The San Diego Padres have been pretty active with signing PDC extensions this week. Not only did they extend the deal with their A Full Season affiliate, the Fort Wayne TinCaps, they also signed a new extension with the Lake Elsinore Storm, one of the eight remaining teams in the California League in 2017.
The contract between the two clubs was extended with two years through the 2018 season.
The two clubs are in cooperation since 2001, when the Padres replaced the California Angels.
Storm GM Raj Narayanan led off exchanging the pleasantries by stating that the Storm welcome the opportunity to extend the 16 year affiliation with the San Diego Padres and look forward to creating more relationships within the Padres front office and fan base. “It’s truly a great partnership that ultimately benefits our fans – some of the best in baseball – as they get an opportunity to watch future Padres play just an hour away from where their Major League dreams can take them”, Narayanan said.
The Storm is one of the more successful current teams of the California League, reaching the playoffs in twelve of the sixteen seasons since joining the Padres. The team won the California League pennant in 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2011.
The 16-year long affiliation between the Padres and the Storm is the second longest in the Cal League.
According to Padres Executive Vice President / General Manager A.J. Preller, continuing the relationship with Lake Elsinore was a top priority for the Padres. “Having our High-A affiliate so close to San Diego allows players unparalleled exposure, not only to our front office and player development staff but also to Padres fans who have the opportunity to visit our prospects at The Diamond.”
The history of the Lake Elsinore Storm goes back to 1979 when the team played in Santa Clara as the Padres. In 1980 the team moved to Rohnert Park and operated under the name of Redwood Pioneers. The team would stay in Rohnert Park through the 1985 season. But in 1986 the team moved to Palm Springs and became the Palm Springs Angels.
Eventually in 1994 the team ended up in Lake Elsinore, where the team adopted an own identity. The club opted for the name Storm for marketing reasons. The club has one of the coolest and best selling caps in MiLB.
The team is playing at the beautiful Lake Elsinore Diamond which was opened in 1994, Despite the age, it is still a beautiful ballpark.
Several MLB players that called Lake Elsinore home are: Jake Peavy, Darin Erstad, John Lackey, Francisco Rodriguez, Corey Kluber and Chase Headley.