After spending fourteen years as the San Diego Padres Single-A (short season) affiliate, the Eugene Emeralds and the Padres organization are parting ways.
It didn’t take long for the Em’s to find a new home.
According to Emerald’s General Manager, Allan Benavides, “This is the one we’ve been waiting for.”
Who is Eugene partnering with that has Benavides so excited? The New York Yankees? The Los Angeles Dodgers? The St. Louis Cardinals?
The decision was announced on Tuesday that the Emeralds had gone from partnering with a team in the middle of a 45-year World Series drought, to partnering with a team in the middle of a 106-year World Series drought: the Chicago Cubs. Congratulations, Eugene!
Future Friars will reap the benefits from this move and should see improved batting averages, walks, and power ratios, simply by not having their vision destroyed by having to stare at an entire field full of gaudy, toxic, neon green jerseys on a daily basis.
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Eugene, you won’t be missed.
The Padres will now move on to the greener pastures (minus the jerseys) of Pasco, Washington to form a new partnership with the Tri-City Dust Devils as their Single-A Short Season affiliate. Tri-City was the Short Season affiliate of the Rockies before Colorado signed a developmental deal with Boise last night.
Click here to visit the Tri-City Dust Devils official website and check out the newest addition to the San Diego Padres organization.