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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

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Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Founded in 1997
Keizer, Oregon
SalemKeizerVolcanoesLogo.PNG
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Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassShort-Season A (1997–present)
LeagueNorthwest League (1997–present)
DivisionSouthern Division
Major league affiliations
TeamSan Francisco Giants (1997–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (5)
  • 1998
  • 2001
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2009
Division titles (7)
  • 1998
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
Team data
NicknameSalem-Keizer Volcanoes (1997–present)
ColorsGray, lava red, obsidian, burnt gold, white
         
MascotCrater (1997-present)
BallparkVolcanoes Stadium (1997–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Jerry Walker[1]
ManagerLenn Sakata[2]

The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a minor league baseball team in Keizer, Oregon, United States. The Volcanoes members of the Class A short-season Northwest League, and have been an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants since their inception in 1997. They play their home games at Volcanoes Stadium, which opened in 1997 and seats 4,252 fans.

History

The Volcanoes history begins in Bellingham, Washington where the franchise played for eighteen season as an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. In 1994 Seattle shifted their affiliation to Everett, who had been a long time Giants farm club. Bellingham swapped parents with Everett and adopted their parent club's name to become the Bellingham Giants. Bellingham had long struggled with attendance and its facility failed to meet league standards. Efforts to secure funding for facility improvements in Bellingham were unsuccessful.[3] In 1996, Bellingham Giants co-owners Jerry Walker and William Tucker announced that they were moving the franchise to Keizer, Oregon, a city of 22,000 located immediately north of Salem. The move devastated Bellingham baseball fans, many of whom still harbor hard feelings for the entire Giants organization in general and the Volcanoes in particular.

Keizer had striven to assert itself as an independent, thriving city for 12 years since the former Salem suburb had become an incorporated municipality. City officials, led by Mayor Dennis Koho, and civic leaders worked toward getting a new baseball stadium located and built in Keizer. The area had lacked a suitable facility for pro baseball since the early 1960s, when the Salem Dodgers vacated historic Waters Field (which burned down in 1966).

Area fans chose the nickname "Volcanoes" in a contest. The new franchise was designated as a "Salem-Keizer" team, despite its location, in order to incorporate both the history and the prestige of the larger city and state capital. The Volcanoes continued their player development contract with the San Francisco Giants, a relationship that continues to date.

In their inaugural season of 1997, the Volcanoes posted a record of 40-36 and finished third in the south division standings. 1998 was a banner year for Salem-Keizer. The Volcanoes finished the year at 43-33, tied with the Southern Oregon Timberjacks. In a one game play-off the Volcanoes bested the Timberjacks to earn the south division title. Salem-Keizer defeated the Boise Hawks in the best of three series en route to a Northwest League championship.

In 2001, the Volcanoes won the south division title. The team went on to sweep the Boise Hawks in the championship series to claim their second Northwest League crown. The Volcanoes won the Freitas Award as the best short-season Class A baseball franchise. The Volcanoes celebrated their 10th season in Salem-Keizer by ending the regular season with a league record 55 victories, a league record. The team set franchise records of most consecutive games won with 12 and Most runs in an inning (10), in the seventh inning of a 19-3 rout of the Canadians on August 30. In that game, catcher Adam Witter hitting the team's first ever cycle. The Volcanoes capped the 2006 season by defeating the Boise Hawks three games to one, winning the league championship. Salem-Keizer broke their own record for wins in a season, finishing the season with a 57-19 mark, a .750 overall record; best in baseball that year. They won their second sonsecutive championship in a row by defeating the Tri-City Dust Devils three games to one. The team was honored with the Best Short-Season and Best Overall Team in the 2007 Minor League Baseball Awards.

The Volcanoes finished 2008 with third consecutive west division title. In a effort to three-peat as Northwest League champions, the team came up short a dropped the championship series to the Spokane Indians. Salem-Keizer posted a 49-27 record to win its fifth straight division title. Led by a pitching staff recorded a phenomenal 0.69 ERA over the four-game set, the Volcanoes defeated the Tri-City Dust Devils to with the league championship. In the first decade of the new millennium the Volcanoes made an unprecedented six post season appearances, winning four Northwest League championships.

In 2013 the Volcanoes won the south division title, but lost to Boise in the division series. After a five year drought Salem-Keizer returned to the postseason by winning the first half south division. The Volcanoes were defeated in the division series by the eventual league champion Hillsboro Hops.

Ballpark

The Volcanoes play at Volcanoes Stadium located in Keizer, Oregon. The facility was built in less than a year, in time for the debut of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, on a tract of land adjacent to Interstate 5 just northwest of the Keizer interchange. The stadium seats 4,252-seat. In 1999, the American Institute of Architects honored the Volcanoes with a design award for the stadium.

Volcanoes Stadium also hosts all five of Oregon's state high school baseball championship games. In 1998, the University of Oregon football team played its spring Green-White game in the stadium in early May.[4]

Baseball in the Salem Area

The Salem-Keizer area has been home to professional baseball since 1940, when the Salem Senators (an homage to Salem's role as Oregon's capital) were formed as a member of the Western International League (WIL). When the WIL reformed into the current Northwest League (NWL) in 1955, the Senators were a charter member of the new circuit. The Salem franchise played as the Senators until 1960, when it became a Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and adopted the parent club's nickname. The Salem Dodgers continued to play until the 1965 season, after which the franchise was dormant for 17 years.

In 1977, former Stockton Ports owner/manager Carl Thompson purchased the Salem franchise and put it back on the field as an NWL member and Dodgers farm club. The revived Senators played until after the 1981 season, when the California Angels became the team's parent club.

The '82 Angels captured the first NWL championship by a Salem-area franchise, and became the first NWL champion with a losing regular-season record, a distinction which lasted until 2005.

The Salem Angels shifted their major-league affiliation and nickname back to the Dodgers after the 1987 season. The Dodgers played in Salem for two seasons, with future major-league star Mike Piazza on the team's 1989 roster.

In 1990, owners moved the Salem Dodgers to Yakima, Washington, mainly due to lack of adequate facilities. The Salem club had played its home games at the Chemeketa Community College field, which lacked a grandstand, permanent concession stands and other amenities. It would be seven years before pro baseball returned to the Salem-Keizer metropolitan area.


Season-by-season record

Season PDC Division Finish Wins Losses Win% Post-season Manager Attendance
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
1997 SFG South 3rd 40 36 .526 Shane Turner 136,836
1998 SFG South 1st 43 33 .566 Defeated Southern Oregon in division play-off 1-0
Defeated Boise in championship series 2-0
Keith Comstock 133,980
1999 SFG South 3rd 37 39 .487 Frank Reberger 124,627
2000 SFG West 3rd 36 40 .474 Fred Stanley 125,409
2001 SFG West 1st 51 25 .671 Defeated Boise in championship series 3-0 Fred Stanley 115,340
2002 SFG West 3rd 41 35 .539 Fred Stanley 122,334
2003 SFG West 1st 43 33 .566 Lost to Spokane in championship series 3-0 Joe Strain 119,556
2004 SFG West 3rd 37 39 .487 Joe Strain 118,929
2005 SFG West 2nd 45 31 .592 Steve Decker 108,418
2006 SFG West 1st 55 21 .724 Defeated Boise in championship series 3-1 Steve Deceker 118,622
2007 SFG West 1st 57 19 .750 Defeated Tri-City in championship series 3-1 Steve Decker 118,722
2008 SFG West 1st 40 36 .526 Lost to Spokane in championship series 3-1 Tom Trebelhorn 112,425
2009 SFG West 1st 49 27 .645 Defeated Tri-City in championship series 3-1 Tom Trebelhorn 106,590
2010 SFG West 4th 31 45 .408 Tom Trebelhorn 96,219
2011 SFG West 4th 34 42 .474 Tom Trebelhorn 105,973
2012 SFG West 4th 32 44 .421 Tom Trebelhorn 101,785
2013 SFG South 1st 47 29 .618 Lost to Boise in division series 2-0 Tom Trebelhorn 98,024
2014 SFG South 3rd 38 38 .500 Gary Davenport 95,083
2015 SFG South 4th 39 37 .513 Kyle Haines 85,851
2016 SFG South 4th 32 42 .432 Kyle Haines 80,469
2017 SFG South 4th 29 47 .382 Jolbert Cabrera 81,011
2018 SFG South 2nd 36 40 .474 Hector Borg 72,094
2019 SFG South 2nd 46 30 .605 Lost to Hillsboro in division series 0-2 Mark Hallberg 80,833
Division winner League champions

Notable alumni

Since 1997, 84 former Volcanoes have played in the major leagues. Two former Volcanoes also played in the inaugural 2006 World Baseball Classic: Joe Nathan (U.S.) and Jonathan Sánchez (Puerto Rico).

Roster

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 45 Abel Adames
  • -- Nick Avila
  • 50 Prelander Berroa
  • 32 Deiyerbert Bolivar
  • 40 Kervin Castro
  • -- Garrett Cave
  • 22 Israel Cruz
  • -- Bryce Fehmel
  • 29 Miguel Figueroa
  • -- Clay Helvey
  • 38 Jasier Herrera
  • -- Caleb Kilian
  • 37 Jorge Labrador
  • 39 Ben Madison
  • 35 Conner Nurse
  • 47 Jesus Ozoria
  • 34 Travis Perry
  • -- Taylor Rashi
  • 13 Andy Rohloff
  •  8 Jordan Scott

Catchers

  • 31 Matt Malkin
  • 18 Brandon Martorano

Infielders

  • 16 Carter Aldrete
  • 43 Connor Cannon
  •  7 Jeff Houghtby
  • -- Abdiel Layer
  •  2 Marco Luciano
  • 23 Beicker Mendoza
  •  1 Yorlis Rodriguez
  • -- Luis Toribio
  •  9 Tyler Wyatt

Outfielders

  • 10 Kwan Adkins
  • 12 Hunter Bishop
  • 41 Alexander Canario
  • -- Tyler Flores
  •  6 Vince Flores
  •  5 Harrison Freed
  • 15 Jairo Pomares
  • 46 Armani Smith


Manager

Coaches

  • -- Michael Brdar (hitting)
  • -- Paul Oseguera (pitching)
  • -- Eliezer Zambrano (fundamentals)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On San Francisco Giants 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated January 14, 2020
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Northwest League
San Francisco Giants minor league players

References

  1. ^ "Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Staff Directory". MiLB.com. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Roster". MiLB.com. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  3. ^ https://www.knbr.com/2020/04/17/inside-a-giants-affiliates-fight-against-contraction-and-everything-that-would-be-lost/
  4. ^ Clark, Bob (May 3, 1998). "UO starters shine against the reserves". Eugene Register-Guard. p. 1G.

External links

Preceded by
Bellingham Giants
Northwest League franchise
1997–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
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