Rich Miller named NWL Manager of the Year

Canadians DH Riley Adams named to post-season All-Star Team while Miller named top bench boss

Canadians Rich Miller becomes first manager to receive coveted honour since Clayton McCullough (2012). (Mark Steffens - Fotoguy)

By Rob Fai / Vancouver Canadians | September 2, 2017 5:43 PM


(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




This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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