San Diego AA affiliate named Amarillo Sod Poodles

The AA Texas League franchise of the San Diego Padres presented its new name and logos, today. After a long search during a name-the-team contest, five names were picked. Of those five names, Sod Poodles prevailed.  Sod Poodle is a name for a prairie dog. The name was used by the pioneers that moved west …

Padres active on PDC front

As we reported earlier today that the Padres extended their PDC with the former San Antonio Missions, their A Advanced farm team, the Lake Elsinore Storm announced through Twitter both teams extended the PDC with two more years through the 2020 season. The Padres also extended the PDC with their A Short Season affiliate, the …

Twins and Blue Wahoos team up, Padres signs deal with Amarillo

Even though there is no official announcement yet, the website of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos shows the logo of the Minnesota Twins as its parent club. And with the San Diego Padres signing a deal with the new Amarillo Texas League franchise, the Twins and the Blue Wahoos are the only teams left in AA. …

Athletics sign two year PDC with Las Vegas

With a new ballpark for the upcoming season, Las Vegas (Summerlin to be exact) became a very attractive location for the Oakland A's to locate their AAA team. Las Vegas is much closer to home than Nashville. Last year it was announced that the New York Mets would leave Las Vegas as they had bought the …

Padres may return to brown unis

Good news for those who always loved the brown/yellow seventies look of the San Diego Padres. The club's owner says research shows brown uniforms are most popular "but it's a minority" that think so, current look is next most; may switch to brown full-time in 2020. One of the club's executives, executive chairman Ron Fowler, stated …

TinCaps extend PDC and have special promotion

The Fort Wayne TinCaps and the San Diego Padres have extended their Player Development Contract with two years. The new extension will stretch the affiliation between the two ball clubs to twenty-two years. The affiliation with the Padres dates back to 1999 when the team sported the Fort Wayne Wizards moniker. The history of the …

PDC/affiliation news

Yesterday, two minor league clubs announced the extension of the Player Development Contract (PDC) with their parent club. The El Paso Chihuahuas extended the PDC with the San Diego Padres and the Harrisburg Senators did so with the Washington Nationals. The San Diego Padres extended the contract through the 2020 season. A major reason for …

Ballparks around the world: Petco Park

In Ballparks around the world, it is time to pay attention to the final venue of the 2017 World Baseball Classic: Petco Park in San Diego, home of the San Diego Padres. This modern ballpark is situated right next to the famous Gaslamp Quarter. The construction of the ballpark started in 2000 and the ballpark …

Wednesday, El Paso Diablos day

The El Paso Chihuahuas, AAA Pacific Coast League affiliate of the San Diego Padres will have a special themed Wednesday during the 2017 season. The team will look back to the past of El Paso baseball and wear jerseys in accordance with the themed night. The Chihuahuas will wear complete El Paso Diablos uniforms, referring …

D-Backs leave Mobile and look for greener pastures in Jackson

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have left the Mobile BayBears to look for new AA partner in the Southern League. During the last decade, the team was linked to the Mobile BayBears, but after ten years the club has decided to sign a player development contract with the Jackson Generals, who were the AA affiliate …

More holy PDC news

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 …

Holy PDC extension

More PDC news today from San Diego. The Padres extended their player development contract with their A Full Season farm team, the Fort Wayne TinCaps. The two clubs extended their cooperation for two more years through the 2018 season. TinCaps president Mike Nutter  led off the praising with the following words: “We’re truly thrilled to …

Rangers and Indians extend PDC

The Texas Rangers and the Spokane Indians (A Short Season, Northwest League) have extended their player development contract with two more years through the 2018 season. The cooperation between the two clubs started in 2003. Since the two clubs became partners the Indians have won three Northwest League titles. One in the inaugural year of …

Trevor Hoffman to join UK WBC staff

And now for something completely different. This time no news about players from the Netherlands, Curacao or Aruba, nor about the Minor Leagues or the Yankees. With the World Baseball Classic Qualifier 4 (in Brooklyn NY) getting near rapidly, the Twitter account of the WBC (retweet) and the website of UK Baseball announced that former …

Southern California PDC news

Two Southern Californian MLB clubs have extended their Player Development Contract with one of their Minor League affiliates. Starting with the most Southern of the two, the San Diego Padres. The Friars have extended the PDC with their A Short Season team, the Tri-City Dust Devils. The cooperation between the two clubs began in 2015 and …