Eugene Emeralds

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Eugene Emeralds
Founded in 1955
Eugene, Oregon
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Short-season A (1974–present)
Previous
  • AAA (1969–1973)
  • Short-season A (1966–1968)
  • A (1963–1965)
  • B (1955–1962)
Minor league affiliations
League Northwest League
(1955–1968, 1974–present)
Division South Division
Previous leagues
Pacific Coast League (PCL)
(1969–1973)
Major league affiliations
Current Chicago Cubs (2015–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1955
  • 1974
  • 1975
  • 1980
Division titles (13)
  • 1955
  • 1957
  • 1964
  • 1969
  • 1974
  • 1975
  • 1978
  • 1980
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1996
  • 2000
  • 2011
Team data
Nickname Emeralds (1955–present)
Colors Black, dark green, neon green
              
Ballpark PK Park (2010–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
David Elmore
Manager Gary Van Tol
General Manager Allan Benavides

The Eugene Emeralds (nicknamed the Ems) is a minor league baseball team in Eugene, Oregon, United States. They are a short-season Class A team in the Northwest League, and are currently the Class A short-season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.[1] From 2001 through 2014, the team was affiliated with the San Diego Padres.

History[edit]

Originally created 61 years ago in 1955 as a charter member of the Northwest League, the Emeralds won the inaugural pennant as an independent,[2][3][4] and remained in the NWL for fourteen seasons, through 1968. They played in northwest Eugene in 4,000-seat Bethel Park at Roosevelt Boulevard and Maple Street (44°03′52″N 123°08′43″W / 44.0644°N 123.1454°W / 44.0644; -123.1454), later torn down for the construction of a highway that wasn't built.[4][5][6] In 1950 and 1951, Bethel Park was the home of the Eugene Larks of the Class D Far West League; its outfield is present-day Lark Park. Its final game in 1968 on August 29 drew 897 fans for a one-hitter and a 7-0 Emeralds win.[7] The NWL changed to a short season league in 1966, and that season opened in Eugene against the Lewiston Broncs. The second pick in the 1966 MLB draft, future hall of famer Reggie Jackson played his first professional games at Bethel Park, as a 20-year-old center fielder, following his sophomore season at Arizona State. Hitless in the opener,[8][9] the next game he got his first pro hit, a single in the first, and later a home run to right field in the ninth.[10][11]

In the 1969 season, the Emeralds were promoted to AAA status in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) as the primary affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Ems returned to the Northwest League five years later, when the Phillies moved their AAA farm team to the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League for the 1974 season. Eugene was independent that season, then became an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in 1975.

As a Triple A team in 1969, the Emeralds moved from Bethel Park to Civic Stadium. The 6,800-seat facility was owned by the Eugene School District and was built in 1938 as a venue for high school football, which was played there until 1968. Civic Stadium also hosted semi-pro baseball teams, sponsored by local timber companies, until Bethel Park was built in 1950. The stadium was destroyed by fire in 2015, after the Emeralds moved to a new facility.

The Emeralds moved to the University of Oregon's PK Park in 2010, adjacent to Autzen Stadium. They share the new facility with the Oregon Ducks, whose regular season ends in May. A new logo, based upon Sasquatch, was adopted by the Emeralds in 2012.[12] In 2013, the Emeralds partnered with Voodoo Doughnut to offer a bacon maple bratwurst as a specialty food item.[13]

Notable former Emeralds[edit]

With year player was an Emerald

See also[edit]

Roster[edit]

Eugene Emeralds roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 29 Adbert Alzolay
  • 37 Pedro Araujo
  • 32 Casey Bloomquist
  • 20 Craig Brooks
  • 13 Oscar De La Cruz
  • 30 Scott Effross
  • 24 Greyfer Eregua
  • 40 Scott Frazier
  •  3 Jae-Hoon Ha
  • 33 Luis Hernandez
  • 46 Ryan Kellogg
  • 44 Mark Malave
  • 35 Trey Masek
  •  4 Kyle Miller
  •  9 Preston Morrison
  • 43 Jose Paulino
  • 28 Tyler Peitzmeier
  • 11 Carson Sands
  • 21 Justin Steele
  • 19 Kyle Twomey

Catchers

  • 31 Alberto Mineo
  • 34 Ian Rice

Infielders

  •  5 Tyler Alamo
  • 12 Frandy Delarosa
  • 36 Andrew Ely
  • 49 Blake Headley
  • 22 Vimael Machin
  • 16 Adonis Paula
  •  7 Ho-young Son
  •  8 Sutton Whiting

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

  • -- Ty Wright (hitting)
  • -- Brian Lawrence (pitching)
  • -- Gary Van Tol (assistant coach)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Chicago Cubs 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated December 26, 2015
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Chicago Cubs minor league players

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Jeff (September 19, 2014). "Eugene Emeralds rejoin Chicago Cubs organization as Northwest League affiliate". The Oregonian. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Strite, Dick (September 13, 1955). "Championship club could set new pattern in minor leagues". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1A. 
  3. ^ Strite, Dick (September 13, 1955). "Emeralds claim Northwest crown". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 2B. 
  4. ^ a b Rodman, Bob (June 17, 1981). "29 years of minor league baseball". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1E. 
  5. ^ "State buys Bethel baseball park". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). October 24, 1969. p. 16A. 
  6. ^ Clark, Bob (June 29, 2004). "Deep and playable". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). Emeralds at 50. p. E1. 
  7. ^ Harvey, Paul, III (August 30, 1968). "Ballinger 1-hits Giants in 7-0 Emerald win". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 3B. 
  8. ^ "Eugene Emeralds outlast Broncs 8-7 in 10 innings". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho). June 25, 1966. p. 8. 
  9. ^ Harvey, Paul, III (June 25, 1966). "Emeralds corral Broncs just in time". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 1B. 
  10. ^ "Lewiston defeats Emeralds behind Abbot's 7-hitter". Lewiston Morning Tribune (Idaho). June 26, 1966. p. 12. 
  11. ^ Harvey, Paul, III (June 26, 1966). "Emeralds handed first loss". Eugene Register-Guard (Oregon). p. 1B. 
  12. ^ Mickler, Lauren (November 27, 2012). "Eugene Emeralds Unveil New Logo". KEZI. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Eugene Emeralds + Voodoo Doughnut = Bacon Maple Brat". KVAL-TV. 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ems facts". The Register-Guard. July 22, 2001. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
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