Earlier today, the El Paso Chihuahuas announced at a press conference that their affiliation agreement with the San Diego Padres would be extended through 2020. Padres general manager A.J. Preller was not present for the announcement, but he did comment on the extension in a taped video.

The partnership with the Padres and Chihuahuas has benefited both clubs, since El Paso has won a PCL crown and finished runner-up last season. Meanwhile, San Diego has used Southwest University Park and all of its state-of-the-art facilities to develop their prospects and prepare them for the big leagues. In fact, the crowds have been so strong over the first four years that many players have wanted to come to El Paso and play in front of their fans.

"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. "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 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. "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."

The Chihuahuas will host the Padres for the second time in the last four years. The exhibition game will be played on Monday, March 26th at 6:05pm and broadcast live on 600 ESPN El Paso. Tickets for the Padres game are currently on sale to Chihuahuas Season Seat and Paw-tial Plan Holders that have renewed for the 2018 campaign. Current and new Season Seat Holders will be eligible to purchase individual tickets at a later date.