Eugene Emeralds

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Eugene Emeralds
Founded in 1955
Eugene, Oregon
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Short-season A (1974–present)
  • AAA (1969–1973)
  • Short-season A (1966–1968)
  • A (1963–1965)
  • B (1955–1962)
Minor league affiliations
League Northwest League
(1955–1968, 1974–present)
Division South Division
Previous leagues
Pacific Coast League (PCL)
Major league affiliations
Current Chicago Cubs (2015–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1955
  • 1974
  • 1975
  • 1980
Division titles (13)
  • 1955
  • 1957
  • 1964
  • 1969
  • 1974
  • 1975
  • 1978
  • 1980
  • 1985
  • 1986
  • 1996
  • 2000
  • 2011
Team data
Nickname Emeralds (1955–present)
Colors Black, dark green, neon green
Ballpark PK Park (2010–present)
Previous parks
David Elmore
Manager Gary Van Tol
General Manager Allan Benavides

The Eugene Emeralds (nicknamed the Ems) is a minor league baseball team in Eugene, Oregon, United States. They are a short-season Class A team in the Northwest League, and are currently the Class A short-season affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.[1] From 2001 through 2014, the team was affiliated with the San Diego Padres.


Originally created 67 years ago in 1955 as a charter member of the Northwest League, the Emeralds won the inaugural pennant as an independent,[2][3][4] and remained in the NWL for fourteen seasons, through 1968. They played in northwest Eugene in 4,000-seat Bethel Park at Roosevelt Boulevard and Maple Street (Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.), later torn down for the construction of a highway that wasn't built.[4][5][6] In 1950 and 1951, Bethel Park was the home of the Eugene Larks of the Class D Far West League; its outfield is present-day Lark Park. Its final game in 1968 on August 29 drew 897 fans for a one-hitter and a 7-0 Emeralds win.[7] The NWL changed to a short season league in 1966, and that season opened in Eugene against the Lewiston Broncs. The second pick in the 1966 MLB draft, future hall of famer Reggie Jackson played his first professional games at Bethel Park, as a 20-year-old center fielder, following his sophomore season at Arizona State. Hitless in the opener,[8][9] the next game he got his first pro hit, a single in the first, and later a home run to right field in the ninth.[10][11]

In the 1969 season, the Emeralds were promoted to AAA status in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) as the primary affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Ems returned to the Northwest League five years later, when the Phillies moved their AAA farm team to the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League for the 1974 season. Eugene was independent that season, then became an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in 1975.

As a Triple A team in 1969, the Emeralds moved from Bethel Park to Civic Stadium. The 6,800-seat facility was owned by the Eugene School District and was built in 1938 as a venue for high school football, which was played there until 1968. Civic Stadium also hosted semi-pro baseball teams, sponsored by local timber companies, until Bethel Park was built in 1950. The stadium was destroyed by fire in 2015, after the Emeralds moved to a new facility.

The Emeralds moved to the University of Oregon's PK Park in 2010, adjacent to Autzen Stadium. They share the new facility with the Oregon Ducks, whose regular season ends in May. A new logo, based upon Sasquatch, was adopted by the Emeralds in 2012.[12] In 2013, the Emeralds partnered with Voodoo Doughnut to offer a bacon maple bratwurst as a specialty food item.[13]

Notable former Emeralds

With year player was an Emerald

See also


Eugene Emeralds roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 37 Pedro Araujo
  • 13 Oscar De La Cruz
  • 33 Luis Hernandez
  • 44 Mark Malave
  • -- Jeremy Null
  • 43 Jose Paulino
  • 28 Tyler Peitzmeier
  • -- Michael Wagner


  • 31 Alberto Mineo



  • 38 Alex Bautista
  • 23 Ricardo Marcano
  • -- Jose Paniagua



  • -- Brian Lawrence (pitching)
  • -- Gary Van Tol (assistant coach)
  • -- Ty Wright (hitting)

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* On Chicago Cubs 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated May 7, 2016
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Chicago Cubs minor league players


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