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 – 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)
Previous
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 (1964–1981)
  • Idaho Falls Yankees (1962–1963)
  • Idaho Falls Russets (1940–1961)
Colors Black, burgundy, silver, white
                   
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 340' to left field, 400' to center field, and 350' to right field. The playing surface is natural grass (Kentucky bluegrass).[2]

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 1926–28, 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

Pitchers

  • 29 Nicholas Andros
  • 24 Brian Bayliss
  • 34 Bryan Brickhouse
  • 43 Daniel Concepcion
  • 39 Matt Ditman
  • 46 Todd Eaton
  • -- Arnaldo Hernandez
  • 26 Carter Hope
  • -- Sam Lewis
  • 44 Stephen Milligan
  • 23 Matt Portland

Catchers

  •  6 Nick Dini

Infielders

  • 22 Ryan Dale
  • 15 Carlos Eduardo Diaz
  • 30 Logan Nottebrok

Outfielders

  • 29 Rudy Martin

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 April 24, 2016
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Kansas City Royals minor league players

Notable Alumni[edit]

Jose Canseco 1989
Jake Peavy, 2007
Kansas City Royals Billy Butler, 2011
Mike Moustakas, Game 1, 2015 World Series

Numerous Idaho Falls Alumni advanced to Major League baseball, some alumni of note include:[3]

References[edit]

External links[edit]