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Pacific Coast League
Pacific coast league
Sport Baseball
Founded 1903
No. of teams 16
Country Flag of the United States United States
Current champions Tacoma Rainiers
Official website www.pclbaseball.com

The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. It is one of two leagues, along with the International League, playing at the AAA level, which is the highest level below the American major leagues.

HistoryEdit

The PCL has had a long tradition on the West Coast, with teams with evocative names such as the Hollywood Stars, Los Angeles Angels, Mission Reds (representing San Francisco's Mission District), Oakland Oaks, Portland Beavers, Sacramento Solons, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Seals, and Seattle Rainiers.

A Near-Major LeagueEdit

In the early 20th century, the Pacific Coast League developed into one of the premier regional baseball leagues. With no Major League Baseball team existing west of St. Louis, the PCL was unrivalled as the vehicle for West Coast baseball. Although never recognized as a true major league, the quality of play was considered very high. Drawing from a strong pool of talent in the area, the PCL produced a number of outstanding players, including future major-league stars Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Tony Lazzeri, Paul Waner, Earl Averill and Ernie Lombardi.

While many PCL stars went on to play in the major leagues, teams in the league were often successful enough that they could offer competitive salaries to avoid being outbid for their stars' services. In addition, the mild climate of the West Coast, especially in California, allowed the league to play longer seasons, sometimes starting in late February and ending as late as the beginning of December. This let players earn an extra month or two worth of pay and reduced the need to find offseason work, something which even some major league players found necessary because of the low salaries, by today's standards, paid to many players. The longer playing season also provided room for additional games on the schedule, giving team owners a chance at generating more revenue. Teams sometimes played over 200 games in a single season. One consequence is that a number of the all-time minor league records for season statistical totals are held by players from the PCL.

In 1952, the PCL became the only minor league in history to be given the "open" classification, a step above the AAA level. This limited the rights of major league clubs to draft players from the PCL, and was seen as a step toward the circuit becoming a third major league.

Sudden DeclineEdit

The shift to the Open classification came just as minor league teams from coast to coast suffered a sharp drop in attendance, primarily due to the availability of major league games on television. The hammer blow to the PCL's major league dreams came in 1958, when the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and the New York Giants moved to San Francisco. As a result, three of the PCL's flagship teams (the Los Angeles Angels, the Hollywood Stars, and the San Francisco Seals) were immediately forced to relocate to smaller markets. Additionally, the PCL did not benefit from the comparison with the major leagues, which now occupied the same territory and drew away much of the attention of its former fans. The league never recovered from this blow. It reverted to AAA classification, and soon diminished in the public eye to nothing more than another minor league.

Of the cities represented in the PCL in its heyday, only Salt Lake City, Portland and Sacramento remain, and even these are represented by different franchises than those that had originally called these cities home. The Oakland Oaks had moved to Canada two years before the arrival of the Giants. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Rainiers were displaced by Major League teams in 1968, but by this time the PCL's decline was already far advanced.

Recent ExpansionEdit

In 1997, the Pacific Coast League agreed to take teams from the disbanding American Association, which had operated in the Midwest. The league now stretches from western Washington to Middle Tennessee. The league is divided into two conferences, the American Conference and Pacific Conference; after a realignment for 2005 necessitated by the move of the Edmonton Trappers to Round Rock, Texas, each is divided into a Northern Division and a Southern Division. The Trappers' move also ended the league's presence in Canada; as recently as 1999 the league had teams north of the border in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, but they left for Sacramento in 2000, Albuquerque in 2003 and Round Rock in 2005 respectively. In 2005, the Pacific Coast League became the first minor league ever to achieve a season attendance over 7 million.

Current teamsEdit

American Conference
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs Des Moines, Iowa Principal Park 11,500
Memphis Redbirds St. Louis Cardinals Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park 14,320
Nashville Sounds Milwaukee Brewers Nashville, Tennessee Herschel Greer Stadium 10,700
Omaha Storm Chasers Kansas City Royals Papillion, Nebraska Werner Park 9,023
South Albuquerque Isotopes Los Angeles Dodgers Albuquerque, New Mexico Isotopes Park1 12,379
New Orleans Zephyrs Florida Marlins Metairie, Louisiana Zephyr Field 10,000
Oklahoma City RedHawks Houston Astros Oklahoma City, Oklahoma RedHawks Ballpark 13,066
Round Rock Express Texas Rangers Round Rock, Texas Dell Diamond 11,000
Pacific Conference
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Colorado Springs Sky Sox Colorado Rockies Colorado Springs, Colorado Security Service Field 8,500
Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks Reno, Nevada Aces Ballpark 9,100
Salt Lake Bees Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Salt Lake City, Utah Spring Mobile Ballpark2 15,500
Tacoma Rainiers Seattle Mariners Tacoma, Washington Cheney Stadium 9,600
South Fresno Grizzlies San Francisco Giants Fresno, California Chukchansi Park 12,500
Las Vegas 51s Toronto Blue Jays Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field 9,334
Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics West Sacramento, California Raley Field 14,414
Tucson Padres San Diego Padres Tucson, Arizona Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium 11,500
1 Hosting the 2011 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game
2 Hosting the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game

2006 StandingsEdit

Final Standings for 2006

American ConferenceEdit

Northern Division W L Win % GB
Nashville Sounds 76 68 .528 ---
Iowa Cubs 76 68 .528 ---
Memphis Redbirds 58 86 .403 18.0
Omaha Royals 53 91 .368 23.0
Southern Division W L Win % GB
Round Rock Express 85 59 .590 ---
Oklahoma RedHawks 74 70 .514 11.0
New Orleans Zephyrs 72 71 .503 12.5
Albuquerque Isotopes 70 72 .493 14.0

Pacific ConferenceEdit

Northern Division W L Win % GB
Salt Lake Bees 81 63 .563 ---
Tacoma Rainiers 74 70 .514 7
Portland Beavers 68 76 .472 13.0
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 66 77 .462 14.5
Southern Division W L Win % GB
Tucson Sidewinders 91 53 .632 ---
Sacramento River Cats 78 66 .542 13.0
Las Vegas 51s 67 77 .465 24.0
Fresno Grizzlies 61 83 .424 30.0

1903-1957 TeamsEdit

Present Franchise GenealogyEdit

The roots of many of today's Pacific Coast League teams can be traced back to "classic" PCL franchises.

Albuquerque Isotopes

Calgary Cannons 1985-2002
Salt Lake Gulls 1975-84
Salt Lake Angels 1970-74
Vancouver Mounties 1965-69
Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers 1962-64
Vancouver Mounties 1956-61
Oakland Oaks 1903-55

Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Hawaii Islanders 1961-86
Sacramento Solons 1918-60
Portland Beavers 1905-17
Portland Giants 1904
Portland Browns 1903

Fresno Grizzlies

Phoenix Firebirds 1986-97
Phoenix Giants 1966-85
Tacoma Giants 1960-65
Phoenix Giants 1958-59
San Francisco Seals 1903-57

Las Vegas 51s

Las Vegas Stars 1983-2000
Spokane Indians 1973-82
Portland Beavers 1915-72

Reno Aces

Tucson Sidewinders 1998-2009
Tucson Toros 1969-97
Seattle Angels 1965-68
Seattle Rainiers 1938-64
Seattle Indians 1919-37

Round Rock Express

Edmonton Trappers 1981-2004
Ogden A's 1979-80
San Jose Missions 1977-78
Sacramento Solons 1974-77
Eugene Emeralds 1969-73
San Diego Padres 1936-68
Hollywood Stars 1926-35
Salt Lake Bees 1915-25
Sacramento Sacts 1909-14

Tacoma Rainiers

Tacoma Tigers 1980-94
Tacoma Tugs 1979
Tacoma Yankees 1978
Tacoma Twins 1972-77
Tacoma Cubs 1966-71
Salt Lake Bees 1958-65
Hollywood Stars 1938-57
Mission Reds 1926-37
Vernon (and Venice) Tigers 1909-25

Tucson Padres

Portland Beavers 2000-10
Albuquerque Dukes 1971-99
Spokane Indians 1958-70
Los Angeles Angels 1903-57

Presidents of the PCLEdit

  • 1903-1906 Eugene F. Bert
  • 1907-1909 J. Cal Ewing
  • 1910-1911 Judge Thomas F. Graham
  • 1912-1919 Allan T. Baum
  • 1920-1923 William H. McCarthy
  • 1924-1931 Harry A. Williams
  • 1932-1935 Hyland H. Baggerly
  • 1936-1943 William C. Tuttle
  • 1944-1954 Clarence H. Rowland
  • 1955-1955 Claire V. Goodwin
  • 1956-1959 Leslie M. O’ Connor
  • 1960-1968 Dewey Soriano
  • 1968-1973 William B. McKechnie, Jr.
  • 1974-1978 Roy Jackson
  • 1979-1997 William S. Cutler
  • 1998-Present Branch B. Rickey

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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