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There may be no prouder team in Triple-A baseball than the Tacoma Rainiers, who are the Seattle Mariners’ minor-league affiliate.
They are the class of the Pacific Coast League, the longest active member (since 1960) and the defending league champion.
With two PCL titles, three conference titles and four division titles in the last 10 years, the Rainiers are a major source of pride in northwest baseball.
Tacoma Rainiers Thru the Years
The Tacoma Rainiers may look like a new-age minor-league baseball franchise, as their ownership group includes pop star Nick Lachey, but they have a rich history.
Before becoming Seattle’s MLB affiliate in 1995, Tacoma served many other ballclubs, including the San Francisco Giants (1960-65), Chicago Cubs (1966-71), Minnesota Twins (1972-1977), New York Yankees (1978), Cleveland Indians (1979-80), and the Oakland Athletics (1981-1994).
With the Mariners in rebuilding mode, we’re likely to see plenty of exciting players come through the Rainiers’ organization in the new few seasons.
That includes prospect Trayvon Robinson, acquired in a July 2011 trade that sent Erik Bedard to Boston; Maurico Robles; and Kyle Seager.
Here’s hoping the Rainiers keep the PCL championships coming and continue developing great talent for the Mariners. Stops in Tacoma did wonders for rising Seattle stars Michael Pineda and Dustin Ackley.
Keep up the great work, Rainiers!