2022 Grizzlies Season Recap

The 2022 Fresno Grizzlies broke numerous team and individual records and won the California League Northern Division.

After a memorable 2021 season, the 2022 Fresno Grizzlies had some big cleats to fill. Not only did the 2022 team meet those expectations, but they exceeded them with another unforgettable year. Under the leadership of second-year manager Robinson Cancel, bench coach Steve Soliz, pitching coach Mark Brewer, hitting coach Nic Wilson, performance coach GiGi Payne and athletic trainer Justin Wilson, the Grizzlies made the 20th season in downtown Fresno a historic one.

Throughout the 2022 season, the Fresno Grizzlies broke numerous team and individual records after playing 132 regular season games. The Grizzlies 83-49 record was the best mark in the California League and the second most wins in all of Minor League Baseball after 132 games played (Charleston, 88). The 2022 Grizzlies’ 83 regular season wins were the second most in franchise history, just behind the 2015 Grizzlies, who won 84 games. That 2015 squad would go on to win the PCL Championship. Thanks to their 83 wins, the Grizzlies clinched a playoff berth for the second straight season, winning both the first and second half.

This was the first time in Grizzlies history that the squad made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The last time Fresno baseball made it to the postseason in back-to-back years were the Fresno Cardinals in 1955-1956. Fresno claimed the Northern Division crown after sweeping the San Jose Giants in the best-of-three Divisional Series. The Grizzlies would ultimately fall to the Lake Elsinore Storm in the best-of-three Championship Series, two games to none. The most recent California League title for Fresno came in 1987. Fresno has won the California League title nine times: 1952, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1964, 1968, 1974, 1985 and 1987. The team has also reached and lost the California League championship series four times (1941, 1971, 2021 and 2022).

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