El Paso Chihuahuas
|El Paso Chihuahuas
Founded in 2014
El Paso, Texas
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Pacific Coast League (2014–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||San Diego Padres (2014–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|Nickname||El Paso Chihuahuas (2014–present)
Tucson Padres (2011–2013)
Portland Beavers (2001–2010)
Albuquerque Dukes (1972–2000)
Spokane Indians (1958–1971)
Los Angeles Angels (1903–1957)
|Colors||black, red, tan, white
|Ballpark||Southwest University Park (2014–present)|
|General manager||Mike Feder|
The El Paso Chihuahuas are a minor league baseball team representing El Paso, Texas in the Pacific Coast League (PCL). They are the Triple-A affiliate for the San Diego Padres. The team moved to El Paso from Tucson, Arizona.
The Chihuahuas' heritage can be traced back to the establishment of the original Los Angeles Angels in 1903. These Angels (no relation to the current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) were one of the eight "core teams" of the PCL during its heyday in the 1950s. In 1957, the team was sold to Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley as a harbinger of the Dodgers' move to L.A. the following year.
For 1958, the Angels moved to Spokane and became the (original) Indians. In 1972, the team moved again, this time to Albuquerque. As the Dukes, many of the team's star players and manager Tommy Lasorda formed the core of a Dodgers franchise that won the 1977, 1978 and 1981 pennants and 1981 World Series title.
After nearly two decades, the Dukes became the latest version of the Portland Beavers in 2001. That franchise lasted 10 seasons until the inability to get a new ballpark to replace what is now Providence Park (renovated to accommodate the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer) led to a relocation. At first, the plan was to move to Escondido, California, about 40 miles north of San Diego, as a club owned by the San Diego Padres. But once again, a new ballpark proved elusive, and the team landed in Tucson, Arizona as the Tucson Padres.
Coming to El Paso
On July 30, 2012, the Pacific Coast League gave preliminary approval to MountainStar Sports Group to buy the Padres, with the intent to relocate the franchise to El Paso for the 2014 season. The deal was approved on September 17, 2012, pending approval for a ballpark by city council. Ballpark approval was made on September 18, with the mayor deciding not to veto the deal. The final sale of the Padres to MountainStar Sports was approved on September 26, 2012.
A name-the-team contest was held to decide the team's nickname. Finalists were Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Chihuahuas, Desert Gators and Sun Dogs. The winning name was submitted by Shae Vierra. On October 22, 2013, the Chihuahuas name, logo and colors were announced.
Due to construction delays at the site of Southwest University Park, the Chihuahuas played their first 24 games of the 2014 season on the road, including a four-game series against the Reno Aces that was moved from El Paso to Tucson. The home opener finally took place on April 28, a 2–1 loss to the Fresno Grizzlies.
El Paso Chihuahuas roster
7-day disabled list
- Alex Williams (24 October 2012). "Tucson padres: Ex-ASU coach named manager". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
- Hill, Benjamin (October 22, 2013). "Chihuahuas rule the day in El Paso". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 22, 2013.
- "Mayor decides against veto, baseball in downtown by 2014", KVIA Retrieved 09-20-2012
- Chihuahas schedule  Retrieved 04-18-2014