The only affiliated minor league club in Canada, the Vancouver Canadians (A Short Season, Northwest League) has signed a PDC extension with the only MLB club in Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays through the 2018 season.
In the past season, the Canadians set an attendance record with 215,595 fans that passed the turnstiles of Nat Bailey Stadium. Okay, okay, the official name is Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, but that sounds stupid.
According to Blue Jays’ Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager Ross Atkins, “the Canadians provide a great culture for our young athletes to develop, as both people and baseball players. We look forward to working with the Canadians for many years to come.”
“We have seen a number of Toronto’s top prospects over the years and we look forward to further helping in their development,” according to Jake Kerr, Managing General Partner of the Vancouver Canadians. “The Canadians’ relationship with the Blue Jays remains as strong as ever and we appreciate the quality of young men they have sent to represent our city and organization.” This all Canadian cooperation started in 2011 and the Canadians have clinched back-to-back-to-back Northwest League titles in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The Blue Jays won the AL East pennant in 2015 with seven former Canadians in their ranks.
The Canadians landed in Vancouver and the Northwest League in 2000, when they replaced a previous team that was also named Canadians but played in the Pacific Coast League. After the 1999 season, when the AAA Canadians won the national AAA championship, the club was acquired by a new owner, who moved the team to Sacramento where they became the RiverCats.
The Canadians play in Nat Bailey Stadium, that was built in 1951 and was originally named Capilano Stadium.