Medford Rogues (Great West League)

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Medford Rogues
Medford Rogues 2016 Logo.png Medford Rogues Cap Insignia.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Information
League Great West League (2016–2018)
Location Medford, Oregon
Ballpark Harry & David Field
Year founded 2012
League championships 1 (2017)
Division championships 0
Former name(s)
  • None
Former league(s)
Colors Green, Gray, Red and White
                   
Mascot Rowdy!
Ownership Consolidated Sports Holdings International, Inc.
(Bill Yuill, Chairman & CEO)
Manager Tyler Graham (head coach)
General Manager Mike MacCulloch (CSH)
Media KDRV, KTVL (television)
Mail Tribune (newspaper)
Website www.medfordrogues.com

The Medford Rogues are a collegiate wood bat baseball team based in Medford, Oregon. They are founding members of the Great West League and began play in 2013 at Harry & David Field. They begin play as an expansion team in the West Coast League, where they played from 2013 to 2015. They were named after the former Class-D Far West League affiliate of the New York Giants that played from 1950 to 1951. They are the 2017 GWL Champions.

History[edit]

Main Logo (2013-2015)

2013[edit]

The Rogues were founded in 2012 by Consolidated Sports Holdings International, Inc, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The chief investor is Bill Yuill, chairman and C.E.O. of The Monarch Corporation of Medicine Hat, Alberta. The president is Gary Gelinas. The first general manager was Chuck Heeman, former G.M. of fellow West Coast League franchise the Klamath Falls Gems. The Rogues replaced the now-defunct Southern Oregon Riverdawgs, who played at Harry & David Field previously.

2014[edit]

The Medford Rogues went 26-28 in their 2nd season of WCL play. They missed the play-offs by 5 games behind the wild card leader. Yuto Kata played as a support batter by sacrifice bunting 19 times and setting the WCL record for the most sacrifice bunts by any one batter in one season. Also, Spencer Smith got hit by pitch 18 times setting the record for the most times hit by the pitch by any batter. The Rogues put 41,490 people in the seats in 32 home openings with 1,297 a night.

2015[edit]

The Rogues welcomed Ian Church as their new general manager for the 2015 WCL season, replacing Chuck Heeman. On September 23, 2015, the Rogues announced that they would be joining the Great West League, a new collegiate summer league with teams from Oregon and California. They became the sixth team to join the league along with the Chico Heat, Lodi Crushers, Marysville Gold Sox, Portland Pickles and the new Sacramento Stealth.[1]

2016[edit]

The Rogues named Carolyn Birch as interim general manager in the spring of 2016. They opened play in the Great West League on June 3, 2016, with a victory over the Portland Pickles. It was also announced that the Rogues will be the inaugural hosts of the annual GWL All-Star Game scheduled for July 25 and 26.[2]

2017[edit]

The Rogues finished the regular season at 40-20, their best record in history. But Carolyn Birch stepped down as general manager in the final game of the regular season against Chico on August 5, 2017. Also, Jonathan Kurman took over as play-by-play commentator near season's end after Brian Schnee (who started the season with the Rogues) became news/sports anchor at KTVL News 10. The Rogues took their semi-final series with the Portland Pickles 2 games to one and faced off against their chief rivals the Chico Heat in a rematch of last year's GWL Championship Series. They swept the Heat 5-3 in Game 1 in Chico and 7-2 in Game 2 in Medford to capture their first championship in franchise history dating back to their inaugural season in the WCL in 2013.

Following the season, head coach Josh Hogan stepped down to accept the head coaching position. He was replaced by former Oregon State Beavers and Arizona Diamondbacks standout Tyler Graham.[3] In addition, Dave May, was named the team's new Chief Operating Officer.

2018[edit]

On October 4, 2018, the Rogues ownership announced that the Rogues are exploring other options with regards to their future as the Great West League ceased operations the same day. [4]

Front Office Staff [5][edit]

  • Dave May - Chief Operating Officer
  • Freddy Sandoval - Director of Baseball Development
  • Michelle Payne - Game Day Operations Manager
  • Jack Shaw - Facilities Manager
  • Kaitlin Nichols - Box Office Manager
  • Jonathan Kurman - Director of Communications & Media Relations

Broadcast Team[edit]

  • Jonathan Kurman - Play-By-Play Commentator

References[edit]

  1. ^ Medford Rogues Join Great West League Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine., Medford Rogues website, September 23, 2015
  2. ^ MEDFORD ROGUES TO HOST INAUGURAL GREAT WEST LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME - JULY 25-26, 2016 Archived 2016-07-02 at the Wayback Machine., GWL website, March 24, 2016
  3. ^ TYLER GRAHAM NAMED ROGUES MANAGER, GWL website, October 20, 2017
  4. ^ STATEMENT ON FUTURE OF ROGUES, Medford Rogues website, October 4, 2018
  5. ^ Rogues Front Office Archived 2015-10-08 at the Wayback Machine., Medford Rogues website

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