2015 Opening Night – Northwest League Baseball

It’s that time of year again. The beginning of another summer season means more time outside with your friends and family. It also indicates the start of the Northwest League’s Short A baseball season. If you’re living in the Northwest and are looking for some cheap, family friendly baseball without breaking the bank by travelling to a place like Safeco Field and watch an underachieving major league team. The Short Season “A” league has many players that were picked up in the MLB draft a few weeks ago, and this year looks to have a high number of high draft picks starting the season in the NWL. Of course, we can’t forget the returning players who are working to hone their baseball playing skills.

The teams this year are the same as last year, but with some new MLB affiliations. Here’s a look at the teams, their divisions, and their Major League affiliates:

North Division:

Everett AquaSox (Seattle Mariners) – Everett, WA
Spokane Indians (Texas Rangers) – Spokane, WA
Tri-City Dust Devils (San Diego Padres) – Pasco, WA [Formerly the affiliate of the Colorado Rockies]
Vancouver Canadians (Toronto Blue Jays) – Vancouver, BC

South Division:

Boise Hawks (Colorado Rockies) – Boise, ID [Former affiliate of the Chicago Cubs]
Eugene Emeralds (Chicago Cubs) – Eugene, OR [Former affiliate of the San Diego Padres]
Hillsboro Hops (Arizona Diamondbacks) – Hillsboro, OR
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco Giants) – Keizer, OR

The NWL Official Site listed the following stories to keep an eye out for this season:

  • The new affiliations for the Dust Devils, Hawks, and Emeralds could test the “loyalty for NWL fans when returning players and managers suit up in the very uniforms they aimed to defeat in 2014.”
  • Five of the eight NWL teams went through managerial changes from the 2014 Season. Three of these managerial changes were due to the Hawks, Emeralds and Dust Devils switching affiliates, therefore the teams had to switch to managers that were hired by the major league organization. The most noteworthy managerial hiring was Hillsboro’s hiring of former MLB player Shelley Duncan.
  • Number 1 overall pick Dansby Swanson (Arizona) will suit up for the Hops this year, making him a player to watch and see how his career unfolds.
  • Hillsboro looks to defend its NWL title. This was the first title in Hillsboro’s history, as they won a championship when the team was located in Yakima back in 2000.
  • The 2015 NWL All Star Game will take place in Spokane and will offer a bit of a change up. Instead of North vs South, it’ll be the Northwest League All-Stars versus the Pioneer League’s All-Stars

If you like to read full details about this, along with other trivia about the upcoming season, look here.

If any our readers from the Northwest are looking for something fun to do with friends or family this Thursday night, here is the provided schedule of who’s playing where, their 2014 season Win/Loss, the time of the game, pitching match-ups, and what the opening night festivities will be.

Tri-City Dust Devils (33-43) at Boise Hawks (41-35)
Memorial Stadium, Boise, Idaho
7:15 PM (MDT), 6:15 PM (PST)
Walker Lockett vs Javier Palacios
Opening Night Festivities: 2015 Magnet Schedule Giveaway

Hillsboro Hops (48-28) at Spokane Indians (40-36)
Avista Stadium, Spokane, Washington
6:30 PM (PST)
Tyler Bolton vs TBD
Opening Night Festivities: 2015 Magnet Schedule and Post-Game Fireworks

Vancouver Canadians (46-30) at Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (38-38)
Volcanoes Stadium, Keizer, Oregon
6:35 PM (PST)
Clinton Hollon vs Nicholas Gonzalez
Opening Night Festivities: $1 Adult Beverage Thursdays

Eugene Emeralds (30-46) at Everett AquaSox (28-48)
Everett Memorial Stadium, Everett, Washington
7:05 PM (PST)
Carson Sands vs Luiz Gohara
Opening Night Festivities: 2015 Magnet Schedule Giveaway

If you are unable to make it to Opening Night, don’t worry at all! You have until late August to attend a game, and provided below are links to purchase tickets for whichever city you reside closest to. All you have to do is just click the logo and you’re good to go! Enjoy the season!

Boise Hawks

 

Eugene Emeralds

 

Everett AquaSox

 

Hillsboro Hops

 

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spokane Indians

Tri-City Dust Devils

 

Vancouver Canadians

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