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Canadians win John H. Johnson President’s Award

Big honor for the Vancouver Canadians (short season A; Northwest League), the winners of the 40th annual John H. Johnson President’s Award from Minor League Baseball. The John H. Johnson President’s Award has been annually presented since 1974 to honor the complete baseball franchise. The award’s criteria are based on franchise stability, contributions to league […]

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The Week That Was: Sept. 1-6, 2013

Lease negotiations in Anaheim, a potential extension of pro ball in Tucson, attendance records going by the wayside, and more. The top stories this week on Ballpark Digest, as measured by page views. Angels casually threaten move during lease negotiationsMountainStar Sports Group extends Kino Stadium leaseBrown leaving River Bandits, Modern Woodmen ParkAliens take in Canadians […]

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Canadians, Blue Jays extend PDC

The Vancouver Canadians (short season A; Northwest League) and the Toronto Blue Jays have extended their player-development contract (PDC) through the 2016 season. The agreement is the first extension between the two Canadian organizations and ensures that Vancouver will develop the future of the Toronto Blue Jays for at least the next four seasons. “The […]

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Canadians set another attendance mark

Good news coming out of one of our favorite ballparks: for the second year in a row, the Vancouver Canadians (short season A; Northwest League) set a team attendance record at Nat Bailey Stadium. The team drew 164,461 fans this season — better than last year’s record 162,162 fans. It’s the fifth straight year of increased […]

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It’s official: Canadians now farm team for Toronto

You read it here first, and it was officially announced today: the Toronto Blue Jays have signed a player-development contract with the Vancouver Canadians, as the only two Canadian teams in affiliated ball join forces. The announcement confirms what we reported yesterday. Here’s the word from the official press release: Partnering with Vancouver is a […]

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Jays wooing Canadians as affiliate

The only two affiliated teams in Canada may be uniting forces, as the Toronto Blue Jays are close to signing a player-development contract with the Vancouver Canadians (short season A; Northwest League). The move makes sense if you are Canadian: it gives the Blue Jays a coast-to-coast presence north of the border, and it gives […]

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Nat Bailey Stadium / Vancouver Canadians

Nat Bailey Stadium began life as Capilano Stadium, the home of the legendary Vancouver Capilanos of the Western International League. (What’s a Capilano? It was a local brewery.) It’s been the psychic center of baseball in British Columbia since there, serving as the home of the Vancouver Capilanos (“Caps”), the Vancouver Mounties of the Pacific […]

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Northwest League

Today’s Northwest League is actually the third name this league has gone by since its inception in 1918. It began life as the Pacific Coast International League and played under that name for its first and third seasons, playing under the name of the Northwest International League in 1919. (Those early days were not the […]

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