JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Independent baseball is a step closer to moving to Joplin, after the city council approved a lease agreement for the stadium that would house a team that once played in El Paso, Texas.
Paul Strelzin began his career in El Paso as a sports announcer in 1968 as the public address announcer for UTEP track meets. Sadly, this El Paso sports legend passed away at the age of 75 on Friday night.
Three years ago, Eddy Rodriguez was a catcher for the El Paso Diablos. Yesterday, he made history homering in his first big-league at bat. Rodriguez, now a member of the San Diego Padres, teed off on a Johnny Cueto slider for his first career homer as a major leaguer.
In nearly 25 years of broadcasting Minor League baseball, Matt Hicks has had only one goal: to make it to the Big Leagues. You might say that Hicks is the Crash Davis of broadcasters; a guy who refuses to leave the business because he is still pursuing his dream.
A few weeks ago, I predicted that the El Paso Diablos would start winning games because their pitching was much improved from last season. Unfortunately, my prognostication could not be further from the truth.
I'm sure many of you have always dreamed of stepping into the batter's box or taking the mound as a professional baseball player. Well, now you will have the chance. The El Paso Diablos are holding open tryouts next month at Cohen Stadium.
Last night, I was enjoying UTEP's fourth win of the season, a convincing 31-17 win over Colorado State. All of a sudden, I looked up into the stands at the Sun Bowl, and I saw tens of thousands of empty seats.