Vancouver Canadians
Founded in 2000
Vancouver, British Columbia
Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassHigh-A (2021–present)
Previous classesClass A Short Season (2000–2020)
LeagueHigh-A West (2021–present)
Previous leagues
Northwest League (2000–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamToronto Blue Jays (2011–present)
Previous teamsOakland Athletics (2000–2010)
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2017
Division titles (7)
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2017
Team data
ColorsRed, dark red, black, silver, white
         
MascotBob Brown Bear[1]
BallparkNat Bailey Stadium (2000–present), Ron Tonkin Field (2021)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Vancouver Professional Baseball Partnership
PresidentAndy Dunn
General ManagerAllan Bailey
ManagerCasey Candaele
A game at Nat Bailey Stadium in 2007
A game at Nat Bailey Stadium in 2007

The Vancouver Canadians are a Minor League Baseball team located in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are members of the High-A West and are affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays. The Canadians play their home games at Nat Bailey Stadium.

History

Prior the 1999 season, the Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League franchise was purchased by a group led by Art Savage with the intention of relocating to Sacramento, California.[2] Despite winning the Pacific Coast League title and the Triple-A World Series the Canadians moved to California's capital city. Vancouver would not be without baseball as the Southern Oregon Timberjacks of the Northwest League announced relocation to fill the void in Vancouver.[3] The Canadians name resumed as members of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in 2000.

Like the predecessor Pacific Coast League franchise, the new Canadians signed a player development contract with the Oakland Athletics. 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.

In August 2013, outfielder Kevin Pillar became the first alumnus of the team to play in the major leagues for Toronto.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

In 2016, the Canadians led the Northwest League with a total attendance of 222,363, averaging 6,177 per game.[7] 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.[8] In 2017, the Canadians won another championship, defeating Eugene, 2–1, to win the series, 3–1.[9] 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.[10]

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.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minor League Baseball season was cancelled. In the winter of 2020 as part the reorganization of minor league baseball, Vancouver received an invitation to continue as the Blue Jays' High-A affiliate.[11] In a further change, they were organized into the High-A West along with five other teams previously of the Northwest League.[12]

The team began the 2021 season playing its home games at Ron Tonkin Field (the home field of the Hillsboro Hops) in Hillsboro, Oregon due to COVID-19 border restrictions.[13]

Early professional baseball in Vancouver

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.

Ballpark

The Canadians play their home games at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Season-by-season record

Season PDC Division Finish Wins Losses Win% Post-season Manager Attendance
Vancouver Canadians
2000 OAK West 2nd 39 37 .513 Dave Joppie 109,576
2001 OAK West 2nd 37 39 .487 Webster Garrison 118,357
2002 OAK West 4th 37 39 .487 Orv Franchuk 127,099
2003 OAK West 3rd 35 41 .461 Dennis Rogers 137,026
2004 OAK West 1st 42 34 .553 Lost to Boise in championship series 0-3 Dennis Rogers 140,037
Vancouver Canadians
2005 OAK West 1st 46 30 .605 Lost to Spokane in championship series 2-3 Juan Navarrette 124,708
2006 OAK West 3rd 39 37 .513 Dennis Rogers 123,878
2007 OAK West 2nd 37 38 .493 Rick Magnante 126,491
Vancouver Canadians
2008 OAK West 3rd 34 42 .447 Rick Magnante 129,073
2009 OAK West 2nd 36 40 .474 Rick Magnante 149,297
2010 OAK West 2nd 42 34 .553 Lost to Everett in division series 0-2 Rick Magnante 154,529
2011 TOR West 2nd 39 37 .513 Defeated Eugene in division series 2–1
Defeated Tri-City in championship series 2–1
John Schneider 162,162
2012 TOR West 2nd 46 30 .605 Defeated Everett in division series 2–0
Defeated Boise in championship series 2–1
John Schneider 164,461
2013 TOR North 2nd 39 37 .513 Defeated Everett in division series 2–0
Defeated Boise in championship series 2–1
Clayton McCullough 184,042
Vancouver Canadians
2014 TOR North 1st 46 30 .605 Defeated Spokane in division series 2–0
Lost to Hillsboro in championship series 0-2
Clayton McCullough 180,187
2015 TOR North 4th 34 42 .447 John Schneider 215,535
2016 TOR North 4th 29 45 .392 John Tamargo 222,363
2017 TOR North 1st 43 33 .566 Defeated Spokane in division series 2–0
Defeated Eugene in championship series 3-1
Rich Miller 239,527
2018 TOR North 1st 40 36 .526 Dallas McPherson 239,068
2019 TOR North 4th 30 46 .396 Casey Candaele 235,980
Division winner League champions

Canadians attendance

Year Total
Attendance
Average Percent Change Ref
2000 109,576 2,884 N/A [14]
2001 118,357 3,115 +8.0% [15]
2002 127,099 3,345 +7.4% [16]
2003 137,026 3,606 +7.8% [17]
2004 140,037 3,685 +2.2% [18]
2005 124,708 3,370 -8.5% [19]
2006 123,878 3,260 -3.3% [20]
2007 126,491 3,419 +4.9% [21]
2008 129,073 3,585 +4.9% [22]
2009 149,297 3,929 +9.6% [23]
2010 154,592 4,068 +3.5% [24]
2011 162,162 4,267 +4.9% [25]
2012 164,461 4,445 +4.2% [26]
2013 184,042 4,843 +9.0% [27]
2014 180,187 4,870 +0.6% [28]
2015 215,535 5,825 +19.6% [29]
2016 222,363 6,177 +6.0% [30]
2017 239,527 6,303 +2.0% [31]
2018 239,086 6,292 -0.2% [32]
2019 235,980 6,210 -1.3% [33]

Roster

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  •  6 Jol Concepcion
  • 35 Willy Gaston
  • 18 Roither Hernandez
  • 21 Cobi Johnson
  • 32 Hayden Juenger
  • 34 Adam Kloffenstein
  • 14 Justin Maese
  • 16 Will McAffer
  • 17 Alejandro Melean
  • 19 Alex Nolan
  • 29 Gabriel Ponce
  • 12 Sem Robberse
  • 40 Thomas Ruwe
  • 38 Paxton Schultz
  • 94 CJ Van Eyk
  • -- Sean Wymer

Catchers

Infielders

  • 23 Addison Barger
  • 26 Zac Cook
  •  1 Luis De Los Santos
  • 28 Cameron Eden
  • 33 Sebastian Espino
  • 22 Orelvis Martinez
  • 25 PK Morris
  • 30 Tanner Morris
  •  4 Harrison Ray
  • 31 Davis Schneider
  • 11 Trevor Schwecke

Outfielders

  • 15 Justin Ammons
  •  2 Eric Rivera
  •  7 Will Robertson


Manager

Coaches

  • 24 Daniel Canellas (coach)
  • 13 Phil Cundari (pitching)
  • 36 Taylor Hill (development)
  • 10 Ryan Wright (hitting)

60-day injured list

  • 84 John Aiello
  • -- Edisson Gonzalez
  • -- Colton Laws
  • -- Sam Ryan
  • -- Donnie Sellers
  • -- Troy Watson

7-day injured list
* On Toronto Blue Jays 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
± Taxi squad
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated September 22, 2021
Transactions
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Toronto Blue Jays minor league players

Media

In the 2019 season, radio rights moved from CKST to CISL Sportsnet 650. As part of the deal, Sportsnet Pacific also gained rights to air a package of Canadians games on television.[34]

Notable former players in the major leagues

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Preceded bySouthern Oregon Timberjacks Northwest League franchise 2000–2020 Succeeded byLeague disbanded