Chihuahuas Announce Padres Affiliation Extension Through 2030
Baseball season is right around the corner and the El Paso Chihuahuas received some significant news with their parent club in the San Diego Padres.
The Chihuahuas signed the Major League Baseball Professional Development License to extend their affiliation with the Padres through the 2030 season as their Triple-A team.
Back in 2013, the Chihuahuas acquired the Triple-A club from the Tucson Padres. The original extension went through 2020. It goes without saying, but the club has been an absolute hit across the city.
The organization won four straight Southern Division titles (2015-18), including a pair of conference championships, and back-to-back appearances in the Pacific Coast League Championship Series, winning the PCL crown in 2016. In each of their six seasons, El Paso has finished .500 or better.
“We’re proud to continue our long-standing relationship with the Padres well into the future and are excited about the partnership with Major League Baseball,” said Josh Hunt, MountainStar Sports Group Chairman and Co-Owner. “These relationships are critical to MountainStar’s long-standing mission to improve the quality of life and promote economic development in our region through sports and entertainment.”
“The relationship between the Chihuahuas and Padres is an ideal one and encompasses every part of our respective organizations. Of course, the player development affiliation is paramount to the success of our association, but the connection extends far beyond into the El Paso community as well as the shared ideas between our business operations staff. From ownership down through the entire organization, the Padres have been a first-class affiliate and we are thrilled that this will continue for at least the next decade."
- MountainStar Sports Group President Alan Ledford.
“We’re thrilled to continue our established relationships with El Paso, San Antonio, Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore. Our affiliates are as key to their communities as they have been to the success of our player development system, and we look forward to bringing the next wave of Padres prospects through our system in the years to come.”
- Padres Senior Director of Player Development Sam Geaney
According to the club, there have been 59 players who wore a Chihuahuas uniform that eventually played in the big leagues. Of the 59 players, 52 of those made their debut with San Diego.
“It is only fitting to continue what has been an extremely fruitful and rewarding affiliation with the Padres,” said MountainStar Sports Group Senior Vice President and Chihuahuas General Manager Brad Taylor. “Chihuahuas fans should be excited that we are affiliated with them for another 10 years. They have been tremendous partners both on the field and in our community. The number of prospects that have come through El Paso is a testament to the work the Padres are doing to build a championship-level MLB team and to keep a top-level farm system.”
The Chihuahuas are currently taking deposits for 2021 Season Seat Memberships, Groups, and Premium areas. For more information visit EPChihuahuas.com.