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Yakima Bears
Founded in 1990
Yakima, Washington
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • Short-Season A (1990-present)
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Yakima Bears (1990-present)
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 1996, 2000
Division titles 1991, 1994, 1996, 2000
Owner(s)/Operated by: Short Season, LLC
Manager: Bob Didier
General Manager: K.L. Wombacher

The Yakima Bears are a minor league baseball team in Yakima, Washington. They are a Short-Season A classification team in the Northwest League and have been a farm team of the Arizona Diamondbacks since 2001, formerly with the Los Angeles Dodgers from the team's creation in 1990 when the Salem Dodgers were moved to Yakima. The Bears play home games at Yakima County Stadium.

The history of baseball in Yakima stretches back to 1920 with the short-lived Yakima Indians in the Northwest League's original form as the Northwest International League. The Indians lasted only two seasons, closing in 1921 as the NIL became the Western International League.

Yakima re-entered the WIL in 1937 as the Yakima Pippins, reflecting Washington's apple-growing heritage, lasting until the 1941 season due to World War II. In 1946, as the WIL resumed play, Yakima again fielded a team, this time named the Stars. Renaming themselves the Packers for the 1948 season, the team finally settled on the Bears in 1949, lasting through the reformation of the WIL into the Northwest League, as the Bears became a charter member of the NWL in the 1955 season.

The Bears' time in the early years of the NWL were fruitful, as they won six NWL titles in nine years (1956, 1958-'60, 1963, and 1964). In 1966, when the league converted to short-season, the team renamed itself for the last time as the Yakima Braves due to an agreement with the Atlanta Braves, which they were affiliated with at the time, but the team was no longer in Yakima at the end of the 1966 season.

In 1990, Yakima again fielded a team in the Northwest League when the Dodgers moved from Salem after the 1989 season, bringing with them their affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2001, the Bears changed their affiliation to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Roster

Yakima Bears roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • 37 Justin Albert
  • 17 Ariel Brea
  • 24 Brian Budrow
  • 25 Ben Dollar
  • 20 Brad Gemberling
  • 3 Jake Hale
  • 16 Randy Hamrick
  • 32 William Harvil
  • 33 Chrisopher Odegaard
  • 35 Jesse Orosco
  • 22 Rafael Quezada
  • 29 Pedro Rodriguez
  • 40 Houston Summers
  • 28 Clayton Suss
  • 41 Ricardo Taveras
  • 30 Daniel Taylor
  • 9 Brad Wilson
  • 14 Andrew Wolcott
Catchers
  • 6 Jhoan Pimentel
  • 26 Tyson Van Winkle
  • 11 Zachary Varnell

Infielders

  • 38 Evan Button
  • 18 Clayton Conner
  • 10 Jorge Corniel
  • 5 Matthew Davidson
  • 36 Andrew Fie
  • 8 Brent Greer
  • 23 Daniel Kaczrowski
  • 19 Gerson Montilla
  • 27 Ryan Wheeler

Outfielders

  • 15 Astolfo Inciarte
  • 21 Tim Sherlock
  • 34 Tyrell Worthington
Manager

Coaches

† Disabled list
* On Arizona Diamondbacks 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated 2009-06-19
Transactions

Notable ex-Bears

External links

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