There had been speculation from Dallas newspaper reporters and Twitter commentators that the Texas Rangers might be interested in a shift to an El Paso affiliation. But this renewal eliminates that possibility. The Rangers will most likely be seeking a new Triple-A farm team after the end of the 2018 season and their deal with the Round Rock Express expires. If we were to lay odds, we’d bet the Astros leave Fresno for Round Rock, the Rangers end up with the new San Antonio Missions (great media market to be in if you’re the Rangers) after the team moves from Colorado Springs, and the Milwaukee Brewers end up in Fresno, barring any shocking developments.
“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Padres for two additional seasons and to be a part of an organization which has one of the best and most touted group of minor league players in the game,” said Alan Ledford, MountainStar Sports Group president, in a press statement. “We can’t wait to welcome these exciting players and introduce them to the best fans in Minor League Baseball. We appreciate the remarkable relationship we have developed with Ron Fowler, Tom Seidler, A.J. Preller and the entire organization.”
“On the field and off, the Padres have been tremendous partners,” said Vice President of MountainStar Sports Group Brad Taylor, who also serves as the Chihuahuas general manager, in a press statement. “This relationship exceeds just wins and losses. The two organizations share a commitment to their communities. It’s rewarding to have an MLB affiliate where so many personal relationships have translated to productive ideas and success.”
“We are extremely proud to continue our partnership with El Paso,” said Padres Executive Vice President, General Manager A.J. Preller in a press statement. “As we work to build a championship-caliber organization, our Baseball Operations group has come to depend on the tremendous leadership and professionalism of Alan Ledford, Brad Taylor and the entire Chihuahuas organization. El Paso provides our top prospects with not only best-in-class facilities but also a truly passionate fan base.”
The Chihuahuas and Padres are slated to play an exhibition game at Southwest University Park on March 26, 2018, kicking off the Chihuahuas Fifth Season Celebration.