Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game
|Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game|
Logo for the 2016 championship
|Location(s)||Varies (see prose)|
|Inaugurated||September 19, 2006
(AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States)
|Most recent||September 20, 2016
(AutoZone Park, Memphis, Tennessee, United States)
|Previous event||September 22, 2015
(Southwest University Park, El Paso, Texas, United States)
|Next event||September 19, 2017
(PNC Field, Moosic, Pennsylvania, United States)
|Participants||The league champions of the International League and Pacific Coast League|
|Organized by||Triple-A Baseball|
The Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game, previously known as the Bricktown Showdown, is a single championship game held annually between the league champions of the International League (IL) and Pacific Coast League (PCL) Triple-A leagues of minor league baseball to determine an overall champion of class Triple-A baseball. The championship consists of a single nine-inning game to determine a champion. Which team will serve as the home team is determined by the outcome of the Triple-A All-Star Game; the team from the winning league is designated as the home team.
From 2006 to 2010, it was held annually at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, home of the PCL's Oklahoma City RedHawks, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since 2011, the game has been hosted in a different Triple-A city each year.
On July 12, 2006, a press release was issued announcing the creation of a single championship game between the league champions of the Triple-A International League and the Pacific Coast League to determine an overall champion of Triple-A baseball. The goal was for the Bricktown Showdown to develop and prosper like the Triple-A All-Star Game did since its creation in 1987. The initial Showdown was approved only as a one-time meeting by Major League Baseball.
This championship game was the first time since the Las Vegas Triple-A World Series (1998–2000) that the IL and PCL would meet to determine a Triple-A champion. A previous World Series was also held in 1983 and also included the now defunct American Association (AA). Prior to this, the IL and AA (excluding the PCL) held a series of championships between the two leagues, called the Triple-A Classic (1988–1991) and also the Little World Series or Junior World Series (1905–1975).
The first Bricktown Showdown—the name being derived from Oklahoma City's AT&T Bricktown Ballpark at which the even was held—was played on September 19, 2006. The PCL's Tucson Sidewinders defeated the IL's Toledo Mud Hens, 5–2, in front of an announced paid attendance of 12,572 and a national television audience watching on ESPN2. Following the event's success, subsequent meetings were planned.
The game was rebranded as the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game in 2009. This was done to increase the event's national appeal and to emphasize its significance as a championship game.
Since 2011, the game has been held in a different Triple-A city each year. The first city to host under this new format was Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the Albuquerque Isotopes of the PCL. Games have since been held in other Triple-A cities.
Appearances by team
Defunct teams appear in italics.
|Appearances||Team||League||Wins||Losses||Win %||Most recent
|3||Omaha Storm Chasers||PCL||2||1||.667||2014||2014|
|2||Sacramento River Cats||PCL||2||0||1.000||2008||2008|
|2||Pawtucket Red Sox||IL||0||2||.000||—||2014|
|1||El Paso Chihuahuas||PCL||0||1||.000||—||2016|
|1||Toledo Mud Hens||IL||0||1||.000||—||2006|
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