(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium - Vancouver, B.C.) - The Northwest League of Professional Baseball announced its 2017 All-Star Team and Manager of the Year which turned out to be good news for both Vancouver Canadians DH Riley Adams and manager Rich Miller.
Miller, 65, has guided the Canadians to the best overall record in the Northwest League (41-33, .554) through 74 regular season games and led Vancouver to a first-half North Division pennant with a 21-17 (.553) record.
The native of Pennsylvania has been with the Toronto Blue Jays organization since 2009 and last managed the Vancouver Canadians in 2011 guiding them to the franchise's first-ever Northwest League Championship. Miller was previously the Toronto Blue Jays Senior Advisor for the organizations Minor League Operations.
Canadians catcher Riley Adams was surprisingly the only player from Vancouver named to the NWL All-Star Team. Currently 5th in batting average (.312) in 51 games with the Canadians, Adams ranks 1st in doubles (16), 3rd in home runs (3), 3rd in hits (62) and 2nd in RBI (35) among those on the Vancouver Roster.
Selected in the 3rd Round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, Adams was named to the mid-season Northwest League vs. Pioneer League All-Star Game going 1-for-1 (1.000) and was recently named the Vancouver Canadians Most Valuable Player for his efforts over the course of the season.
2017 Northwest League Post-Season All-Stars
Most Valuable Player: Ryan Kirby Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco)
Pitcher of the Year: Andres Torres Everett Aquasox (Seattle)
Manager of the Year: Rich Miller Vancouver Canadians (Toronto)
Catcher: Daulton Varsho Hillsboro Hops (Arizona)
First Base: Ryan Kirby Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco)
Second Base: Bret Boswell Boise Hawks (Colorado)
Third Base: Danny Edgeworth Boise Hawks (Colorado)
Shortstop: Camden Duzenack Hillsboro Hops (Arizona)
Outfield: Steven Linkous Boise Hawks (Colorado)
Bryce Johnson Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco)
Miguel Aparicio Spokane Indians (Texas)
Designated Hitter: Riley Adams Vancouver Canadians (Toronto)
Pitchers: Jesus Caramgo Eugene Emeralds (Chicago -NL)
Cole Ragans Spokane Indians (Texas)
Ben Sheckler Tri-City Dust Devils (San Diego)
Andres Torres Everett Aquasox (Seattle)
Stetson Woods Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (San Francisco)
The Vancouver Canadians are in Pasco, Washington tonight to face the Tri-City Dust Devils at 7:15pm and can be heard live at www.canadiansbaseball.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.