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Unique facts about the Class A Short Season circuit's eight teams
July 21, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the 12th installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

2020 Minor League Baseball season shelved

June 30, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Major League Baseball™ (MLB™) has informed Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020. "These are unprecedented times for

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy NWL seasons

Recalling Class A Short Season circuit's memorable performances
June 23, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were scheduled to begin last week. Like everything else in affiliated ball, those seasons have been put on indefinite hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the short-season leagues right now anyway. The New York-Penn, Northwest, Appalachian

Start of Northwest League season delayed indefinitely

June 12, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the start of the 2020 Northwest League season is being delayed indefinitely. The League and its clubs will continue to monitor the situation and work with our Major League Baseball affiliates, while following the recommendations of public health officials and adhering to local reopening

Trail blazer Židek laying down the law

Czech-born umpire aims to be first from nation to reach Majors
February 21, 2020

Zdeněk Židek -- that's Zee Zdenek on box scores -- knows the letter of the law in the courtroom. And also on the baseball field. Although becoming an umpire may not seem like the wildest possible dream for an American kid, it's certainly a reach when you grow up in

Lake was fish in Spokane's summer pond

Washington's new football coach made mark in ticket sales
January 22, 2020

On Sept. 5, 2020, Jimmy Lake will step onto the field at Husky Stadium as the head coach of the Washington Huskies, preparing his team to face Big Ten power Michigan.That position will be a far cry from where he was 20 years ago: making his way out of the

North Johnson Named New Northwest League President

December 5, 2019

HILLSBORO, Ore. - The Northwest League (NWL) announced that North Johnson will become the new league president at the start of 2020. The NWL conducted a nationwide search, bringing interest from over 60 well-qualified candidates. Johnson, a 42-year MiLB veteran, stood out amongst the competition with his extensive resume of

Former Spokane Indians Staff Member Jimmy Lake Named UW Football Head Coach

Spokane native sold tickets for the team in 2000
December 3, 2019

SPOKANE, Wash. - He used to sell tickets for the Spokane Indians. Now, he's top dawg for one of the Pac-12's premier programs. Former Indians front office team member Jimmy Lake, who worked as an account executive for the team in 2000, was introduced as the new head football coach

Northwest League president announces retirement

October 8, 2019

HILLSBORO, Ore. -- President of the Northwest League Mike Ellis announced he will retire as of December 2019. Ellis, who has been in the role since 2013 and whose involvement with Minor League Baseball spans more than 25 years, is choosing to step down from his position after a well-led

Head of the Class: Class A Short Season

Giants' Labour, D-backs' Frias blossomed during the summer
September 25, 2019

With another Minor League season in the books, members of the staff are looking back at some of the most notable performers from the 2019 campaign for each level. We looked at the Triple-A, Double-A, Class A Advanced, Class A and Rookie Advanced  levels. Here, we turn our attention to players

Hops capture third NWL championship

January singles in go-ahead run in winner-take-all Game 5
September 12, 2019

On the night Hillsboro secured a spot in the Northwest League Championship Series, first-year manager Javier Colina made a bold statement."This team] is going to deliver," he said. "We have the best team in the league. There's no doubt in my mind."It took all five games, but the Hops proved

Acosta, Dust Devils stay alive in NWL Finals

Padres prospect homers, helps force decisive Game 5 vs. Hops
September 11, 2019

From the nine-hole, Matthew Acosta led the charge in keeping Tri-City's season alive on Tuesday.The Padres' 12th-round pick in this year's Draft belted a two-run homer and scored twice to help the Dust Devils to a 6-0 win over Hillsboro at Gesa Stadium in Game 4 of the best-of-5 Northwest

English channels dramatic victory for Hops

Ninth-inning homer puts Hillsboro on brink of Northwest crown
September 10, 2019

When the stakes were highest in the ninth inning, clutch hitting was Tristin English's first language.The Arizona infield prospect smacked a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Class A Short Season Hillsboro to a 2-1 victory over Tri-City on Monday at Gesa Stadium. The Hops lead the best-of-5

Homza gets Dust Devils even in NWL

Padres prospect hits first-inning slam in Game 2 of Finals
September 8, 2019

Sunday was a grand night for Jonny Homza and the Tri-City Dust Devils.After going the entire regular season without a home run, the Padres prospect hit a first-inning grand slam to send the Dust Devils on their way to a 9-1 win over Hillsboro at Ron Tonkin Field that evened

Hops' Yerzy hits walk-off blast in Game 1

Three-run shot stuns Dust Devils in opener of Northwest Finals
September 7, 2019

Andy Yerzy hadn't hit a home run in nearly a month. The drought ended in dramatic fashion on Saturday night. The D-Backs prospect smacked a three-run walk-off blast in the ninth inning to give Hillsboro a stunning 5-3 victory over Tri-City in Game 1 of the best-of-5 Northwest League Championship Series

Dust Devils walk into Northwest Finals

Guilbe draws bases-loaded free pass in 10th inning in Game 3
September 7, 2019

Class A Short Season Tri-City jumped out to an early lead against Spokane on Friday night, but things got pretty quiet after that. Once it got to the ninth inning, however, events quickly kicked into high gear.After Tri-City squandered a lead in the top of the ninth, Sean Guilbe drew

January, Hillsboro continue on in September

Catcher plates three runs as Hops make first Finals since 2015
September 6, 2019

Class A Short Season Hillsboro hadn't hopped into the Northwest League Finals since 2015. Ryan January helped change that fortune Thursday.The Arizona catching prospect plated three runs as the Hops punched their ticket to the Championship Series by sweeping Salem-Keizer with a 6-3 victory in the best-of-3 series.

Peguero puts Hops on brink of NWL Finals

D-backs No. 18 prospect completes late rally with walk-off in ninth
September 5, 2019

Liover Peguero couldn't get his starter a win, but he made sure a dazzling effort wasn't wasted.The No. 18 Arizona prospect stroked a walk-off double that lifted Class A Short Season Hillsboro past Salem-Keizer, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Northwest League semifinals Wednesday at Ron Tonkin Field. 

Olivero, Crim lead Northwest All-Stars

D-backs, Rangers prospects take top honors after big seasons
August 29, 2019

Deyni Olivero and Blaine Crim took different routes to the Northwest League, but each of them ended up at the top after impressive 2019 seasons.Olivero, who leads the Class A Short Season circuit with seven wins and a 2.12 ERA in 14 appearances for Hillsboro, was named Pitcher of the

Giants' Luciano, Bishop land on IL

Top prospects shelved by Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer
August 24, 2019

Infielder Marco Luciano and outfielder Hunter Bishop, two of the Giants' top four prospects, were placed on the injured list Friday night by Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer.According to a tweet by the team, Luciano has a strained right quadriceps, while Bishop has turf toe on his left foot. It's

Giants promote teen Luciano to NWL

No. 65 overall prospect batted .322, led AZL in RBIs, runs
August 11, 2019

Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer added one of baseball's top prospects ahead of the Northwest League playoffs.The Giants on Sunday promoted 17-year-old shortstop Marco Luciano from the Rookie-level Arizona League, where's No. 65 overall prospect ranked among the leaders in nine offensive categories.

Emeralds make history on Pride Night

Team breaks ground with custom jerseys featuring rainbow logo
August 8, 2019

It came as a surprise to Allan Benavides that the Eugene Emeralds had made history.On June 22, the Northwest League club took the field wearing their normal uniforms, but with a little customization: the rainbow flag representing Pride Night in the team's logo.

Jackson powers Pioneer to All-Star win

Angels No. 5 prospect hits grand slam, earns MVP honor
August 7, 2019

BOISE, Idaho -- The Pioneer League brought the lumber to Memorial Stadium, hitting the home run cycle -- solo, two-run, three-run and grand slam -- to survive a back-and-forth offensive battle and take home its second straight All-Star crown with an 11-7 triumph over the Northwest League."We were swinging it

Volcanoes' Canario erupts for four hits

Giants No. 7 prospect homers, doubles twice, plates three
August 3, 2019

Northwest League All-Star Franklin Labour may have been promoted, but Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer hasn't had a problem finding his replacement in the lineup, with Alexander Canario stepping up in a big way Saturday night. The Giants' No. 7 prospect went 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and three RBIs

D-backs' Robinson leads NWL All-Stars

No. 93 overall prospect has been a force for Hillsboro at just 18
July 31, 2019

Kristian Robinson's big season has already pushed him into's Top-100 prospect ranking. Now, it's earned him an All-Star spot as well.The No. 93 overall prospect highlights the 2019 Northwest League All-Star roster released by the Class A Short Season circuit Wednesday afternoon. The Hillsboro outfielder will lead an NWL