The Lake Elsinore Storm, of the California League and briefly in Low-A West, have one of the best-known logos in baseball: a pair of narrowed, glowing eyes under a furrowed brow that is a youth-team favorite. The San Diego Padres farmhands play their home games at Lake Elsinore Diamond in Lake Elsinore, CA.
The Palm Springs Angels moved to Lake Elsinore when the Diamond opened in 1994. Then still a California Angels' farm club, it joined the Padres in 2001. Why eyes for a Storm? The original logo was a storm cloud with lightning splitting the letters L and E. Overlooking eyes were added later. When that happened and why are murky, but the eyes were pulled forth in 2000 to became the whole logo.
The Storm won a 2019 game in the 10th inning from this obviously hopeless position: trailing by 10 runs in the top of the 9th with two out and only one on.
MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Storm, and most of the California League, one level.
- * Series canceled, Lake Elsinore and San Jose declared co-champions