PRESS RELEASE: State of the Pickles Address

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For more information contact:

Ross Campbell

General Manager

rcampbell@portlandpicklesbaseball.com

(503) 775-3080

For Immediate Release

PORTLAND PICKLES ANNOUNCE NEW MAJORITY OWNERSHIP,

SCHEDULE AND ROSTER FOR 2019 SEASON

Group and Season Tickets on sale Now at portlandpicklesbaseball.com.


PORTLAND, Ore. (February 12, 2019) —The Portland Pickles are excited to to announce owners Alan Miller and Jon Ryan have taken over majority ownership of The Portland Pickles. Alan Miller’s marketing agency, COLLiDE, based in L.A and Portland., will take over the day-to-day management of the team.

“Jon and I are incredibly excited to take the reigns of the incredibly special team,” said owner-operator Alan Miller. “We have so many new and exciting improvements that will make the experience ever better.”

Ross Campbell has been appointed General Manager and will be tasked with overseeing all sales, community relations and partnership marketing. Scott Barchus will also continue on as a minority owner in the organization

The Pickles 2019 season includes 37 games at Walker Stadium kicking off June 1st and going through mid-August. Individual game tickets will go on sale soon at portlandpicklesbaseball.com.

In 2018, their inaugural season in the West Coast League, the Pickles lead the league with a 37-17 record and were the first half South Champions. Over 64,000 fans attended Walker Stadium in 2018, making The Pickles No.16 in attendance in the North American College wood bat league and No.1 attended summer collegiate wooden-bat team in the Western USA.

 

The 2019 team will include:

 

  • 8 players return to the Pickles from last year’s roster

    • 7 pitchers (Casillas, mcvay, newstrom, Nierenberg, roth, suter, and wyatt)

    • 1 position player (skoro)

  • 43 of the 46 players are currently on D1 rosters

    • 2 (morris and Casillas) were on D1 rosters last season and pitched well in the WCL

  • Conference breakdown

    • Pac12 = 16 (UW, WSU, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah)

    • West Coast Conference = 7 (Gonzaga, Portland, St. Marys, Loyola Marymount)

    • Big West Conference = 6 (Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Santa Barbara, Cal State Northridge)

    • Mountain West Conference = 3 (UNLV)

    • Western Athletic Conference (WAC) = 3 (Seattle U, Grand Canyon)

    • American Conference = 2 (Tulane)

    • Ivy League = 2 (Cornell, Columbia)

    • Big Ten = 2 (Purdue)

    • Southeastern Conference (SEC) = 1 (Mississippi State)

    • Big East = 1 (Xavier)

    • Greater Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) = 1 (Western Oregon)

    • JUCO = 2

The organization also has announced that the Gresham Greywolves will not be playing the 2019 season. “This summer GiGI will be rooting for the Pickles. “We have big plans for the Greywolves for 2020 that we will announce in the coming months,“ said Miller.

About the Portland Pickles: The Portland Pickles is a collegiate wood-bat baseball team founded in 2015 and based in Portland, Oregon. The team is a member of the West Coast League and play home games at Walker Stadium in Portland's Lents Park.  The Pickles are all about FUN and are recognized for presenting the best entertainment package in the Portland area. Pickles baseball is affordable family entertainment. The Pickles offer special discounts to groups and fundraising opportunities for organizations throughout the community.


About the West Coast League: The West Coast League (WCL) is the premier summer collegiate baseball league west of the Mississippi. The 14-year-old, 12-team, professionally operated wood-bat league located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest showcases pro prospects from major conferences across the nation June through August. Out west, the league features an unparalleled history of memorable fan and player experiences and the best summer weather in North America. 83 players with WCL experience were selected in the MLB 2017 June draft. 270 WCL alums appeared or were active in affiliated professional baseball in 2017 including 31 in the major leagues, such as 2015 home-run leader Chris Davis (Baltimore); record-breaking slugger Rhys Hoskins (Philadelphia); rising star pitchers James Paxton (Seattle) and Matt Boyd (Detroit); and outfielder Mitch Haniger (Seattle). Overall member attendance was 412,392 this past summer, an increase of 8.6% in total attendance.