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Vancouver Canadians
Founded in 2000
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
  • Short-Season A (2000-present)
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
  • Vancouver Canadians (2000-present)
Minor league titles
League titles
Division titles 2004, 2005
Owner(s)/Operated by: Vancouver Professional Baseball Partnership
Manager: Rick Magnante
General Manager: Andrew Seymour
Nat Bailey Stadium

The Vancouver Canadians are a minor league baseball team located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadians are the Northwest League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. As of the 2008 season, they are the only Canadian team in the "affiliated" minor leagues—i.e., part of the farm system of a Major League Baseball team. This came about after the Ottawa Lynx moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania. The NWL Canadians supplanted a Triple-A franchise of the same name that played for 22 seasons (1978-99) in the Pacific Coast League. The current incarnation of the Canadians was established in 2000 after the AAA Canadians moved to Sacramento, California and became the Sacramento River Cats (which is now an affiliate of the Athletics).



As a Northwest League franchise (dating back to 1979 in Medford, Oregon), the Canadians have had players such as José Canseco, Rod Beck, Rickey Henderson, Scott Brosius, Jason Giambi, Tim Hudson, Nick Swisher, Jeremy Brown, Troy Glaus, Sammy Sosa, Jason Windsor, Joe Blanton, Rich Harden, Travis Buck, Sean Triplett, Danny Putnam, Dallas Braden and Miguel Tejada. The team formed after Medford, Oregon's Southern Oregon Timberjacks relocated to Vancouver.

Vancouver was a heavy player in the early history of the Northwest League, a charter member in every version of the league that would eventually form the NWL, notably as the sole team that survived the collapse of the Western International League in 1922 when it reformed in 1937, winning four pennants in the WIL (1942, 1947, 1949, 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.

Current team and management

The Canadians announced January 10th, 2007 that Rick Magnante would return as Manager for 2007, as well as pitching coach Craig Lefferts, who entered his 4th season as the pitching coach. Former Vancouver Canadian slugger Chris Pritchett was named the team's latest hitting coach in May 2007.

Since February 7, 2007 the Canadians have been owned by a local ownership group, Vancouver Professional Baseball Partnership, who intend to keep the team in Vancouver and initiate extensive upgrades to Nat Bailey Stadium. The stadium will be restored to a state similar to when it opened in 1951 with murals and trees adorning the outside, in addition to modernization improvements to the rest of the stadium.

The Canadians announced that former Washington Nationals marketing guru Andy Dunn would become the President and General Manager of the Canadians, on January 7, 2008.

For the 2008 season, the team has many 'headline names' on the roster, including Jeremy Barfield, son of Jesse Barfield and brother of Josh Barfield.


Vancouver Canadians roster
Players Coaches/Other
  • 35 Joselito Adames
  • 38 Jorge Arrioja
  • 24 Kyle Christensen
  • 18 Robert Gilliam
  • 15 Connor Hoehn
  • 16 Jonathan Joseph
  • 34 Nathan Long
  • 36 Ronny Morla
  • 28 Ricardo Penalba
  • 20 Max Peterson
  • 32 Julio Ramos
  • 33 Bo Schultz
  • 44 Paul Smyth
  • 43 Dan Straily
  • 25 Juston Street
  • 17 Gabriel Ortiz
  • 29 Ryan Ortiz
  • 9 Rodney Rutherford


  • 8 Anthony Aliotti
  • 7 Michael Gilmartin
  • 12 Ryne Jernigan
  • 10 Marcos Luis
  •  22 Wilfredo Sosa
  •  19 Kent Walton


  • 30 Jose Crisostomo
  •  1 Conner Crumbliss
  • 23 Rashun Dixon
  •  21 Tyreace House
  • 6 Myrio Richard
  •  2 Rick Magnante


† Disabled list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated 2008-04-02

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