one step closer to the big leagues



APRIL 5, 2017 - PORTLAND, OR:  The Portland Pickles, Portland's only collegiate wood-bat team and charter member of the Great West League, are excited to announce a transition in ownership. Jon Ryan, punter for the Seattle Seahawks and Alan Miller, founder of COLLiDE, will join Bill Stewart as new team owners for the team’s second season.

As part of this new transition of ownership, the Portland Pickles have unveiled a number of new updates to the stadium, including themed event nights such as Twin Peaks night, Tackle Jon Ryan Night, Salute to the Seattle Mariners Night and a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the famed Portland Mavericks.

“I am thrilled to be combining two of my passions, the Pacific Northwest and baseball,” said Ryan. “I hope through my passion and experience that I can help grow the Portland Pickles and work a championship win.”

“Both Jon Ryan and Alan Miller bring a unique skillset and experience to the table that will bring invaluable additions to the Portland Pickles,” said owner Bill Stewart. “I’m excited for us to work together to provide great baseball and entertainment for the Portland community.”

The 2017 Portland Pickles season kicks off with the first game on the road on May 30th against the Chico Heat at Nettleton Stadium. The countdown is on for the first home opener, now only 62 days, against the Marysville Gold Sox. Overall, the Pickles will have 32 homes games this summer at Walker Stadium. For more information about the 2017 season and the full schedule, visit

About Bill Stewart: A career hockey executive, Bill made the jump to baseball and was instrumental to the success of the team's inaugural season.  He has fifteen years of experience operating minor league hockey teams, most recently with the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League. Bill also served as CEO of the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL, where he helped orchestrate a record of 424 consecutive sold-out home games.

About Jon Ryan: Ryan is a Canadian professional American football punter for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He helped the Seahawks win the Vince Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVIII over the Denver Broncos. He played college football for the University of Regina Rams, and began his professional career with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL) after being selected in the Canadian College Draft. He was then signed by the Green Bay Packers of the NFL in 2006 and joined the Seahawks in 2008.

About Alan Miller: Alan Miller has over 20 years’ experience in entertainment and cultural marketing. Over that time, he founded COLLiDE Agency, Culture Collide festival, Travel with Purpose media network and co-founded influential music and culture magazine FILTER. Since 2014, COLLiDE agency has developed marketing campaigns for innovative companies including Landmark Theatres, E&J Gallo, Converse, MARS, Dr. Martens, Macy’s and dozens more.

About COLLiDE Sport: COLLiDE is a North American boutique agency weaving brands into the cultural fabric in meaningful ways. Building on its decade-plus foundation of cross-cultural marketing experience, the COLLiDE agency sets a new charter for brands to explore. COLLiDE specializes in full brand integration. Current COLLiDE agency clients include Hard Rock Hotels, MARS, Dr. Martens, Gallo Spirits, Barefoot Wine, Jack Mason Watches, Silvercar, Landmark Theatres, JanSport, and many others.

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About the Great West League

The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, poviding a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers. The league also provides affordable family entertainment, enriching its member communities in California and Oregon.