Colorado Springs Sky Sox

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Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Founded in 1988
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Triple-A (1988–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Pacific Coast League (1988–present)
Conference American Conference
Division Northern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Milwaukee Brewers (2015–present)
Previous Colorado Rockies (1993–2014)
Cleveland Indians (1988–1992)
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 1992
  • 1995
Division titles (3)
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2017
Team data
Nickname Colorado Springs Sky Sox (1988–present)
Colors Red, white, navy blue
              
Mascot Sox the Fox
Ballpark Security Service Field (1988–present)
Previous parks
Spurgeon Stadium (1988)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Elmore Sports Group
Manager Rick Sweet
General Manager Tony Ensor

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are a minor league baseball team in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The team plays in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and is the Triple-A affiliate of the major league Milwaukee Brewers. The Sky Sox won the PCL title in 1992 and again in 1995.

In 2019, the Sky Sox Triple-A franchise will be transferred to San Antonio, Texas, where it will continue in the PCL as the San Antonio Missions.

History[edit]

From 1950 to 1958, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox were a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in the Western League. The Sky Sox's nickname originated with their affiliation with the White Sox. The Pikes Peak region was without professional baseball for 30 years until 1988, when the Hawaii Islanders of the PCL relocated to Colorado Springs and became the second incarnation of the Sky Sox. From 1988 to 1992 the Sky Sox were the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. When Denver was awarded a major league franchise for the 1993 season, the new Colorado Rockies arranged for the Sky Sox to become their top farm team.[1]

During their first season, the Sky Sox moved from Spurgeon Stadium (in Memorial Park) to the brand new Sky Sox Stadium, now known as Security Service Field. The ballpark, on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs, cost US$3.4 million[2] to build and seats 8,500 spectators. In recent years, the Sky Sox have invested over $8 million on ballpark renovations which included a new video scoreboard, redesigned entrance plaza, new picnic facility and banquet hall. It has the highest elevation of any professional ballpark in the United States: its natural grass field sits at 6,531 feet (1,991 m) above sea level.

On June 21, 2017, team owner David G. Elmore announced the relocation of the Sky Sox Triple-A franchise to San Antonio, Texas, in 2019, where the team will continue to compete in the Pacific Coast League as the San Antonio Missions, who are currently members of the Double-A Texas League.[3] They will initially play in Wolff Stadium while negotiations continue for a new ballpark downtown.[4] Construction of the ballpark has been endorsed by Mayor Ivy Taylor and would be partly funded by taxpapers.[5] The Rookie Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League will relocate to Colorado Springs, but operate under a new identity.[6]

Roster[edit]

Colorado Springs Sky Sox roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Milwaukee Brewers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated May 8, 2018
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Pacific Coast League
Milwaukee Brewers minor league players

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colorado Springs, Colorado Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 23, 2018. 
  2. ^ Knight, Graham (August 9, 2009). "Security Service Field – Colorado Springs Sky Sox". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved April 23, 2018. 
  3. ^ "San Antonio to join PCL beginning in 2019". Pacific Coast League. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ Reichard, Kevin (June 21, 2017). "Elmore Sports Group: Three Franchise Shifts in 2019". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved June 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ Baugh, Josh (April 22, 2016). "Taylor planning to build support for new ballpark"Paid subscription required. San Antonio Express-News. pp. A1, A9. Retrieved July 6, 2017. 
  6. ^ "New Name on Tap for Colorado Springs Pioneer League Team". Ballpark Digest. June 13, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 

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