2013 Tucson Padres manager Pat Murphy talks with San Diego Padres manager Bud Black before a spring training game in March 2013. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Triple-A Affiliate Unveils New Name: El Paso Chihuahuas


The Tucson Padres are now the El Paso Chihuahuas.  The official naming ceremony of San Diego’s Triple-A affiliate took place on October 22nd.  El Paso, Texas will welcome the Chihuahuas with a brand new stadium currently under construction.  The new name has its critics, but the man who won the naming contest had good reasons for his choice.  For example, his wife owns a Chihuahua, and El Paso is located in the Chihuahuan Desert.  The logo will take a few different forms, but no doubt the angry Chihuahua swinging a bone will be an instant hit.

The Tucson Padres were originally the Portland Beavers, and planned to move to Escondido, CA after a temporary stay in Tucson.  The plan to move to Escondido fell apart, and the team remained in Tucson for three seasons as the search for a new home continued.  The MountainStar Sports Group bought the team in 2012, and the Chihuahuas will begin the 2014 season in El Paso, pending the construction of the new stadium.  There seems to be a buzz surrounding the new team, and we will make sure to follow the progress of the Chihuahuas as it relates to the big league squad.

 

 

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  • Chris Calderhead

    I guess I have to be a Dodgers fan now. Worst anything, ever.

  • Roy Thomasson

    The chihuahua is pretty much my least favorite dog. I’m a dog lover and I’m not even sure if the chihuahua belongs in the dog species. I lived in Portland when the Beavers played at Civic Stadium, I wish they could have stayed there. Escondido would have made a lot of sense given how heavily the Padres draw from their AAA squad. Well, if the track record means anything, the El Paso Chihuahuas should have a shelf life of about five years before the organization changes the city and name.

  • http://reverbnation.com/deeperthanpoetry DR Melo

    #PLEASE #CHANGE THE #EL #PASO #TRIPLEA #NAME

    if they wanted to make a kids theme park, then YES, #CHIHUAHUAS IS WONDERFUL. THEME PARKS IS ONE THING…… #BASEBALL IS ANOTHER.The #Desert #Dogs for the team and Chihuahua for the kids… everyone is happy then…

    http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/mountain-star-sports-group-llc-change-the-name-of-el-paso-s-upcoming-triple-a-baseball-team-the-chihuahuas

  • http://reverbnation.com/deeperthanpoetry DR Melo

    Its #obvious that the people in #charge of #El #Paso #MountainStar #Sports #Group #never #played sports. Unless your in #little #league its #cute and #kid #friendly to have Chihuahuas, but not in #PRO #Baseball… #especially when your #one #step #away from #THEE #SHOW

  • http://reverbnation.com/deeperthanpoetry DR Melo

    #El #Paso #MountainStar #Sports #Group should have #invested in a more #family #friendly #theme #park, like #SixFlags instead…

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