Minor League Baseball On Facebook: Northwest League

By David Cohen 

With the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League seasons having come to an end, baseball is the only game in town, at least until the National Football League kicks off. But there’s more to the sport than Major League Baseball, as most MLB players start out playing Minor League Baseball before reaching “The Show.” AllFacebook begins its look at the Facebook efforts of minor-league ball clubs with the short-season class-A Northwest League.

Class A is the lowest level in the minor-league system, and the two short-season class-A leagues are where the least advanced prospects start out.

Following is a look at the Facebook pages of the eight Northwest League teams, in order of likes.

Spokane Indians

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spokane-Indians/57095916263

Likes: 9,373

Major League affiliation: Texas Rangers

Notable features: The Alaska Airlines Free Flyaway contest; a tab to the team’s Instagram feed powered by InstaTab.

Everett AquaSox

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AquaSox?ref=br_tf

Likes: 7,991

Major League affiliation: Seattle Mariners

Notable features: Everett is hosting the Northwest League’s inaugural All-Star Game Aug. 6.

Boise Hawks

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boise-Hawks/239297582778136

Likes: 7,014

Major League affiliation: Chicago Cubs

Notable features: The ball club hosts Cubbie Sundays, during which fans are encouraged to wear their Cubs gear to the ballpark.

Hillsboro Hops

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HillsboroHops

Likes: 6,813

Major League affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks

Notable features: The team’s status updates focus on the organization’s top prospects, and when and where they were drafted.

Vancouver Canadians

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vancouvercanadians

Likes: 5,087

Major League affiliation: Toronto Blue Jays

Notable features: Fans can purchase tickets directly via the club’s Facebook page; a tab to the team’s Pinterest feed, powered by Woobox.

Tri-City Dust Devils

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tricitydustdevils

Likes: 4,274

Major League affiliation: Colorado Rockies

Notable features: Social Media Tuesday; a tab to the club’s Instagram feed, powered by StatiGram.

Eugene Emeralds

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eugeneemeraldsfanpage

Likes: 4,009

Major League affiliation: San Diego Padres

Notable features: A request for old photos from the team’s former home, Civic Stadium, in preparation for Civic Stadium Night.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Salem-Keizer-Volcanoes/293733381667

Likes: 3,619

Major League affiliation: San Francisco Giants

Notable features: The World Series trophy will make an appearance on San Francisco Giants Night.