Triple-A Baseball National Championship

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The Bricktown Showdown was renamed the Triple-A Baseball National Championship in 2009. The annual event is a one-game playoff between the champions of the International League and the Pacific Coast League. The event venue rotates on a yearly basis, similar to the Triple-A All-Star Game venue selection.

In May of 2022, the Triple-A Triple Championship Weekend was announced as a replacement for the Triple-A Baseball National Championship. The new format, debuting at Las Vegas Ballpark September 30th through October 2nd featured three one-game showdowns: the International League's division winners played for their league title Friday, the PCL's two titlists did so on the Saturday, and the two winners faced off on Sunday for the Triple-A crown. The championship is slated to return to its traditional format in 2023.


Date Winner (League) Score Loser (League) Venue
September 22, 2009 Durham Bulls (IL) 5-4 (11) Memphis Redbirds (PCL) SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City, OK
September 21, 2010 Columbus Clippers (IL) 12-6 Tacoma Rainiers (PCL) SBC Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City, OK
September 20, 2011 Columbus Clippers (IL) 8-3 Omaha Storm Chasers (PCL) Isotopes Park, Albuquerque, NM
September 18, 2012 Reno Aces (PCL) 10-3 Pawtucket Red Sox (IL) Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, NC
september 17, 2013 Omaha Storm Chasers (PCL) 2-1 Durham Bulls (IL) Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, PA
September 16, 2014 Omaha Storm Chasers (PCL) 4-2 Pawtucket Red Sox (IL) BB&T Ballpark, Charlotte, NC
September 22, 2015 Fresno Grizzlies (PCL) 7-0 Columbus Clippers (IL) Southwest University Park, El Paso, TX
September 21, 2016 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (IL) 3-1 El Paso Chihuahuas (PCL) AutoZone Park, Memphis, TN
September 19, 2017 Durham Bulls (IL) 5-3 Memphis Redbirds (PCL) PNC Field, Moosic, PA
September 18, 2018 Memphis Redbirds (PCL) 14-4 Durham Bulls (IL) Huntington Park, Columbus, OH
September 17, 2019 Sacramento RiverCats (PCL) 14-4 Columbus Clippers (IL) AutoZone Park, Memphis, TN
2020 event cancelled due to COVID-19.
2021 event cancelled due to COVID-19.
October 2, 2022 Durham Bulls (IL) 10-6 Reno Aces (PCL) Las Vegas Ballpark, Las Vegas, NV
September 30, 2023 Norfolk Tides (IL) 7-6 Oklahoma City Dodgers (PCL) Las Vegas Ballpark, Las Vegas, NV

Game MVPs[edit]

  • 2009: Jeremy Hellickson, Durham. Hellickson pitched five scoreless innings and left with a 4-0 lead.
  • 2010: Jerad Head, Columbus. Head went 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBI.
  • 2011: Joe Martinez, Columbus. Martinez pitched seven innings to get the win, only giving up a 3-run homer in the first inning.
  • 2012: A.J. Pollock, Reno. Pollock went 2-for-5 with a triple, double, two runs scored and an RBI.
  • 2013: Chris Dwyer, Omaha. Dwyer tosses perfect ball for 6 2/3 innings before a Tim Beckham single, fanning 7.
  • 2014: Brett Hayes, Omaha. Hayes hit a two-run home run in the seventh.
  • 2015: Chris Devenski, Fresno. Devenski pitched 5 perfect innings and struck out 9 in 7 innings of one-hit ball.
  • 2016: Chris Parmelee, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Parmelee's three-run homer in the 1st was the winning hit.
  • 2017: Kean Wong, Durham. Wong finishes a triple shy of the cycle, including a grand slam.
  • 2018: Alex Mejia, Memphis. Mejia was 5 for 5 with 5 RBI.
  • 2019: Caleb Baragar, Sacramento. Baragar threw five shutout innings.
  • 2022: Bligh Madris, Durham. Madris goes 4 for 5 with two doubles and four RBI.
  • 2023: Colton Cowser, Norfolk. Cowser hit a 455-foot grand slam with his team down 2-1 in the 7th.

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