The Vancouver Canadians are a Minor League Baseball team based in the Northwest League (NWL) and the Class A Short Season affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. They are located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and play their home games at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium. The Canadians were established in 1978 as members of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL). They joined the NWL in 2000.
The Canadians have won the NWL championship on four occasions (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2017). They previously won the PCL championship three times (1985, 1989, and 1999). The 1999 team also won the Triple-A World Series.
Founded in 1978
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Current||Class A Short Season (2000–present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Northwest League (2000–present)|
|Pacific Coast League (1978–1999)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Toronto Blue Jays (2011–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|Class titles (1)|
|League titles (7)|
|Conference titles (1)|
|Division titles (10)|
|Nickname||Vancouver Canadians (1978–present)|
|Colors||Red, dark red, black, silver, white|
|Mascot||Bob Brown Bear|
|Ballpark||Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium (2000–present)|
|Vancouver Professional Baseball Partnership|
|General Manager||Allan Bailey|
Vancouver was an influential entity in the early history of the Northwest League. They were charter members of every version of the league that would eventually form the NWL, most notably as the sole team that survived the collapse of the Western International League (WIL) in 1922 when it reformed in 1937, winning four pennants in the WIL (1942, 1947, 1949, and 1954) as the Vancouver Capilanos (1939–1954). However, even though they were the final champions of the WIL, Vancouver was not part of its reformation into the Northwest League, due to the NWL's shedding of all of its Canadian teams in order to focus on the American Pacific Northwest. Vancouver was without professional baseball in 1955, but in 1956 the highest calibre of minor league play, in the form of the Open classification Pacific Coast League, came to British Columbia when Oakland Oaks transferred there as the Vancouver Mounties. The Mounties played in the PCL from 1956 through 1962, and from 1965 through 1969.
The Vancouver Canadians played from 1978 to 1999 as members of the Pacific Coast League at Nat Bailey Stadium. Over the course of 22 seasons, the Canadians won three PCL championships (1985, 1989, and 1999) and the 1999 Triple-A World Series.
Following the 1999 season, the PCL franchise was purchased by a group led by Art Savage and moved to Sacramento, California, for the 2000 season where they became known as the Sacramento River Cats. In a counter move, Medford, Oregon's, Southern Oregon Timberjacks relocated to Vancouver where they continued as the Canadians in the Class A Short Season Northwest League.
The NWL C's were affiliated with the Oakland Athletics from 2000 to 2010. The Canadians had players such as Nick Swisher, Jeremy Brown, Jason Windsor, Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, Travis Buck, Dallas Braden, and Dan Straily on teams during this period.
In 2007, local Vancouver businessmen Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney purchased the Vancouver Canadians and secured a 25-year lease with the City of Vancouver Parks Board. Extensive work began that offseason in a full-scale stadium renovation which improved washrooms, concessions, concourses, and children's play area. Point-of-purchase concessions increased substantially.
In January 2008, former Washington Nationals executive Andy Dunn become the President and General Manager of the Canadians.
In the spring of 2010, the Vancouver Canadians and Scotiabank announced a long-term partnership that would see Nat Bailey Stadium renamed to Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
The Canadians became the Short Season A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays following the 2010 season. This helped see the team's attendance rise to 162,162 for the season, a team record. In September 2011, the Vancouver Canadians won their first Northwest League championship title, defeating the Tri-City Dust Devils, 9–2, to win the final series, 2–1. The following year, the Vancouver Canadians became back-to-back champions for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Boise Hawks, 12–9, to win the final series ,2–1.
On September 9, 2013 the Canadians became just the third Northwest League team to win three straight championships, defeating the Boise Hawks, 5–0, at Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium to win the final series, 2–1, in front of a sellout crowd. The 2013 season also saw the Vancouver Canadians draw over 195,000 fans to Scotiabank Field, a fifth consecutive team record which included 23 sold-out games.
On November 4, 2013, the Vancouver Canadians were named the 2013 recipient of the John H. Johnson President's Award. The prestigious award is given to Minor League Baseball's top organization. It was the first time that a Canadian-based franchise won MiLB's top award.
In 2016, the Canadians led the Northwest League with a total attendance of 222,363, averaging 6,177 per game. This earned them the 2016 Esurance "Home Field Advantage Award" given to the organization in each affiliated minor league with the greatest attendance per percentage capacity. In 2017, the Canadians won another championship, defeating Eugene, 2–1, to win the series, 3–1. They beat their previous record in attendance with 239,527 people in total attendance for the 2017 season, averaging to 6,303 per game. On January 26, 2018, Toronto extended their player-development contract with Vancouver through the 2022 season.
While the Canadians were unable to make the playoffs in 2018, coming in a close second in both the first and second half of the season, they still lead the league in attendance with an impressive 239,086 in total attendance.
Vancouver Canadians roster
7-day injured list
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|World Series championships (2)|
|American League pennants (2)|
|Division titles (6)|
|Wild Card berths (1)|
|Minor league affiliates|
Sports teams based in British Columbia
|Awards and honors|