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No Canadian province has produced as many great Major League Baseball Players as British Columbia has, including Larry Walker, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay and Rich Harden.
It’s therefore fitting that the Vancouver Canadians are the only Canadian minor-league baseball team affiliated with a major-league franchise!
Vancouver Canadians Thru the Years
The Vancouver Canadians, also known as the C’s, are the Northwest League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Previously, they belonged to the Oakland Athletics from 2000 to 2010.
Previously, the Canadians were a Triple-A team in the Pacific Coast League from 1978 to 1999. During that final year, they won the Triple-A World Series.
After that incarnation of the C’s moved to Sacramento in 2000, the NWL adopted them as a Short-Season A-level team.
A proud symbol of Canadian baseball, Vancouver has helped develop many big-name ballplayers over the years, including Rickey Henderson, Sammy Sosa, Jose Canseco, Troy Glaus, Tim Hudson, Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada and many more.
The Canadians will soldier on as a proud talent feeder for Canada’s one and only MLB baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
To this day they still call their home park “The Nat” or Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver home.
Here’s hoping they rise up on the NWL and play an instrumental role in grooming players who will help the Jays return to the World Series one day.