1995 to current Tacoma Rainiers
The 1995 season saw Tacoma finally affiliate with the local major league squad, the
Seattle Mariners. With the new affiliation came a name change to Rainiers - the
long-time nickname of Seattle's PCL team, in the pre-Mariners era.
Nearly all of the homegrown Seattle Mariners players have passed through Tacoma,
including Alex Rodriguez, Jay Buhner and Ken Griffey Jr (on rehab assignments), Raul
Ibanez, Felix Hernandez, JJ Putz, and many more.
The Rainiers had a great run from 2001-2005 under manager Dan Rohn, a three-time
winner of the PCL Manager of the Year award.
Tacoma won a share of the PCL title in 2001 (declared co-champions with New Orleans
when the championship series was called off due to terrorist attacks of September 11),
and the team advanced to the PCL championship series in 2005, only to get swept by
Nashville. The most recent championship title came in 2010, when the Tacoma Rainiers
played all games on the road due to the stadium's largest renovation in history.