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A Celebration of the Yakima Bears 20th Anniversary

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  • Bears of summer

    A speciAl publicAtion of the YAkimA herAld-republic

    celebrating the 20th anniversary

    of the Yakima bears

    summer 2010

  • Season RecordsYear ParentClub W-L Place Playoffs Manager

    1990 Dodgers 36-40 2ndinNorth None JerryRoyster1991 Dodgers 44-32 1stinNorth LosttoBoise,2-0* JoeVavra

    1992 Dodgers 36-40 2ndinNorth None JoeVavra1993 Dodgers 30-46 4thinNorth None JohnShoemaker

    1994 Dodgers 49-27 1stinNorth LosttoBoise,2-1* JoeVavra1995 Dodgers 28-48 4thinNorth None JoeVavra

    1996 Dodgers 40-36 1stinNorth BeatEugene,2-0* JoeVavra1997 Dodgers 23-53 4thinNorth None JoeVavra

    1998 Dodgers 32-44 4thinNorth None TonyHarris1999 Dodgers 33-43 4thinNorth None DinoEbel

    2000 Dodgers 41-35 1stinNorth BeatEugene,3-2* ButchHughes2001 Diamondbacks 33-42 3rdinNorth None GregLonigro

    2002 Diamondbacks 23-53 4thinNorth None MikeAldrete2003 Diamondbacks 45-31 2ndinNorth None BillPlummer

    2004 Diamondbacks 35-41 4thinEast None BillPlummer2005 Diamondbacks 30-46 4thinEast None JayGainer

    2006 Diamondbacks 28-48 3rdinEast None JayGainer2007 Diamondbacks 33-43 4thinEast None MikeBell

    2008 Diamondbacks 28-48 4thinEast None BobDidier2009 Diamondbacks 28-48 4thinEast None BobDidier

    Totals 675-844

    The highs ...

    TheBearstiedBoiseforthedivisiontitleonthefinalgameoftheseasonandgottheplayoffnodbecausetheywontheseasonseriesagainsttheHawks.Afterwinningthefirst

    gameofthechampionshipseries,Yakimalostthenexttwo.TheBears,however,wonthenexttwotowintheirsecondchampionshipinthemodernera.FuturemajorleaguersincludedoutfielderShaneVictorino,catcherKoyieHill,shortstopJasonRepko,andpitchersShaneNanceandAgustinMontero.

    2000

    TimetotestyourYakimaBearsknowledge.Orifyouprefer,readthroughthispub-licationandcomebackasalltheanswersareinthefollow-ingpagesandyoumightscorebetter.Herewego:

    1.Inwhatyearsdidthemodern-dayYakimaBearswintheNorthwestLeaguetitle?2.Whatisthelongestlosing

    streakinfranchisehistory?3.Whatfuturemajorleaguer

    wasthestartingpitcherfortheYakimaBearsonopeningday1990?4.WhatformerYakimaBear

    wentontowintheNationalLeagueRookieoftheYear?5.WhatformerYakimaBear

    isclosingon350homerunsinthemajorleagues,andisathree-timeMajorLeagueBase-ballAll-Star?6.WhatformerBearspitcher

    recentlytookano-hitterintotheninthinningofanMLBgame?7.WhatformerBearholds

    theNorthwestLeaguerecordfordoublesinaseason?

    8.WhatformerYakimaslug-gerholdsthedubioushonorofsettingtheMLBrecordforstrikeoutsin2008andthentoppinghisownrecordlastseason?9.WhatformerBearhas

    wontwoNationalLeagueGoldGloveAwards?10.Whatisthenameofthe

    YakimaBearsmascot?11.Howmanydifferentpri-

    maryhomeuniformshavetheYakimaBearshad?12.Whatstadiumdidthe

    YakimaBearscallhomefrom1990-92?13.Whatsitearethe

    YakimaBearslookingatforthelocationofapossiblenewstadium?14.Whoishisthirdyearas

    manageroftheBears?15.WhatawarddidYakima

    pitchingcoachDougDrabekwinin1990whilewiththePittsburghPirates?16.NamealloftheBears

    rivalsintheNorthwestLeaguesEasternDivision.

    The answers for the Yakima Bears trivia are on Page 15.

    YAKIMA BEARS TRIVIA

    YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC

    The boys of summer are back.

    For the last 20 years, the Yakima Bears have filled the long and often hot summer days with the sounds of baseball.

    Yakima opens its 21st season tonight against the Boise Hawks at Yakima County Stadium.

    This is a look at those two decades of teams, players and moments in the 20 years since the Salem Dodgers moved to the Yakima Valley and set up shop at Parker Field.

    The modern-day Bears joined an illustrious history that was the Northwest League in Yakima.

    The original Bears, who followed several different pro franchises in Yakima Pippins, Stars, Indians were a charter member of the NWL and one of the leagues best.

    Under the guide of Hub Kittle, who was the pitching

    coach with the St. Louis Cardinals when they won the World Series in 1982, the Bears won championships in 1956, 58 and 59.

    Buddy Hicks would lead them to titles in 1960 and 1963, before Kittle returned to the bench for the 1964 season and the teams sixth championship.

    Because of an affiliation with the Atlanta Braves, Yakimas team was renamed the Braves in 1966. The next year they were gone.

    Twenty-four years later, Yakima got pro ball back.

    Heres a look at the 20 years since.

    The Bears are back in townSubject Page(s)

    Highsandlows 3Memorableplayers 4-9

    Uniforms 10Stadiums 11

    2010preview 12-15

    Contents

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  • 1996 TheBearswonthedivisionbyjusthalfa game,butmadethemostofitbybeating Eugeneinthechampionshipseries,two gamestonone.TheteamfeaturedfuturemajorleaguepitchersWayneFranklin,JeffKubenkaandTedLilly,thirdbasemanDamianRollsandout-fielderPeterBergeron.AlsoontheteamweretwoYakimaValleyCommunityCollegestandouts,MattMeyer(a1992EisenhowerHighSchoolgraduate)andCaseyDeskins.

    The highs ...

    ... and lows.2002, 04-09Ifnotforasterlingrecordof45-31in2003,theBearswouldbelookingateightstraightlosingseasons.The2002seasonfeaturedperhapsthelowpointoftheclubateamrecord22-gamelosingstreakthathelpedtheBearsmatchafranchise-worstrecordof23-53.From2004-09,theBearswereatleast10gamesunder.500forallbutoneseasonand20gamesunderinthreeofthelastfouryears.The2007BearsmanagedbyMikeBell,right,finishedjustfourgamesoutfirstdespitefin-ishing33-43.

    ThisspecialsectionwascoordinatedbyYakimaHerald-RepublicSportseditorJerrelSwenninginconcertwithYakimaBearsbeatwriterRogerUnderwoodandcopyeditorMarcusMichelson.Specialassistancewasgiven

    totheprojectbytheadvertis-ingdepartmentoftheYakima

    Herald-RepublicunderthedirectionofJamesE.Stickel,vicepresidentofsales,sportsclerkStephenEastham,Herald-RepublicphotographersGordonKing,SaraGettysandAndySawyer,YakimaBearsownerandpresidentMikeMcMurrayandBearsgeneralmanagerK.L.Wombacher.

    ABOUT THIS SECTION

    TheBearstiedBoiseforthedivisiontitleonthefinalgameoftheseasonandgottheplayoffnodbecausetheywontheseasonseriesagainsttheHawks.Afterwinningthefirst

    gameofthechampionshipseries,Yakimalostthenexttwo.TheBears,however,wonthenexttwotowintheirsecondchampionshipinthemodernera.FuturemajorleaguersincludedoutfielderShaneVictorino,catcherKoyieHill,shortstopJasonRepko,andpitchersShaneNanceandAgustinMontero.

    2000

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    ROY MUSITELLI/Yakima Herald-Republic file

    SANDY SUMMERS/Yakima Herald-Republic file

    ANDY SAWYER/Yakima Herald-Republic file

  • Pedro Astacio

    The Dominican Republic-born

    righty was one of the original Bears,

    starting opening day and pitching

    723 innings of no-hit ball. Astacio

    pitched 15 sea-sons in the major leagues for eight

    different clubs and compiled a

    129-124 record. He struck out

    1,664 batters in his career.

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    Todd Hollandsworth

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    The Newport (Bellevue) High School graduate played for the Bears in 1991. In 1996, he won the National League Rookie of the Year while with the Los Angeles Dodg-ers, one of eight major league teams he played for. Holland-sworth finished his career with 98 home runs and a .273 bat-ting average in 12 seasons.

    BEARS WHO WON THE NORTHWEST LEAGUE MVP

    Conor Jackson, 2003 The first-round pick out of Cal batted .319 with six home runs, 60 RBI and a league-re-cord 35 doubles in helping the Bears to a 45-31 record. He is now with the Oakland Athletics after he was recently traded from the Arizona Diamond-backs.

    Cyle Hankerd, 2006 The third-round pick from USC set a team record by batting .384 for the Bears before being promoted to Lancaster. This season he has split time between Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno.

    BEARS MANAGERS WHO WON NORTHWEST LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

    Joe Vavra, 94 & 96 Vavra guided the Bears to a franchise-best 49-27 record and into the NWL champion-ship series in 1994, and led Yakima to its first title in the modern era in 1996. He is now the hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins.

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