Idaho Falls Chukars

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Idaho Falls Chukars
Founded in 1940
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Rookie Advanced (1964–present)
Previous Class – C (1940–1963)
Minor league affiliations
League Pioneer League (1946–present; 1940–42)[1]
Division South Division
Previous leagues
Utah–Idaho League (1926–28)
Major league affiliations
Current Kansas City Royals (2004–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 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 (2000–2003)
  • Idaho Falls Braves (1986–1991, 1993–1999)
  • Idaho Falls Gems (1992)
  • Idaho Falls Eagles (1985)
  • Idaho Falls A's (1982–1984)
  • Idaho Falls Angels (1966–1981)
  • Idaho Falls Yankees (1962–1965)
  • Idaho Falls Russets (1940–1942, 1946–1961)
  • Inactive due to World War II (1943–1945)
Colors Burgundy, black, silver, white[2]
Mascot Charlie the Chukar
Ballpark Melaleuca Field (2007–present)
Previous parks
McDermott Field (1978–2006)
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 340' to left field, 400' to center field, and 350' 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.

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. Some famous baseball alumni of the Idaho Falls ball club are Billy Martin, Joe Maddon, Jose Canseco, Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler.

Current roster[edit]

Idaho Falls Chukars roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • -- Brian Abreu
  • -- Adrian Alcantara
  • 46 Emmanuel Camacho
  • 30 Igol Feliz
  • 33 Arnaldo Hernandez ‡
  • 28 Alex Luna
  • -- Victor Medina
  • -- Braulio Nunez
  • 48 Matt Portland
  • -- Corey Ray
  • 49 Paul Young


  • 15 Mark Sanchez
  • -- Luis Villegas


  • -- John Brontsema
  • 12 Ryan Dale
  • 34 Joe Dudek
  •  6 Jordan Ebert


  •  3 Nick Heath
  •  2 Rudy Martin
  • 23 Yeison Melo
  •  1 Luke Willis


  • 17 Justin Gemoll


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 April 9, 2017
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Kansas City Royals minor league players


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:[4]


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