El Paso Chihuahuas

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Team History[edit]

The El Paso Chihuahuas, formerly of the Pacific Coast League and now in Triple-A West, in 2014 ended two baseball sagas: the 10-year El Paso absence that started when the St. Louis Cardinals bought and moved the El Paso Diablos, and the three-season homelessness of the Portland Beavers. The San Diego Padres farmhands play their games at Southwest University Park in El Paso, TX.

The Cards' purchase of the Diablos came during the 2004-2005 off-season, with the ball club moving to a one-year-old stadium in Springfield, MO.

In 2007, Beavers owner Merritt Paulson - seeking a Major League Soccer expansion franchise and knowing MLS wouldn't share playpens - convinced Portland to renovate PGE Park for soccer and tried several options to build a new baseball stadium. When none happened, he sold the Beavers to their parent Padres. They planned to move them to nearby Escondido, via newly baseball-less Tucson, AZ, while a new stadium was built. When a fiscal crisis caused the state of California to claw back expected funding, the Padres sold the club to the El Paso group. Despite all that, the Padres' history with this 1903-founded franchise dates through three cities to 2001 and is now the third-longest current partnership among teams with no common ownership.

The name Chihuahuas was selected through a name-the-team contest, defeating finalists Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Desert Gators and Sun Dogs.

In only their third season, the Chihuahuas won the PCL championship. They faced the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in the 2016 Triple-A Baseball National Championship but lost, 3-1.

The Chihuahuas play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Margaritas de El Paso (El Paso Daisies, which can also refer to the popular drink).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2014 72-72 10th Pat Murphy Jacque Jones / Jody Davis Mike Cather
2015 78-66 5th(t) Pat Murphy (31-33)/ Jody Davis (0-1) /
Jamie Quirk (47-32)
Lost in 1st round Jody Davis Bronswell Patrick
2016 73-70 5th (t) Rod Barajas League Champs Morgan Burkhart Bronswell Patrick
2017 73-69 5th Rod Barajas Lost League Finals Morgan Burkhart Bronswell Patrick Keith Werman, Akinori Otsuka
2018 82-57 2nd (t) Rod Barajas Lost in 1st round Morgan Burkhart Bronswell Patrick Lance Burkhart
2019 80-60 3rd (t) Edwin Rodriguez Morgan Burkhart Bronswell Patrick Lance Burkhart
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Edwin Rodriguez Doug Banks Eric Junge Oscar Salazar

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