List of Seattle Mariners minor league affiliates

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The Seattle Mariners farm system consists of seven Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Four teams are independently owned, while three—the Modesto Nuts, Arizona League Mariners, and Dominican Summer League Mariners—are owned by the major league club.

The Mariners have been affiliated with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League and Class A Short Season Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League since 1995, making them the longest-running active affiliations in the organization among teams not owned by the Mariners.[2] These are also the longest affiliations in the team's history. Their newest affiliates are the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League which became the Mariners' Double-A club in 2017 along with the Modesto Nuts of the California League who joined as the organization's Class A-Advanced club also in 2017.[2]

Geographically, Seattle's closest domestic affiliate is the Tacoma Rainiers of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League which is approximately 26 miles (42 km) away. Seattle's furthest domestic affiliate is the Arkansas Travelers of the Double-A Texas League some 1,781 miles (2,866 km) away.


Minor league affiliates[edit]

Key[edit]

[label] Team won league championship and/or finished first in their league.

1990–present[edit]

The current structure of Minor League Baseball has been in effect since the 1990 season when the Class A level was subdivided for a second time with the creation of Class A-Advanced. The Rookie level consists of domestic and foreign circuits.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A-Advanced Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2020 Tacoma Rainiers[4] Arkansas Travelers[5] Modesto Nuts[6] West Virginia Power Everett AquaSox[7] AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2019 Tacoma Rainiers Arkansas Travelers Modesto Nuts West Virginia Power Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2018 Tacoma Rainiers Arkansas Travelers Modesto Nuts Clinton LumberKings[8] Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2017 Tacoma Rainiers Arkansas Travelers Modesto Nuts Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2016 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals[9] Bakersfield Blaze[10] Clinton LumberKings[11] Everett AquaSox[12] AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2015 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals Bakersfield Blaze[10] Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2014 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners[13]
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2013 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2012 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2011 Tacoma Rainiers Jackson Generals[14] High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2010 Tacoma Rainiers West Tenn Diamond Jaxx[14] High Desert Mavericks Clinton LumberKings Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2009 Tacoma Rainiers[ff] West Tenn Diamond Jaxx High Desert Mavericks[gg] Clinton LumberKings[11] Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2008 Tacoma Rainiers West Tenn Diamond Jaxx High Desert Mavericks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners
Pulaski Mariners[15][ee]
DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2007 Tacoma Rainiers West Tenn Diamond Jaxx[16] High Desert Mavericks[15] Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners[dd] DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2006 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions[16] Inland Empire 66ers[cc] Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2005 Tacoma Rainiers[aa] San Antonio Missions Inland Empire 66ers Wisconsin Timber Rattlers[bb] Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2004 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions Inland Empire 66ers Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2003 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions[y] Inland Empire 66ers[z] Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2002 Tacoma Rainiers San Antonio Missions[w] San Bernardino Stampede Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox[x] AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
VSL Mariners
2001 Tacoma Rainiers[v] San Antonio Missions[16] San Bernardino Stampede Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
2000 Tacoma Rainiers New Haven Ravens[s] Lancaster JetHawks[t] Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners[u] DSL Mariners
1999 Tacoma Rainiers New Haven Ravens Lancaster JetHawks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1998 Tacoma Rainiers Orlando Rays Lancaster JetHawks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1997 Tacoma Rainiers Memphis Chicks Lancaster JetHawks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers[r] Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1996 Tacoma Rainiers Port City Roosters Lancaster JetHawks Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1995 Tacoma Rainiers[17] Port City Roosters Riverside Pilots Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Everett AquaSox[12] AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1994 Calgary Cannons[18] Jacksonville Suns Riverside Pilots[q] Appleton Foxes Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1993 Calgary Cannons Jacksonville Suns Riverside Pilots Appleton Foxes Bellingham Mariners[p] AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1992 Calgary Cannons Jacksonville Suns Peninsula Pilots[n]
San Bernardino Spirit
Bellingham Mariners[o] AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1991 Calgary Cannons[m] Jacksonville Suns Peninsula Pilots
San Bernardino Spirit
Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners DSL Mariners
1990 Calgary Cannons Williamsport Bills Peninsula Pilots
San Bernardino Spirit
Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners DSL Mariners

1977–1989[edit]

The foundation of the minors' current structure was the result of a reorganization initiated by Major League Baseball (MLB) before the 1963 season. The reduction from six classes to four (Triple-A, Double-AA, Class A, and Rookie) was a response to the general decline of the minors throughout the 1950s and early-1960s when leagues and teams folded due to shrinking attendance caused by baseball fans' preference for staying at home to watch MLB games on television. The only change made within the next 27 years was Class A being subdivided for the first time to form Class A Short Season in 1966.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League
1989 Calgary Cannons Williamsport Bills San Bernardino Spirit[l]
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners AZL Mariners
DSL Mariners
1988 Calgary Cannons Vermont Mariners San Bernardino Spirit
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners AZL Red Sox/Mariners
1987 Calgary Cannons[k] Chattanooga Lookouts Salinas Spurs
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners
1986 Calgary Cannons Chattanooga Lookouts Salinas Spurs
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners[j]
1985 Calgary Cannons[18] Chattanooga Lookouts Salinas Spurs[i]
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners
1984 Salt Lake City Gulls[19] Chattanooga Lookouts Salinas Spurs
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners Butte Copper Kings
1983 Salt Lake City Gulls Chattanooga Lookouts Bakersfield Mariners
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners[h]
1982 Salt Lake City Gulls[20] Lynn Sailors[g] Bakersfield Mariners
Wausau Timbers
Bellingham Mariners
1981 Spokane Indians[20] Lynn Sailors Wausau Timbers[e] Bellingham Mariners[f]
1980 Spokane Indians Lynn Sailors San Jose Missions Bellingham Mariners[d]
1979 Spokane Indians[20] Alexandria Mariners
San Jose Missions[b]
Bellingham Mariners[c]
1978 San Jose Missions Stockton Ports Bellingham Mariners
1977 Bellingham Mariners[a]

Footnotes[edit]

  • a Managed by Bobby Floyd, the 1977 Bellingham Mariners won the Northwest League championship.[21]
  • b Managed by Bob Didier, the 1979 San Jose Missions finished first in the California League with a record of 89–51 and won the league championship.[22]
  • c Managed by Jeff Scott, the 1979 Bellingham Mariners finished first in the Northwest League with a record of 41–31.[23]
  • d Managed by Jeff Scott, the 1980 Bellingham Mariners finished first in the Northwest League with a record of 45–25 and were co-league champions.[24]
  • e Managed by Bill Plummer, the 1981 Wausau Timbers finished first in the Midwest League with a record of 84–48 and were league champions.[25]
  • f Managed by Jeff Scott, the 1981 Bellingham Mariners finished first in the Northwest League with a record of 39–31 and lost in the league finals.[26]
  • g Managed by Mickey Bowers, the 1982 Lynn Sailors finished first in the Eastern League with a record of 82–57 and lost in the league finals.[27]
  • h Managed by Jeff Scott, the 1983 Bellingham Mariners finished first in the Northwest League with a record of 40–28 and lost in the league finals.[28]
  • i Managed by R. J. Harrison, the 1985 Salinas Spurs finished first in the California League with a record of 89–55 and lost in the league semi-finals.[29]
  • j Managed by Sal Rende, the 1986 Bellingham Mariners finished first in the Northwest League with a record of 45–29 and won the league championship.[30]
  • k Managed by Bill Plummer, the 1987 Calgary Cannons finished first in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division with a record of 84–57 and lost in the league finals.[31]
  • l Managed by Ralph Dickenson, the 1989 San Bernardino Spirit finished first in the California League Southern Division with a record of 83–59 and lost in the league semi-finals.[32]
  • m Managed by Keith Bodie, the 1991 Calgary Cannons finished first in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division with a record of 72–64 and lost in the league finals.[33]
  • n Managed by Marc Hill, the 1992 Peninsula Pilots won the Carolina League championship.[34]
  • o Managed by Dave Myers, the 1992 Bellingham Mariners finished first in the Northwest League Northern Division with a record of 43–33 and won the league championship.[35]
  • p Managed by Mike Goff, the 1993 Bellingham Mariners finished first in the Northwest League Northern Division with a record of 44–32 and lost in the league finals.[36]
  • q Managed by Dave Myers, the 1994 Riverside Pilots finished first in the California League Southern Division with a record of 87–49 and lost in the league semi-finals.[37]
  • r Managed by Gary Varsho, the 1997 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers finished first in the Midwest League Central Division with a record of 76–63 and lost in the first round of the playoffs.[38]
  • s Managed by Dan Rohn, the 2000 New Haven Ravens won the Eastern League championship.[39]
  • t Managed by Mark Parent, the 2000 Lancaster JetHawks finished first in the California League Southern Division with a record of 89–51 and lost in the league semi-finals.[40]
  • u Managed by Omer Muñoz, the 2000 AZL Mariners won the Arizona League championship.[41]
  • v Managed by Dan Rohn, the 2001 Tacoma Rainiers won the Pacific Coast League Northern Division with a record of 85–59 and were co-league champions with the New Orleans Zephyrs.[42]
  • w Managed by Dave Brundage, the 2002 San Antonio Missions won the Texas League championship.[43]
  • x Managed by Omer Muñoz, the 2002 Everett AquaSox won the Northwest League Western Division with a record of 44–32 and lost in the league finals.[44]
  • y Managed by Dave Brundage, the 2003 San Antonio Missions won the Texas League Western Division with a record of 88–51 and won the league championship.[45]
  • z Managed by Steve Roadcap, the 2003 Inland Empire 66ers won the California League Southern Division with a record of 78–62 and won the league championship.[46]
  • aa Managed by Dan Rohn, the 2005 Tacoma Rainiers won the Pacific Northwest League Northern Division with a record of 80–64 and lost in the league finals.[47]
  • bb Managed by Scott Steinmann, the 2005 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers won the Midwest League Western Division with a record of 76–63 and lost in the league finals.[48]
  • cc Managed by Gary Thurman, the 2006 Inland Empire 66ers won the California League championship.[49]
  • dd Managed by José Moreno, the 2007 AZL Mariners won the Arizona League championship.[50]
  • ee Managed by Rob Mummau, the 2008 Pulaski Mariners finished first in the Appalachian League Eastern Division with a record of 40–27 and lost in the league finals.
  • ff Managed by Daren Brown, the 2009 Tacoma Rainiers finished first in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Northern Division with a record of 74–70 and lost in the league semi-finals.[51]
  • gg Managed by Jim Horner, the 2009 High Desert Mavericks won the California League Southern Division with a record of 83–57 and lost in the league finals.[52]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General references
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Inline citations
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  32. ^ "1989 San Bernardino". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  33. ^ "1991 Calgary". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  34. ^ "1992 Peninsula". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
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  37. ^ "1994 Riverside". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  38. ^ "1997 Wisconsin". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  39. ^ "2000 New Haven". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  40. ^ "2000 Lancaster". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
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  43. ^ "2002 San Antonio". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
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  52. ^ "2009 High Desert". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 

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