- Winnipeg Goldeyes
Independent baseball team in Canada
name = Winnipeg Goldeyes
founded = 1994
city = Winnipeg, Manitoba
current league = Northern League
past league =
currentname = Winnipeg Goldeyes (1994-present)
colours = Red, Navy Blue
color box|#D53648 color box|#0E004F
ballpark = Canwest Park
leaguechamps = 1 (1994)
divisionchamps = 7 (1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003)
manager = Rick Forney
website = http://www.goldeyes.com www.goldeyes.com
The Winnipeg Goldeyes are a professional baseball team based in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada. The Goldeyes are a member of the Northern League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 1994 season to the present, the Goldeyes have played their home games at Canwest Park.
The team is named after the "Winnipeg goldeye", a local delicacy made up of smoked goldeye.
There have been two separate and distinct
baseballteams based out of Winnipeg to use the Goldeyes name, each playing in different incarnations of the Northern League. They first played from 1954 until 1964. During that time they won the league championship 3 times in 1957, 1959, and 1960.
The team was resurrected in 1994 when the Rochester Aces folded and moved to Winnipeg. It was decided the team would take on the name of the former Winnipeg team in honor of the past. The current team is owned by
Sam Katz. Katz was elected mayor of Winnipeg in 2004, and remains President of the Goldeyes. The team is one of the most successful in the Northern League, despite missing the playoffs in 2004 for the first time since the team commenced operations, and again missing the playoffs in 2005. In 1994 they won their only Northern League championship.
With the departure of the
St. Paul Saints, Sioux City Explorersand Sioux Falls Canariesto the breakaway American Association, the Goldeyes are now the longest tenured franchise in the Northern League.
The Goldeyes are not the only team to have played in the Northern League from Winnipeg. From 1902-1942 the city was represented by the
First Half Second Half Overall Season Division W-L Finish W-L Finish W-L Win% Playoffs 1994 -- 16-24 5th 27-13 1st 43-37 .538 Won championship 1995 -- 25-17 2nd 22-21 3rd 47-38 .553 Lost championship series 1996 West 25-17 2nd 25-17 2nd 50-34 .595 Lost divisional series 1997 West 29-12 1st 24-18 2nd 53-30 .639 Lost championship series 1998 West 25-18 2nd 33-10 1st 58-28 .674 Lost division series 1999 West 28-15 1st 20-23 3rd 48-38 558 Lost championship series 2000 West 24-19 3rd 24-19 2nd 48-38 .558 Lost Central semi-final 2001 North 29-16 1st 23-22 1st 52-38 .578 Lost championship series 2002 North 28-17 1st 28-17 1st 56-34 .622 Lost championship series 2003 East 26-18 2nd 29-16 1st 55-34 .618 Lost championship series 2004 North 26-21 3rd 30-18 2nd 56-39 .589 Did not qualify 2005 North 22-25 4th 25-23 4th 47-48 .495 Did not qualify 2006 North 27-21 2nd 25-23 2nd 52-44 .542 Lost West final 2007 North 27-20 2nd 25-23 2nd 52-43 .547 Lost Division Finals
List of baseball teams in Canada
* [http://www.goldeyes.com/ Winnipeg Goldeyes official site]
* [http://www.goldeyesfanclub.com/ Winnipeg Goldeyes Fan club web site]
* [http://www.cfrw.ca/ CFRW broadcasts all Winnipeg Goldeyes games]
* [http://www.nlfan.com/winnipeg/ nlfan.com Winnipeg Goldeyes Guide]
* [http://www.nlfan.com/rochester/ nlfan.com Rochester Aces Guide]
* [http://www.goldeyes.com Goldeyes official website]
* [http://www.nlfan.com/league/ nlfan.com] - yearly league standings & awards
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