Portland Rockies

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Portland Rockies
19952000
Portland, Oregon
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Previous A (1995–2000)
Minor league affiliations
League Northwest League
Major league affiliations
Previous Colorado Rockies (1995–2000)
Minor league titles
League titles 1997
Division titles 1997, 1999
Team data
Previous names
Bend Rockies (1992–94)
Previous parks
Civic Stadium in Portland
Vince Genna Stadium in Bend

The Portland Rockies were a minor league baseball team that played in Portland, Oregon, for six seasons, from 1995 through 2000. They were a single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies and played in the short-season Northwest League. Their name and logo mimicked the mountain theme of the Colorado club, even though Portland is not located in the Rocky Mountains. A rose was added to the team's cap logo to signify Portland's nickname, the "Rose City."

The Rockies were previously located in central Oregon in Bend for three seasons (1992–1994), based at Vince Genna Stadium and known as the "Bend Rockies."[1][2] The Bend Rockies were the parent club's first minor league team;[3] and succeeded the Bucks, Bend's Northwest League team from 1987 through 1991.[4]

The Rockies moved into Civic Stadium (now known as Providence Park) in Portland in 1995. Its previous baseball tenant, the Portland Beavers of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, were moved to Salt Lake City after the 1993 season by then-owner Joe Buzas.[5] The Rockies had some success in Portland, including a league championship in 1997. Although few single-A teams play in cities as large, the Rockies were able to maintain local interest in baseball.[6]

In 2000, PGE Park was renovated and a new incarnation of the AAA Beavers moved into the stadium in 2001. The Rockies moved to Pasco, Washington, and became the Tri-City Dust Devils.

Notable former Portland Rockies include MLB players Chone Figgins, Juan Pierre, Clint Barmes, Brad Hawpe, Jake Westbrook, and Garrett Atkins.

Year-by-year record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1995 41–34 3rd P. J. Carey
1996 33–43 7th Ron Gideon
1997 44–32 3rd Jim Eppard League Champs
1998 34–42 5th(t) Jim Eppard
1999 39–37 4th Alan Cockrell Lost Playoffs
2000 32–44 8th Billy White

Former players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maben, Scott (September 5, 1993). "Will the Rockies hit the road?". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. p. A-1. 
  2. ^ "Bend Rockies baseball moves over to Portland". Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Idaho-Washington. Associated Press. September 14, 1994. p. 3B. 
  3. ^ "Colorado Rockies select Bend as teams 1st minor league club". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. December 10, 1991. p. 2D. 
  4. ^ "Bye-bye Bend Bucks; hello Bend Rockies". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. December 9, 1991. p. D1. 
  5. ^ "Calgary still holding key to Rockies' possible move". The Bulletin. Bend, Oregon. August 5, 1993. p. D1. 
  6. ^ Fears, Shannon (July 23, 1995). "Fans flock to Rockies games". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 3E. 

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