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Pacific Coast League Returns

OKC Dodgers return to league that first started in 1903 and features a new logo in 2022

The new Pacific Coast League logo unveiled in March 2022. Logo courtesy of Minor League Baseball.

The Oklahoma City Dodgers are back competing in the storied Pacific Coast League.

In March, Minor League Baseball announced the return of historical names for the 11 leagues in Major League Baseball’s development system. The leagues used regional names during the 2021 season, while the rights to use the historic league names were in the process of being acquired by MLB, according to a press release.

All league logos from the 2019 season are back, with the exception of a new logo for the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. MLB also updated the classification level names to Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A.

“Major League Baseball is pleased to restore the historic names for each of the minor leagues that our fans are familiar with,” Peter Woodfork, Major League Baseball’s Senior Vice President of Minor League Operations and Development, said in a release. “We are excited for what the future holds for each of these leagues and the communities that make up Minor League Baseball.”

The PCL was originally founded in 1903 and will feature 10 teams in 2022, including the Dodgers, Albuquerque Isotopes, El Paso Chihuahuas, Las Vegas Aviators, Reno Aces, Round Rock Express, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, Sugar Land Space Cowboys, and Tacoma Rainiers. All 10 teams also competed against one another last season in Triple-A West.

Oklahoma City’s baseball franchise originally competed in the PCL from 1963–68 as the 89ers and again from 1998–2014 as the RedHawks and 2015–19 as the Dodgers.

In addition to numerous current Los Angeles Dodgers and other MLB stars, the league’s notable alumni include Joe DiMaggio, Tony Gwynn, Juan Marichal, Pedro Martínez, David Ortiz, Mike Piazza and Ted Williams.

  • Read more about the PCL’s new logo and the design process performed by the Tacoma Rainiers here.
  • Read more about the return of historical league names to Minor League Baseball here.

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