Today, the West Coast League unveiled a striking rebrand, beginning a transition from the league’s traditional WC logo to a new WCL mark that evokes the league’s sprawling geography, ranging from central Oregon north through Washington state, British Columbia and, beginning this year, well into Alberta, Canada.
“The West Coast League’s geography is simply unparalleled,” said Commissioner Rob Neyer. “Our new brand evokes our member teams’ stunning views and scenery, but the snowy peak also reflects the WCL’s commitment to player development, with no better environment for talented young players scaling the heights of performance.”
“Our new art brings the WCL’s visual identity up to the level of the amazing talent the league puts on display every summer,” said Alan Miller, Portland Pickles co-owner. “This is a special part of North America, and our desire was to highlight that in the design.”
Dan Segel helped create the West Coast League, and his Corvallis Knights have won eight championships, including the last five straight. “As a founding member, it’s exciting to see the league introduce its first brand refresh,” said Segel. “This new mark, which further connects us with our wonderful footprint, is sleek, professional, and is yet another solid growth step for the WCL.”
Neyer added, “For me, what’s most striking is how this design rewards both a first and second look. You immediately see the letters WCL, even from a distance, and think, ah, the West Coast League. I know them. Great summer ball. But get a little closer, and you notice the subtle, elegant nods to our ballparks’ sublimely dramatic settings. We’ve always been able to tell a great story about our league, but our new art makes that even easier.”
The WCL’s new marks were created by Miller’s COLLiDE Agency and designer Ernesto Gonzalez.
New WCL-branded merchandise is now available from Teambrown Apparel.
Opening Day 2022 is set for Tuesday, May 31, with eight of the League’s 16 teams in action; three days later, every team is slated to start an action-packed weekend. The regular season concludes on Sunday, August 7, followed by the WCL’s new expanded playoffs.
About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the league features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic and state-of-the-art ballparks, all backdropped by dramatic scenery. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles, and the 2021 draft included 42 WCL alumni, including 4 of the first 63 picks.
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