Boise Hawks

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Boise Hawks
Founded in 1987
Boise, Idaho
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Team logo
Minor league affiliations
ClassIndependent (from 2021)
Previous classes Class A Short Season (1987–2020)
League Pioneer League (from 2021)
DivisionTBD (from 2021)
Previous leagues
Northwest League (1987–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamIndependent (from 2021)
Previous teams Colorado Rockies (2015–2020)
Chicago Cubs (2001–2014)
California/Anaheim Angels (1990–2000)
Independent (1987–1989)
Minor league titles
League titles (6)
  • 1991
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 2002
  • 2004
Division titles (10)
  • 1991
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1995
  • 1997
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2012
Team data
NameBoise Hawks (1987–present)
ColorsCity of trees green, deep brick red, sunshine orange, muted-yellow corn silk, white, purple [1]
     
MascotHumphrey the Hawk [2]
Ballpark Memorial Stadium (1989–present)
Previous parks
Bill Wigle Field (1987–1988)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Boise Baseball, LLC
General ManagerMike Van Hise [3]
Manager Gary Van Tol

The Boise Hawks are an independent baseball team of the Pioneer League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB) but is an MLB Partner League. Home games are played at Memorial Stadium in Garden City, Idaho, a small city surrounded by Boise.

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From their establishment in 1987 through 2020, the Hawks were members of the Class A Short Season Northwest League. In conjunction with a contraction of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the team shifted to the Pioneer League, which was converted from an MLB-affiliated rookie league to an independent baseball league and granted status as an MLB Partner League.

History

Prior to moving to the Boise area, the team was the Tri-Cities Triplets, who played in Richland, Washington, for four seasons after moving over from Walla Walla in 1983. [4] An affiliate of the Texas Rangers for the first two seasons in Richland, they operated as an independent in 1985 and 1986. The Triplets were sold in the fall of 1986 to Diamond Sports and moved to Idaho for the 1987 season. [5] [6] Diamond Sports was headed by the Triplets' general manager Mal Fichman. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

Their debut game was on the road and drew over 7,100 at Spokane, aided by the appearance of Hank Aaron. [6] [13] Continuing as an independent for their first three seasons in Boise, they joined the California Angels organization in 1990; the Angels were previously affiliated with the Bend Bucks for two seasons. [14] The Hawks made the playoffs that first season under the Angels and then won the league title four times in the next five years.

After eleven seasons with the Angels, the Hawks moved their affiliation in 2001 to the Chicago Cubs, who were with the Eugene Emeralds for the two previous seasons. [15] [16] Under the Cubs, the Hawks won two league titles and were runners-up three times. After fourteen years with Chicago, the Hawks switched in 2015 to the Rockies, who were previously affiliated with the Tri-City Dust Devils in Pasco for fourteen seasons. [17] The Boise Hawks had the “Dream Team” in 2012. This team had future big leaguers: Dan Vogelbach, Willson Contreras, Albert Almora Jr., Feliz Pena, Stephen Bruno, Marco Hernández, Trey Martin, Yasiel Balancourt, and Pierce Johnson. They also had the MILB Nickname Champ: Rock Shoulders

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire 2020 season for the minor leagues was cancelled. The following winter, as part the reorganization of minor league baseball, the Northwest League was elevated to the classification of High Single-A and renamed High-A West. The league was contracted to six teams and the Hawks were not extended an invitation to continue as a franchise affiliated with a major league organization. The franchise announced they will continue as members of the independent Pioneer League, an MLB Partner League . [18]

Ballparks

The Hawks play their home games at Memorial Stadium in Garden City, north of the Western Idaho Fairgrounds. [19] The facility on the banks of the Boise River has a seating capacity of 3,500; it opened in 1989 for the Hawks' third season, its last without an affiliation. The stadium was privately built by an investor group led by Bill Pereira and son Cord Pereira. For their first two seasons, the Hawks played their home games at Bill Wigle Field on the campus of Borah High School. [9] [19]

Previous Boise teams

Prior to the Hawks, Boise hosted two Northwest League franchises in the 1970s. The Boise A's played two seasons (1975, 1976), then relocated to Canada at Medicine Hat, Alberta. In 1978, the Boise Buckskins played just one season, went bankrupt, and ceased operations. Both clubs played at Borah Field (now Bill Wigle Field).

Boise had been a longtime member of the Pioneer League, then in Class C. The teams were originally known as the Pilots, then as the Yankees (1952, 1953). The club reverted to the Pilots moniker in 1954. Upon signing a player development contract with the Milwaukee Braves, Boise became the Braves and continued the relationship until 1963. Renowned broadcaster Bob Uecker played catcher for the league champion Boise Braves in 1956 and 1958. [20] The Pioneer League teams played at Airway Park, later known as Braves Field, about a half mile (0.8 km) east of Bronco Stadium, in Municipal Park in east Boise, now the site of the headquarters of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Ownership and media

The Boise Hawks are owned by Agon Sports & Entertainment LLC, and the company president is Jeff Eisemann.

Season-by-season record

SeasonPDC Division Finish Wins Losses Win% Post-seasonManagerAttendance
Boise Hawks
1987North4th2650.342 Mal Fichman 71,344
1988North3rd3046.395Mal Fichman67,524
1989North2nd3540.467Mal Fichman127,594
1990 CAL South1st5323.697Lost to Spokane in championship series 1-2 Tom Kotchman 124,270
1991 CAL South1st5026.658Defeated Yakima in championship series 2-0Tom Kotchman132,611
1992 CAL South2nd4036.526Tom Kotchman145,138
1993 CAL South1st4135.539Defeated Bellingham in championship series 2-0Tom Kotchman151,080
1994 CAL South1st4432.579Defeated Yakima in championship series 2-1Tom Kotchman156,950
1995 CAL South1st4827.640Defeated Bellingham in championship series 2-1Tom Kotchman165,255
1996 CAL South2nd4333.566Tom Kotchman148,282
1997 ANA North1st5125.671Lost to Portland in championship series 2-3Tom Kotchman154,819
1998 ANA North1st4729.618Defeated Spokane in division play-off 1-0
Lost to Salem-Keizer in championship series 0-2
Tom Kotchman152,496
1999 ANA North2nd4333.566Tom Kotchman132,885
2000 ANA East2nd4135.539Tom Kotchman133,715
Boise Hawks
2001 CHC East1st5223.693Lost to Salem-Keizer in championship series 0-3Steve McFarland99,840
2002 CHC East1st4927.645Defeated Everett in championship series 3-0Steve McFarland109,646
2003 CHC East4th2749.355Steve McFarland104,156
2004 CHC East1st4234.553Defeated Vancouver in championship series 3-0Tom Beyers107,936
2005 CHC East3rd3442.447Trey Forkerway109,746
2006 CHC East1st4432.579Lost to Salem-Keizer in championship series 1-3Steve McFarland108,876
Boise Hawks
2007 CHC East2nd3739.487Tom Beyers102,878
2008 CHC East2nd4333.566Tom Beyers109,802
2009 CHC East3rd3442.447Casey Kopitzke103,783
2010 CHC East3rd3442.453 Jody Davis 105,671
2011 CHC East2nd3640.474Lost to Tri-City division series 0-2 Mark Johnson 98,860
2012 CHC East1st3739.487Defeated Yakima in division series 2-1
Lost to Vancouver in championship series 1-2
Mark Johnson91,167
2013 CHC South2nd4135.539Defeated Salem-Keizer in division series 2-0
Lost Vancouver in championship series 1-2
Gary Van Tol91,324
2014 CHC South2nd4135.539Lost to Hillsboro in division series 0-2Gary Van Tol87,519
2015 COL South4th3046.395Frank Gonzalez109,945
2016 COL South3rd3344.434 Andy González 114,476
2017 COL South3rd3739.487 Scott Little 121,455
2018 COL South3rd3541.461Scott Little126,192
2019 COL South4th2749.355 Steve Soliz 129,805
Division winnerLeague champions

Current roster

Boise Hawks roster
Active rosterCoaches/Other

Pitchers

  • none listed
 

Catchers

  • none listed

Infielders

  • none listed

Outfielders

  • none listed
 

Manager

  • none listed

Coaches

  • none listed

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‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster  updated May 29, 2021
Transactions

Notable alumni

World Series champions

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Preceded by
Tri-Cities Triplets
Baseball franchise
1987–present
With: Northwest League (1987–2020)
Pioneer League (from 2021)
Succeeded by
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