Padres Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller made the official announcement in San Diego today.
“Having our Single-A affiliate so close to San Diego has proven to be a huge asset to both our player development staff and also to our fans, who have the opportunity to visit The Diamond and see our future Major Leaguers in action,” Preller said. “Gary Jacobs and Dave Oster run one of the finest organizations in minor league baseball. We are excited to continue our relationship with the Storm.”
The Storm, who celebrated their 20th Anniversary Season in 2014, have spent the previous 14 years as a Padres affiliate, posting a 1,026-931 (.524) record in that time. Lake Elsinore, along with the Fort Wayne TinCaps (Low Class A; Midwest league) are the only Padres Minor League teams who have been affiliated with San Diego for over a decade. Since becoming a member of the Padres organization, the Storm have made the playoffs 12 times, won the division title five times (2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011) and hoisted the championship trophy twice (2001 and 2011).
“Having made the postseason in nine out of the last 10 seasons is a testament not only to the work of our scouting and player development staff, but also to the first-class organization run by the Storm,” said Padres Vice President, Player Development Randy Smith. “We are proud to have had a successful 14-year relationship thus far with Lake Elsinore and are thrilled to continue our affiliation for at least another two seasons.”
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