VICTORIA, British Columbia — The Peter Gammons Baseball League no longer features two Maple Leaf franchises in British Columbia.
The B.C. Bucs have relocated to Toronto for 2016 campaign and will now be known as the “Tigers.” Ownership has decided the time has come to move away from the former nickname.
B.C. joined the PGBL as one of four expansion teams debuting in the 2004 season. Pittsburgh is the last of those four clubs to remain in its original location; Alabama moved to Compton in 2011 and San Diego moved to Twin City in 2014.
The Toronto Tigers are expected to announce additional details about the relocation, including a new official email address, at a later date.
Toronto now has its second franchise following the 2006 departure of the BlueBirds (now the London Arsenal), one of the league’s 10 charter members.
With the departure of B.C., Vancouver is once again the province’s lone franchise. The Wildcats’ closest geographic rival is now the Calgary RoughRiders.
As the Bucs vacate B.C., Vancouver has decided to move its Triple-A farm team from Denver to Victoria and retain the Bucs’ nickname and logo (with an altered color scheme to match the parent club).