Just when I finished my previous blogpost about the extension of the PDC between the Giants and the GreenJackets, the next announcement comes in.
The Colorado Springs SkySox (AAA, Pacific Coast League) and the Milwaukee Brewers have extended their player development contract with two years. The contract will run through the 2018 season.
Since 2015, the first year of the PDC, 43 SkySox players were promoted to the Bigs.
Sky Sox President and General Manager Tony Ensor stated that Over the past 2 years, our partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers has been a tremendous success and a source of great pride for the Colorado Springs community. “Security Service Field has been the launching pad for numerous Major League baseball players including Zach Davies, Orlando Arcia, Domingo Santana and many more and we look forward to continuing that tradition. As we celebrate our 30th Anniversary, Sky Sox will continue to showcase some of the best professional baseball talent in the country while matching that talent against the league’s best in the hopes of bringing another Pacific Coast League Championship to Colorado Springs.”
The Brewers jumped in when the Colorado Rockies left for Albuquerque and the Nashville Sounds signed with the Oakland Athletics. The history of the SkySox goes back to 1988 when the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League relocated to Colorado Springs to become the SkySox. The club started to play its games at Spurgeon Stadium but during the season the team moved into what is now known as Security Service Field.
“The Milwaukee Brewers Organization is very excited to extend our contract with the Sky Sox, and we are proud to remain a part of the Sky Sox family. The community of Colorado Springs and the Sky Sox front office staff have been important pieces of the Brewers family since we became partners prior to the 2015 season. We look forward to a continued relationship and a successful future with Colorado Springs and the Sky Sox Organization” said Brewers Farm Director Tom Flanagan.
You can wonder if the Brewers are really that happy. The Rockies moved away from Colorado Springs because the place was not suitable to train pitchers due to the high altitude and the thin air.
The owner of the SkySox, the Elmore Sports Group, is looking around to move the team to another city. Main candidate is San Antonio, but the city council still has not agreed on a financing plan for the new stadium. Next to that problem, the city needs to get rid of the AA team the San Antonio Missions, also owned by the Elmore Sports Group. Several cities have courted the Elmore Sports Group to move the missions to their city. But in all cases the funding of the ballpark seems to be an issue. But as long the SkySox do not move to San Antonio, the Missions will not move anywhere.