Amarillo Sod Poodles
|Amarillo Sod Poodles|
Founded in 2019
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Texas League (2019–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||San Diego Padres (2019–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (0)||None|
|Nickname||Amarillo Sod Poodles (2019–present)|
|Colors||Texas Blue, Amarillo Yellow, Route 66 Retro Blue, Texas Red, white|
|Elmore Sports Group|
|General Manager||Tony Ensor|
The Amarillo Sod Poodles, nicknamed the Soddies, are a Minor League Baseball of the Texas League based in Amarillo, Texas. They are the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Their home games are played at Hodgetown, a new $45.5 million stadium in downtown Amarillo.
On June 21, 2017, David G. Elmore, president of Elmore Sports Group, announced the relocation of the San Antonio Missions Double-A franchise to Amarillo in 2019, with the team set to compete in the Texas League under a new nickname. This move was part of a larger relocation wherein the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League relocated to San Antonio in 2019, continuing the use of the Missions nickname at the Triple-A level, and the Helena Brewers of the rookie level Pioneer League moved to Colorado Springs.
The team's name was decided in a name-the-team contest. Five finalists were selected: "Boot Scooters," "Bronc Busters," "Jerky," "Long Haulers," and "Sod Poodles." The names received negative feedback from locals over their absurd nature, but the team indicated their intention to adopt an unusual, family-friendly name. The chosen name, Sod Poodles, is in reference to the prevalence of prairie dogs in West Texas. Amarillo's home ballpark was named Hodgetown in honor of Amarillo pharmacist, businessman, philanthropist, and 26th Mayor of Amarillo Jerry Hodge.
The Sod Poodles played their first game, a 5–2 loss, on April 4, 2019, against the Corpus Christi Hooks at Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi. Their first win came the next evening when they defeated the Hooks, 7–5. The winning run was scored in the top of the seventh inning when Matthew Batten tripled and later scored on a Buddy Reed single. In their inaugural home opener on April 8, the Sod Poodles lost to the Midland RockHounds, 9–4 in 10 innings. The opener was attended by 7,175 people.
Amarillo Sod Poodles roster
7-day injured list
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