Sky Sox relocating after 2018, short season baseball coming to Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox will relocate to San Antonio following the 2018 season.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Elmore Sports Group on Wednesday, June 21 announced plans to relocate the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox to San Antonio, Texas following the 2018 season, and will move the Short Season Rookie-level Helena Brewers from Helena, Montana to Colorado Springs.

According to a statement from the Sky Sox organization, the rookie-level club will become members of the Pioneer Baseball League and will continue to play as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

“We are pleased to be able to continue providing affiliated professional baseball to the great city of Colorado Springs for many years to come as part of this transition,” said Elmore Sports Group President D.G. Elmore. “The Pioneer Baseball League schedule is a much better fit for this climate here, as the schedule begins in June and runs into early September, a time where fewer games will be impacted by weather and fans will be able to enjoy the ballgames throughout the summer months.”

The current Double-A San Antonio Missions club will move to a new ballpark in Amarillo, Texas.

“For many years, it has become increasingly difficult to find a Major League Baseball team that is interested in Colorado Springs as a long-term home for their Triple-A club due to the weather and elevation, which make it hard to develop and evaluate players, particularly in the early spring months,” said Elmore. “Moving a short season club to Colorado Springs is a perfect fit, as we have tremendous fan support, particularly during those summer months, a beautiful ballpark that will be among the finest in the Pioneer Baseball League and a solution that is beneficial for Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball.”

The Pioneer Baseball League, which began play in 1939, is among the best of Minor League Baseball’s rookie-level leagues, providing fans a glimpse of many of professional baseball’s next wave of talented young stars, many just weeks after being drafted and signed. The PBL season is divided into two halves, with the first and second half winners of each conference meeting in the playoffs, providing more teams a chance to reach the postseason than the current full season schedule in the Pacific Coast League, where the Sky Sox have not reached the postseason since 1997.

These moves are contingent upon the approval of the Pioneer Baseball League, the Texas League, the Pacific Coast League, the President of Minor League Baseball and the review of the Baseball Office of the Commissioner.

 

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