Idaho Falls Chukars

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Idaho Falls Chukars
Founded in 1940
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Rookie Advanced (1964–present)
Previous Class A (1963)
Class C (1940–42, 1946–62)
Minor league affiliations
League Pioneer League (1940–42, 1946–present)[1]
Division South Division
Previous leagues
Utah–Idaho League (1926–28)
Major league affiliations
Current Kansas City Royals (2004–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (7)
  • 1952
  • 1963
  • 1970
  • 1974
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2013
Division titles (7)
  • 1978
  • 1982
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2013
Team data
Nickname Idaho Falls Chukars (2004–present)
Previous names
  • Idaho Falls Padres (2000–03)
  • Idaho Falls Braves (1993–99)
  • Idaho Falls Gems (1992)
  • Idaho Falls Braves (1986–91)
  • Idaho Falls Eagles (1985)
  • Idaho Falls A's (1982–84)
  • Idaho Falls Angels (1966–81)
  • Idaho Falls Yankees (1962–65)
  • Idaho Falls Russets (1940–42, 1946–61)
Colors Burgundy, silver, black[2]
              
Mascot Charlie the Chukar
Ballpark Melaleuca Field (2007–present)
Previous parks
McDermott Field (1978–2006)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Elmore Sports Group
Manager Justin Gemoll
General Manager Kevin Greene

The Idaho Falls Chukars are a professional baseball club based in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Chukars are a Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. They play their home games at Melaleuca Field, which has a seating capacity of 3,400. The dimensions of the ballpark are 350' to left field, 390' to center field, and 340' to right field. The playing surface is natural grass (Kentucky bluegrass).[3]

The team plays in the Pioneer League, a short-season league operating from June to early September, which is designated as Rookie Advanced League. They adopted the name the Chukars following a fan vote when the major league affiliation changed after the 2003 season. A chukar is a game bird found in the region.[4]

Franchise history[edit]

After fielding a team in the Utah–Idaho League from 1926 to 1928, the franchise restarted in 1940 and were called the Russets, playing in the Pioneer League.[5] The team has played each season since then, under various major league affiliations and nicknames, except for three years that the Pioneer League suspended operation due to World War II. Some famous baseball alumni of Idaho Falls teams are Billy Martin, Joe Maddon, Jose Canseco, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler.

Current roster[edit]

Idaho Falls Chukars roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Andrew Beckwith
  • 29 Geoffrey Bramblett
  • -- Holden Capps
  • 36 Robert Garcia
  • 26 Jeremy Gwinn
  • -- Danny Hrbek
  • 11 Janser Lara
  • 24 Christopher Marte
  • 28 David McKay
  • -- Josh Mitchell
  •  4 Damon Olds
  • 35 Julio Pinto
  • 22 Michael Silva

Catchers

  • 20 Freddy Fermin
  • 52 Chris Hudgins
  • 32 Darrell Miller

Infielders

  •  1 Offerman Collado
  • 23 Julio Gonzalez
  • 14 Logan Gray
  • 49 Robby Rinn
  • 18 Tyler Straub
  •  5 Jake Wakamatsu

Outfielders

  •  8 Amalani Fukofuka
  •  9 Dalton Griffin
  •  3 Jonathan McCray
  •  7 Cristhian Vasquez


Manager

  • 17 Justin Gemoll

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Kansas City Royals 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 16, 2017
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Kansas City Royals minor league players

Broadcasting[edit]

All 76 regular season games and every postseason game can be heard on KSPZ (ESPN Radio affiliate) 980 AM - 105.1 FM and 94.5 FM throughout Eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls and Pocatello. Logan Ratick is the Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations, serving as the solo play-by-play voice for all road games and working in the booth with longtime broadcaster John Balginy for all home games.

Notable alumni[edit]

Numerous Idaho Falls alumni advanced to Major League baseball, some alumni of note include:[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/register/team.cgi?city=Idaho%20Falls&state=ID&country=US&empty=0
  2. ^ "Chukars Proudly Release New Logo". Idaho Falls Chukars. November 18, 2003. Archived from the original on January 4, 2004. Retrieved September 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Melaleuca Field Information". Idaho Falls Chukars. March 15, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Hill, Benjamin (July 14, 2017). "On the Road: Idaho Falls' 'Mother Chukar'". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved September 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Idaho Falls Russets". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ http://www.sportscollectorsdaily.com/the-strange-saga-of-clancy-smyres-and-why-his-autograph-is-more-valuable-than-babe-ruth/

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