Triple-A baseball named Durham as host city for the 2012 Triple-A National Championship Game, the International League announced today at a press conference at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The one-game, winner-take-all matchup of the champions of the International and Pacific Coast leagues called Oklahoma City home for its first five incarnations. But beginning with this year's game in Albuquerque, the event will have a new home each September.
Durham won the National Championship Game in 2009, with a team featuring Jeremy Hellickson (who started the game against Memphis' Jaime Garcia) and Desmond Jennings.
Triple-A has had fits and starts with a season-ending event. The most recent incarnations included the Triple-A World Series held annually in Las Vegas, a best-of-three series that was held from 1998-2000. The current one-game National Championship began in 2006 as the Bricktown Showdown, pointing at the importance of Oklahoma City in the event's rebirth. But the event will now shift between PCL and IL hosts.
It will be the first Triple-A championship played east of the Mississippi River since the 1983 Triple-A World Series was held in Louisville.
Results for the Triple-A National Championship Game (all held in Oklahoma City):
2006: Tucson 5, Toledo 2
2007: Sacramento 7, Richmond 1
2008: Sacramento 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1
2009: Durham 5, Memphis 4
2010: Columbus 12, Tacoma 6
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