The Tacoma Rainiers — a Triple-A affiliate and farm team of the nearby Seattle Mariners — is one of the oldest teams in the Pacific Coast League. Established in 1960, Tacoma was originally an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants for its first six years. The 1961 team, which featured Gaylord Perry, Ron Herbel and Eddie Fisher, was a juggernaut. It went 97-57 and captured its first league championship. When the Cubs subsequently took over as the affiliate for the next six seasons, starting in 1966, Tacoma won the 1969 championship with Bobby Thomson (who hit the famous "Shot Heard 'Round the World") as the manager. The Minnesota Twins became the affiliate between 1972 and 1977. This was followed by a brief season with the Yankees in which Tacoma was declared a co-champion after the final series was canceled due to rain. After subsequent affiliations with the Indians and Athletics, the Mariners took over as the affiliate in 1995. Tacoma then won two more championships, in 2001 and 2010. Fans of minor league baseball can purchase Tacoma Rainiers tickets at StubHub.
Who are some top Tacoma Rainiers' players from the past?
Tacoma has a rich legacy with some of its prospects. Several members of the 1961 team, including Gaylord Perry, Ron Herbel and Eddie Fisher, went on to have prolific careers in the majors. Perry, who went 16-10 with a 2.55 ERA in 1961, ultimately won two Cy Young Awards in his Hall of Fame major league career. Another member of the team, Dick Phillips, is still the only Tacoma player to win the Pacific Coast League's MVP award. Slugging infielder Rick Renick, who also played for the Minnesota Twins, became Tacoma’s all-time career home run leader in the 1970s. Since joining with the Mariners, Tacoma has served as a launching point or brief stop for the careers of players such as Alex Rodriguez, Felix Hernandez, Raul Ibanez and Ken Griffey Jr.
What was the Tacoma Rainiers' 2019 record?
Tacoma finished at the bottom of the Northern Division with a record of 61-78 and did not make the playoffs. Among the team’s leaders, Kristopher Negron hit for a .310 average in 306 at-bats. Jaycob Brugman led the team with 23 home runs.
Daren Brown is the manager of the Tacoma Rainiers. His previous stint with the Rainiers between 2007 and 2013 was an immense success. He compiled a record 433 wins and captured the 2010 PCL Championship. He also served briefly as Seattle's acting manager in 2010. Other stops include independent Amarillo between 1998 and 2000, Advanced-A San Bernardino in 2001 and 2002, Single-A Wisconsin in 2003, Advanced-A Inland Empire in 2005, Double-A San Antonio in 2006, Double-A Jackson in 2016 and Double-A Arkansas in 2017 and 2018. Brown returned to Tacoma for the 2019 season.
What is the size of the Tacoma Rainiers' venue?
Cheney Stadium, which originally opened in 1960, has a seating capacity of 6,500 spectators and features club seats, luxury suites and restaurants.Back to Top
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