Seattle Salts

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Seattle Salts
Founded in 1989
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Team logo

Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Metropolitan League
Division West
Team Info
Name Seattle Salts (1989-present)

Other nicknames Salty Dogs


Colors Red, white, salt blue

              

Owner Marty Kimble

General manager Ryan Sauve
Ballpark
Ballpark Salty Park
Former Olympia Dome (1989-1994)
Titles
Bull Cup championships (1) 1992
League pennants (2) 1992, 2014
Division titles (5) AEL West - 1992, 2004, 2009, 2014—2015, 2017



The Seattle Salts are an American Bull League baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. The team competes in the Bull League playing in the Metropolitan League (ML) West division. They play their home games at Salty Park.

The team name derives from the the nautical slang "salty dog", referring to an experienced sailor. Seattle is a major port city on the Pacific Northwest coast, and is a hub of commercial shipping and fishing activity.

The team all-time win-loss record (from 1995 to 2023) is 1382–1400 (.497).

History

The Salts were first founded in 1989 as part of the former Central League (now called the Lake League), where they resided in the west division. When the first major league reorganization occurred in 1991, and the AEL was formed from the former Southern League, many of the original Southern League teams were disbanded. Seattle was moved to the AEL.

The Salts were the second team to win the Bull Cup Championship Series, taking it in 1992 in a contest against the Ohio Oxen. They then had a very long Bull Cup championship drought, and did not appear again until 2014 when they were swept 3-0 by the Montreal Metros.

Since 1995 they have had a total of 7 playoff appearances.

General managers

Seattle Salts General Managers
Years Name Record Notes
1995–1999 Brian Eberwein 186–196 (.487) Under Eberwein, the team fell from three successive winning seasosn (1995 to 1997) to two of the worst seasons in club history (both under .400) and was promptly let go.
2000–2010 Ben Penland 423–457 (.481) Penland brought back winning seasons, and playoff appearances, but the team continued to struggle to find consistency under his tutelage.
2017 Jerry Perelli 63–37 (.630) Perelli brought the team short-lived success, with a first-place finish in the American Eagle League. Postseason success was limited, however, as the team was squeezed out in the best-of-5 Elimination Round, losing to the Jacksonville Ravens, 3-2. He was fired after just one season.
2018–2023 David Cuellar 307–341 (.474) Dominican-born Cuellar was first announced as assistant GM for 2018, filled the role as GM for much of that year due to an absentee GM. He was finally confirmed as GM the following year, bringing the Salts to a second consecutive postseason and a division first place finish. Again, he found himself relegated to the assistant role in 2020, but that GM too had abandoned the team, and Cuellar continued to steer the club, this time to a first-to-worst finish. Described as a "warm body" GM, who focused on hitting, he continued until the end of the 2023 season.
2024 Ryan Sauve Ryan joined the Salts as a new GM with a fresh perspective prior to the 2024 season.

Retired Numbers

The Seattle Salts have retired only one uniform number since first forming, that of 8-time All Star pitcher Jacques Papierclip, who played 24 seasons in the Bull League, including 8 with Seattle, where he remains the career team leader in wins with 50. In his last season with the Salts, 2007, he led the AEL in wins with 12, and ERA, with 2.51.

Seattle Salts Retired Uniform Numbers
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Jacques Papierclip
1B/OF
Retired 2011

Championships

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The Seattle Salts have just a single Bull Cup Championship Series win. They have two Bull Cup finals appearances, having made an unsuccessful return in 2014.

Bull Cup Championships
Preceded by:
Chicago Knights
1992 Succeeded by:
Chicoutimi Cinquantes
American Eagle League Champions
Preceded by:
Chicago Knights
1992 Succeeded by:
California Tidals
Preceded by:
California Tidals
2014 Succeeded by:
Calgary Inferno
American Eagle League West Division Titles
Preceded by:
Nevada Speeders
1992 Succeeded by:
Nevada Speeders
Preceded by:
Richmond Ravens
2004 Succeeded by:
Richmond Ravens
Preceded by:
Richmond Ravens
2009 Succeeded by:
California Tidals
Preceded by:
California Tidals
20142015 Succeeded by:
San Diego Seagulls
Preceded by:
San Diego Seagulls
2017 Succeeded by:
Current winner

Minor League Affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Orlando Mickeys Cow League Orlando, Florida
AA Blue Ridge Penguins Heifer League Blue Ridge, Georgia
A Winnipeg Gophers Calf League Winnipeg, Manitoba
Short Season A Paradise Dust Devils Milk League Paradise, Nevada