiring players. Based out of Palm Springs, California, the league fielded four teams in 2010 and 2011 and 5 in 2012, with the teams coached and managed by former MLB players and current Independent League coaches. The number of players doubled from 2010 to 2011 and looks to expand even more for the 2013 season, hoping for an 8 team league. The teams will be the Chill, Power, A's, Coyotes,Jacks, Bombers, Bluesox, and the Snowbirds. The 2014 season added the Bootleggers and Haymakers, bringing the total number of teams to the current level of 12. In 2016, the New York Colonials and Manitoba North Stars made their season debuts to bring the expanding league to 14 teams.


The purpose of the winter league is to provide coaching and an avenue for players to get noticed by scouts with the ultimate goal of signing a professional contract. Past players have signed with any of various Independent baseball leagues and MLB organizations. Over the past six seasons the California Winter League has had over fifty percent of its players get signed to play professionally after the winter league ended.[1]

CWL teams[edit]

The league plays most games in Palm Springs Stadium and some in Palm Springs High School baseball field.

California Winter League
Team Founded City Stadium
Manitoba North Stars, New York Colonials 2016 Palm Springs, California
Alberta Grizzly, Toronto Rush 2015 Palm Springs, California
Bay Area Bootleggers, Midwest Haymakers 2014 Palm Springs, California
British Columbia Bombers, Oregon Lumber Jacks, Washington Bluesox 2013 Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs Power 2012 Palm Springs, California
Canada A's 2009 Palm Springs, California
Coachella Valley Snowbirds 2009 Palm Springs, California
Palm Desert Coyotes 2009 Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs Chill 2007 (with the AWL) Palm Springs, California

Season-by-season standings[edit]


Final Standings [2]

Winter League Team W L T GB
Palm Desert Coyotes 9 7 2 ---
Palm Springs Chill 8 7 2 .5
Canada A's 7 8 2 1.5
Coachella Valley Snowbirds 6 8 4 3.5


Coachella Valley Snowbirds 4, Palm Desert Coyotes 3

Canada A's 3, Palm Springs Chill 1


Coachella Valley Snowbirds 10, Canada A's 7


Final Standings [3]

Winter League Team W L T GB
Canada A's 13 7 0 ---
Palm Desert Coyotes 12 8 0 1.0
Coachella Valley Snowbirds 7 11 1 4.5
Palm Springs Chill 6 12 1 5.5


Canada A's 4, Palm Springs Chill 2

Palm Desert Coyotes 6, Coachella Valley Snowbirds 4


Canada A's 9, Palm Desert Coyotes 2

2012 Teams Records

  • Palm Springs Power 16-3
  • Palm Springs Chill 13-6
  • Coachella Valley Snowbirds 7-10
  • Bluesox 6-11-1
  • Canada A's 2-14-1

* Championship Palm Springs Power 7 the Palm Springs Chill 5


Final Standings [4]

Winter League Team W L T GB
Coachella Valley Snowbirds 13 3 0 ---
Palm Springs Power 10 5 1 2.5
Washington Blue Sox 8 6 2 4.0
Oregon Lumberjacks 9 7 0 4.0
Palm Springs Chill 6 9 1 6.5
British Columbia Bombers 6 10 0 7.0
Canada A's 5 11 0 8.0
Palm Desert Coyotes 5 11 0 8.0

Quarter Finals

Semi Finals


Coachella Valley Snowbirds 3, Palm Springs Chill 2

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