Pecos League

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Pecos League
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Sport Baseball
Founded 2010
Inaugural season 2011
CEO Andrew Dunn
No. of teams 14
Country United States
Continent North America
Most recent champion(s) Tucson Saguaros
Official website pecosleague.com

The Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent professional baseball league headquartered in Houston, which operates in cities in desert mountain regions throughout California, New Mexico, Arizona, southern Colorado, Kansas and West Texas. The league plays in cities that do not have Major League Baseball or Minor League Baseball teams and is not affiliated with either.

History

The Pecos League operated six teams in the 2011[1] and 2012 seasons and expanded to eight teams for 2013. Continued growth saw the league reach a high of 10 teams for 2014.

The season is a highly condensed one, in which teams may play 64 games in 78 days, all for a weekly salary of $50 per player.

The Pecos League also operates a spring developmental league, which is a one-month showcase beginning in March for recent college graduates and free agents looking to catch on to a full season league.

In May 2014, Fox Sports 1 aired a six-part documentary about life in the Pecos League, mostly based on the Trinidad Triggers.

In August 2014, Jon Edwards made his major league debut with the Texas Rangers becoming the first player in Pecos League history to play in Major League Baseball.

In September 2016, Chris Smith was called up to the Toronto Blue Jays becoming the second player from the Pecos League to make a major league roster, though he did not appear in a game. Smith would eventually make his debut for the Blue Jays on June 27, 2017, against the Baltimore Orioles.

For 2016, the Las Vegas Train Robbers moved to Topeka, Kansas. Expansion teams were added in Great Bend, Kansas[2] and Tucson, Arizona.[3][4][5]

On February 25, 2016 it was announced that the Las Cruces Vaqueros would sit out the 2016 season due to severe damage to their home stadium.[6] Expansion team Salina Stockade[7] was added to the league and played a limited 11-game home schedule in 2016.

Following the 2016 season, a drastic shift in the Pecos League landscape occurred as two Kansas teams, the Salina Stockade and Great Bend Boom, both folded, while a third, the Topeka Train Robbers, moved to Bakersfield, California, taking the place of the former Bakersfield Blaze, who folded following the 2016 California League season.

The Train Robbers were joined in California for 2017 by three expansion teams: the High Desert Yardbirds (replacing the California League's High Desert Mavericks), the Monterey Amberjacks, and California City Whiptails. The league also announced a travel team, the Hollywood Stars, who played a handful of home games in Los Angeles.

For 2019, the Ruidoso Osos were replaced by the Wasco Reserves, and the league reduced the number of divisions from three to two.

For 2020, the Martinez Sturgeon and Santa Cruz Seaweed were announced as expansion teams, and the San Rafael Pacifics were added from the Pacific Association. They joined the all-California Pacific Division, and replaced the California City Whiptails and High Desert Yardbirds in the circuit. The Tucson Saguaros moved to the Mountain Division, taking the place of the White Sands Pupfish. Interdivisional games would not be played to cut down on travel and other expenses.[8] Later, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league announced that the Mountain Division teams would not play at their home stadiums, and that 4 of the 6 teams would play a condensed 36-game season beginning on July 1, 2020.[9] All games were played at Coastal Baseball Park in Houston, Texas. The Pacific Division originally planned on enacting a similar format, but due to the ongoing pandemic, were unable to compete in 2020.

For the 2021 season, the Salina Stockade returned and the league announced the addition of the Colorado Springs Snow Sox as an expansion team. On April 4, the league announced its final division alignment for the season, which did not include California City and High Desert after previously indicating each would return. [10] On August 3, the league announced the Bay Series between the San Rafael Pacifics, Monterey Amberjacks, Martinez Sturgeon, and Santa Cruz Seaweed after the Bakersfield Train Robbers tested positive for COVID-19 and had to cancel their final home series [11]

Current teams

Pecos League
Division Team Founded City Stadium Capacity
Mountain Alpine Cowboys 2009 Alpine, Texas Kokernot Field 1,400[12]
Colorado Springs Snow Sox 2021 Colorado Springs, Colorado Spurgeon Field 4,100
Garden City Wind 2015 Garden City, Kansas Clint Lightner Field 1,000[13]
Roswell Invaders 2011 Roswell, New Mexico Joe Bauman Stadium 500
Salina Stockade 2016 Salina, Kansas Dean Evans Stadium 500
Santa Fe Fuego 2012 Santa Fe, New Mexico Fort Marcy Ballfield 1,100[14]
Trinidad Triggers 2012 Trinidad, Colorado Central Park 887[12]
Tucson Saguaros 2016 Tucson, Arizona Panther Field 200
Pacific Bakersfield Train Robbers 2013 Bakersfield, California Sam Lynn Ballpark 2,700[12]
Martinez Sturgeon 2020 Martinez, California Waterfront Park 200
Monterey Amberjacks 2017 Monterey, California Frank E. Sollecito, Jr. Ballpark 2,500
San Rafael Pacifics 2020 San Rafael, California Albert Park 1,200[12]
Santa Cruz Seaweed 2020 Santa Cruz, California Harvey West Park 200
Wasco Reserve 2019 Wasco, California Wasco Ballpark 400
Current team locations:
  Mountain Division
  Pacific Division

Former teams

Team Season(s) Location Homefield
Bisbee Blue 2014 Bisbee, Arizona Warren Ballpark
Carlsbad Bats 2011 Carlsbad, New Mexico Travel team
Douglas Diablos 2014 Douglas, Arizona Copper King Park
Great Bend Boom 2016 Great Bend, Kansas Al Burns Memorial Field
Las Cruces Vaqueros 2010–2012, 2015 Las Cruces, New Mexico Apodoca Park
Las Vegas Train Robbers 2013–2015 Las Vegas, New Mexico Rodriguez Park
Raton Osos 2013–2014 Raton, New Mexico Gabrielle Park
Ruidoso Osos 2011, 2018 Ruidoso, New Mexico White Mountain Park
Taos Blizzard 2013–2014 Taos, New Mexico The Tundra
Topeka Train Robbers 2016 Topeka, Kansas Lake Shawnee Park
California City Whiptails 2017–2019 California City, California Balsitis Park
High Desert Yardbirds 2017–2019 Adelanto, California Adelanto Stadium
White Sands Pupfish 2009–2019 Alamogordo, New Mexico Jim Griggs Park

Proposed Future teams

Team Season(s) Location Homefield
Santa Rosa Scuba Divers [15] 2022 Santa Rosa, California Doyle Park

Proposed teams that never played

Team Season Proposed Location Homefield
Pittsburg Anchors [16]

[17]

2020 Pittsburg, California Central Park Field
Pecos Bills [18] [19] [20] 2013 Reeves County, Texas Martinez Field
Lancaster Soundbreakers [21] 2020 Lancaster, California Balsitis Park (Proposed)
Atascadero 101s [22] [23] 2020 Atascadero, California Alvord Field (Proposed)
Cheyenne Blizzard [24] 2019 Cheyenne, Wyoming Pioneer Park
Clovis Pioneers [25] [26] 2012 Clovis, New Mexico Mike Harris Park
Del Rio Aviators/Gunslingers [27] [28] 2011 Del Rio, Texas Bank and Trust Rams Field at Roosevelt Park
Lubbock Hubbers [29] 2011 Lubbock, Texas Lubbock City Park
El Paso Dragons [30] 2011 El Paso, Texas
Artesia Numexors [31] 2011 Artesia, New Mexico
Carlsbad/Desert Valley Lions [32] 2011 Travel Team
Amarillo Lone Stars [33] 2016 Amarillo, Texas Potter County Memorial Stadium
Ontario Ivy [34] 2020/21 Ontario, California Jay Littleton Ballpark
River Island Islanders [35] 2020/21 Lathrop, California Islanders Ballpark
Santa Rosa Team 2015 Santa Rosa, New Mexico Santa Rosa High School
Orange County Team [36] [37] 2019/20 Orange County, California Orange County Great Park

League timeline

League members Former Team

Champions

Season Winner Runner-up Result
2011 Roswell Invaders Ruidoso Osos 2–1 (best-of-3)
2012 Alpine Cowboys Las Cruces Vaqueros 2–1 (best-of-3)
2013 Roswell Invaders Las Vegas Train Robbers 2–0 (best-of-3)
2014 Santa Fe Fuego Alpine Cowboys 2–1 (best-of-3)
2015 Roswell Invaders[38] Santa Fe Fuego 2–0 (best-of-3)
2016 Tucson Saguaros Trinidad Triggers 2–0 (best-of-3)
2017 High Desert Yardbirds Roswell Invaders 2–0 (best-of-3)
2018 Bakersfield Train Robbers[39] Alpine Cowboys 2–1 (best-of-3)
2019 Alpine Cowboys Bakersfield Train Robbers 2–0 (best-of-3)
2020 Tucson Saguaros Salina Stockade 2–0 (best-of-3)
2021 Tucson Saguaros Roswell Invaders 2–1 (best-of-3)

References

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