The Winnipeg Goldeyes are a professional baseball team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Goldeyes play in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which they joined in 2011. The American Association is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Previously, the Goldeyes were members of the Northern League from 1994 until 2010. The Goldeyes were champions of the Northern League in 1994. They are also three-time champions of the American Association; having won in 2012, and back-to-back in 2016–2017.
|League||American Association (North Division)|
|Ballpark||Shaw Park (1999–present)|
|League championships||4 (1994, 2012, 2016, 2017)|
|Division championships||10 (1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2017)|
|Colours||Red, navy blue, white, gold|
|Retired numbers||5, 6, 21 and 31|
|General Manager||Andrew Collier|
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There have been two separate and distinct baseball teams based out of Winnipeg to use the Goldeyes name, each playing in different incarnations of the Northern League. They first played in the original Northern League from 1954 until 1964. During that time, the Goldeyes were a minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and they won the league championship three times (1957, 1959, and 1960). The Goldeyes returned to the Short Season-A Northern League for one season, 1969, as an affiliate of the expansion Kansas City Royals, but they did not return in 1970, and the entire league shut down after the 1971 season.
The Goldeyes name was resurrected in 1994 when the independent league Rochester Aces of the new Northern League relocated to Winnipeg. It was decided the team would take on the name of the former Winnipeg team in honor of the past. In their inaugural season in Winnipeg, the new Goldeyes captured the Northern League championship.
The Goldeyes became the longest tenured franchise in the Northern League following the departure of the St. Paul Saints, Sioux City Explorers and Sioux Falls Canaries to the breakaway American Association in 2005; however, the team would jump to the American Association after the 2010 season. The Goldeyes captured their first American Association championship in 2012, sweeping the Wichita Wingnuts in the finals.
The Goldeyes would fuel their rivalry in 2016, when they defeated the Wingnuts in Game 5 in Wichita for their second American Association Championship. Next season the teams would meet again; this matchup looked as if the Wingnuts won the series in Game 4 after a ground-out won the game and the team began celebrating on the mound. However, the ump had called a balk and the strike was re-thrown; the Goldeyes tied the game later in the at-bat and forced a marathon 17-inning game. This was the longest game in American Association history, which they won to play a game 5. The Goldeyes would seal back-to-back championships with an 18-2 victory over Wichita at home in Winnipeg.
From 1994 to 1998, the Goldeyes played their homes games at Winnipeg Stadium, a Canadian football stadium retrofitted for baseball. The team moved into CanWest Global Park (now Shaw Park), their own baseball-only facility, prior to the 1999 season.
|First Half||Second Half||Overall|
|1995||NL||N/A||25–17||2nd||22–21||3rd||47–38||.553||Lost championship series|
|1996||NL||West||25–17||2nd||25–17||2nd||50–34||.595||Lost divisional series|
|1997||NL||West||29–12||1st||24–18||2nd||53–30||.639||Lost championship series|
|1998||NL||West||25–18||2nd||33–10||1st||58–28||.674||Lost division series|
|1999||NL||West||28–15||1st||20–23||3rd||48–38||558||Lost championship series|
|2000||NL||West||24–19||3rd||24–19||2nd||48–38||.558||Lost Central semi-final|
|2001||NL||North||29–16||1st||23–22||1st||52–38||.578||Lost championship series|
|2002||NL||North||28–17||1st||28–17||1st||56–34||.622||Lost championship series|
|2003||NL||East||26–18||2nd||29–16||1st||55–34||.618||Lost championship series|
|2004||NL||North||26–21||3rd||30–18||2nd||56–39||.589||Did not qualify|
|2005||NL||North||22–25||4th||25–23||4th||47–48||.495||Did not qualify|
|2006||NL||North||27–21||2nd||25–23||2nd||52–44||.542||Lost West final|
|2007||NL||North||27–20||2nd||25–23||2nd||52–43||.547||Lost Division Finals|
|2010||NL||N/A||46–53||6th||N/A||N/A||46–53||.465||Did not qualify|
|2011||AA||North||60–40||1st||N/A||N/A||60–40||.600||Lost Division Finals|
|2013||AA||North||56–44||2nd||N/A||N/A||56–44||.560||Did not qualify|
|2014||AA||North||63–37||1st||N/A||N/A||63–37||.630||Lost division series|
|2015||AA||North||47–52||2nd||N/A||N/A||47–52||.475||Did not qualify|
|2018||AA||North||41–59||5th||N/A||N/A||41–59||.410||Did not qualify|
|2019||AA||North||57–43||4th||N/A||N/A||57–43||.570||Did not qualify|
- 1994 season: Defeated Sioux City 3-1 to win championship.
- 1995 season: Lost to St. Paul 3-1 in championship.
- 1996 season: Lost to Fargo-Moorhead 2-1 in semifinals.
- 1997 season: Defeated Fargo-Moorhead 3-2 in semifinals; lost to Duluth-Superior 3-2 in championship.
- 1998 season: Lost to Fargo-Moorhead 3-1 in semifinals.
- 1999 season: Defeated Sioux City 3-0 in quarterfinals; defeated Fargo-Moorhead 3-0 in semifinals; lost to Albany-Colonie 3-1 in championship.
- 2000 season: Lost to Fargo-Moorhead 3-0 in quarterfinals.
- 2001 season: Defeated Fargo-Moorhead 3-2 in quarterfinals; defeated Lincoln 3-1 in semifinals; lost to New Jersey 3-1 in championship.
- 2002 season: Defeated Lincoln 3-2 in quarterfinals; defeated Sioux City 3-1 in semifinals; lost to New Jersey 3-1 in championship.
- 2003 season: Defeated St. Paul 3-2 in semifinals; lost to Fargo-Moorhead 3-1 in championship.
- 2006 season: Lost to Fargo-Moorhead 3-2 in semifinals.
- 2007 season: Lost to Gary 3-2 in semifinals.
- 2008 season: Lost to Gary 3-1 in semifinals.
- 2009 season: Lost to Fargo-Moorhead 3-2 in semifinals.
- 2011 season: Lost to St. Paul 3-2 in semifinals.
- 2012 season: Defeated Fargo-Moorhead 3-0 in semifinals; defeated Wichita 3-0 to win championship.
- 2014 season: Lost to Lincoln 3-2 in semifinals.
- 2016 season: Defeated St. Paul 3-2 in semifinals; defeated Wichita 3-2 to win championship.
- 2017 season: Defeated Lincoln 3-1 in semifinals; defeated Wichita 3-2 to win championship.
Winnipeg Goldeyes roster
|Active (22-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
- #5 Brian Duva
- #6 Max Poulin
- #21 Donnie Smith
- #22 Hal Lanier
- #31 Andrew "Ace" Walker
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- Four Clubs Added to American Association
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- "Goldeyes keep championship hopes alive with wild 17-inning win". CBC Manitoba. September 19, 2017.
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- Winnipeg Goldeyes official site
- Winnipeg Goldeyes Fan club web site
- CJNU broadcasts all Winnipeg Goldeyes games
- nlfan.com Winnipeg Goldeyes Guide
- nlfan.com Rochester Aces Guide