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Northwest League

This article is about the active Minor League Baseball league. For the defunct Minor League Baseball league, see Pacific Northwest League.
Northwest League
Formerly Western International League (WIL) (1937–1954)
Sport Baseball
Founded 1955; 65 years ago (1955)
President Mike Ellis
No. of teams 8
Countries United States, Canada
Most recent champion(s) Hillsboro Hops
Most titles 8 (tie) – Spokane, Yakima
Level on pyramid Single A Short Season
Official website

Northwest League of Professional Baseball (or simply the Northwest League or NWL) is a Class A-Short Season minor baseball league. The league is the descendant of the Western International League (WIL), which ran as a class B league from 1937–1951 (with time out for World War II), and class A from 1952–1954. The league reformed, changed its name, and dropped back down to class B for the 1955 season.[1][2]

The Northwest League (or the Northwestern League) has existed in various forms since 1890, and has been in its current incarnation since 1955;[3] it switched to the short season schedule in 1966.[4]

The original seven charter teams were the Salem Senators, Eugene Emeralds, Yakima Bears, Spokane Indians, Tri-City Braves, Wenatchee Chiefs, and Lewiston Broncs.[5][6] During its fiftieth season in 2004, five of the seven original cities were still in the league.

The league is classified as a Short-Season A league, which means that its season does not start until June, after major-league teams have signed their amateur draft picks to professional contracts, and ends in September. It has eight teams, each of which is associated with an MLB team.

Current teams

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Seating
North Everett AquaSox Seattle Mariners Everett, Washington Everett Memorial Stadium 3,682 92,489 2,569
Spokane Indians Texas Rangers Spokane, Washington Avista Stadium 6,803 187,371 5,064
Tri-City Dust Devils San Diego Padres Pasco, Washington Gesa Stadium 3,654 83,987 2,270
Vancouver Canadians Toronto Blue Jays Vancouver, British Columbia Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium 5,157 184,042 4,843
South Boise Hawks Colorado Rockies Boise, Idaho Memorial Stadium 4,500 91,324 2,468
Eugene Emeralds Chicago Cubs Eugene, Oregon PK Park 4,000 112,028 2,948
Hillsboro Hops Arizona Diamondbacks Hillsboro, Oregon Ron Tonkin Field 4,500 135,167 3,557
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes San Francisco Giants Keizer, Oregon Volcanoes Stadium 4,250 98,024 2,580


Current team rosters

Former Northwest League Teams (1955–)

Cities that have hosted NWL Teams

Eugene is the most-tenured city in the NWL, having fielded a team in all but five of the NWL's seasons (from 1969–73, they had a PCL franchise)

Notable alumni

Four alumni of the Northwest League are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame:

Other notable alumni include:

Sandy Alomar, Jr.Spokane Indians, 1984
Garret AndersonBoise Hawks, 1990
Kevin AppierEugene Emeralds, 1987
Pedro AstacioYakima Bears, 1990
Garrett AtkinsPortland Rockies, 2000
Jim BoutonPortland Mavericks, 1973 & 1977
Jason BartlettEugene Emeralds, 2001
Dante BichetteSalem Angels, 1984
Carlos BeltranSpokane Indians, 1996
Dallas BradenVancouver Canadians, 2004
José CansecoMedford A's, 1983
Aaron CookPortland Rockies, 1998
Eric DavisEugene Emeralds, 1980–81
Mark DeRosaEugene Emeralds, 1996
Dick DietzEugene Emeralds, 1962
Andre EthierVancouver Canadians, 2003
Todd FieldPortland Mavericks batboy, 1976–77
Chone FigginsPortland Rockies, 1998
Chuck FinleySalem Angels, 1985
George FosterMedford Giants, 1968
Matt FrancoPortland Mavericks batboy, 1977
Julio FrancoCentral Oregon Phillies, 1979
Tom GordonEugene Emeralds, 1987
Jason GiambiSouthern Oregon A's, 1992
Carlos GonzálezYakima Bears, 2004
Khalil GreeneEugene Emeralds, 2002
Ken Griffey, Jr.Bellingham Mariners, 1987
Pedro GuerreroBellingham Dodgers, 1974
Bob HamelinEugene Emeralds, 1988
Felix HernandezEverett AquaSox, 2003
John KrukWalla Walla Padres, 1981
Paul KonerkoYakima Bears, 1994
Adam JonesEverett AquaSox, 2003
John LackeyBoise Hawks, 1999
Tim LincecumSalem-Keizer Volcanoes, 2006
Edgar MartinezBellingham Mariners, 1983
Kirk McCaskillSalem Angels, 1982
Rick MondayLewiston Broncos, 1965
Mike Mungin - Southern Oregon A's,1988
Bill Murray - Grays Harbor Loggers, 1978
Joe NathanBellingham Giants, 1995; Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 1997
Troy PercivalBoise Hawks, 1991
Eduardo PérezBoise Hawks, 1991
Mike PiazzaSalem Dodgers, 1989
Juan PierrePortland Rockies, 1998
Buster PoseySalem-Keizer Volcanoes, 2008
Francisco RodríguezBoise Hawks, 1999
Kurt RussellBend Rainbows, Walla Walla Islanders, Portland Mavericks, 1971–73, 1977
Tim Salmon – Bend Bucks, 1989
Jeff SamardzijaBoise Hawks, 2006
Casey SanderSeattle Rainiers, 1975
Pablo SandovalSalem-Keizer Volcanoes, 2005
Mike SciosciaBellingham Dodgers, 1976
Kurt SuzukiVancouver Canadians, 2004
Mike SweeneyEugene Emeralds, 1992–93
Nick SwisherVancouver Canadians, 2002
Miguel TejadaSouthern Oregon A's, 1995
Matt WilliamsEverett Giants, 1986
Dan UgglaYakima Bears, 2001
Shane VictorinoYakima Bears, 2000
Russell WilsonTri-City Dust Devils, 2010
Mike ZuninoEverett AquaSox, 2012

See also


  1. ^ "Spokane gets berth in new ball league". Spokane Daily Chronicle. November 8, 1954. p. 18. 
  2. ^ "Indians "on first" in baseball plans". Spokesman-Review. November 9, 1954. p. 14. 
  3. ^ Missildine, Harry (April 20, 1972). "Northwest League goes back to 1890". Spokesman-Review. p. 22. 
  4. ^ "Northwest League assured for 1966". Eugene Register-Guard. November 30, 1965. p. 3B. 
  5. ^ "Northwest loop begins to shape into a tight seven-team battle". Spokane Daily Chronicle. June 11, 1955. p. 8. 
  6. ^ Rodman, Bob (June 17, 1981). "29 years of minor league baseball". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1E. 
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