The West Coast League (WCL) is a collegiate summer baseball league based in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia that began in 2005. The League was formerly known as the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League (WCCBL), but was renamed the West Coast League in 2008.
Twitter and website of The West Coast League
The West Coast League is popular among baseball fans in the United States and Canada and abroad as well. The Twitter account for the WCL was created in 2013 and has 7k followers. The website westcoastleague dot com has been visited by a sizable amount of fans during the games.
Players and Season
Only current college-eligible players are allowed to participate in the league, which is meant to develop college talent. Hundreds of professional players have come out of the WCL, including several big leaguers. Professional minor-league teams operate similarly to league teams. The WCL season usually lasts from early June through the middle of August.
Background of West Coast League
The teams competed in 42 games in 2005. For the 2007 season, the WCL used divisions for the first time. Based on geographical location, the league was divided into two divisions: East and West.
The playoffs functioned in an unusual manner. In both divisions, the top two teams in the standings at the end of the season would participate in a best-of-three playoff. The victors of the sets would then compete in the championship series, which was likewise a best two out of three format.
In 2009, the league increased the number of games on the schedule to 48 while also switching to an imbalanced schedule. Since 2012, the West Coast League has assigned each team 54 league games. For the 2010 season, the league added Longview/Kelso (Cowlitz), Washington, as well as Walla Walla, Washington,, resulting in a more balanced schedule. Following the 2010 season, the Moses Lake Pirates folded
The league expanded to Klamath Falls in 2011, resulting in an imbalanced 54-game season. In addition, in the summer of 2011, the Wenatchee Applesox won the East Division Pennant, while the Walla Walla Sweets finished second and beat the Applesox in the Division Playoffs to advance to the Corvallis Knights, where they were defeated 2 games to 0 by the Knights. The Corvallis Knights won the West Division Pennant, while the Bend Elks finished 8 games behind them but lost 2–0 in the Divisional games.
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