Elmore Sports Group Relocating Franchises
AMARILLO, TX — The Elmore Sports Group today announced a series of relocations involving three of its Minor League Baseball teams, highlighted by a move to a new city and a higher classification level for an existing city, prior to the 2019 campaign.
After 112 seasons in the Texas League, the San Antonio Missions Baseball Club will move to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) for the 2019 season. The PCL is one step below Major League Baseball and features some of the top rising stars in Minor League Baseball and hundreds of other players with previous Major League experience.
The Missions will play their final season in the Texas League in 2018 with the new Triple-A club moving into Nelson Wolff Stadium while a new ballpark is completed. Another Elmore Sports Group team, the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, will be the Triple-A team relocating to San Antonio.
The Double-A franchise currently playing as the San Antonio Missions will become the latest addition to the Elmore Sports Group family as the Amarillo Professional Baseball Club, which will return affiliated professional baseball to Amarillo for the first time since 1982. The city of Amarillo is building a brand-new $45 million downtown ballpark that will serve as the home to the yet-to-be-named Texas League team starting with the 2019 season. Amarillo has a long history in affiliated professional baseball, serving as home to the Amarillo Gold Sox from 1939-1942, 1946-1963, 1965-1974 and 1976-1982. The Gold Sox were members of the West Texas-New Mexico League from 1939-1942 and 1946-1955, the Western League from 1956-1958 and were members of the Texas League from 1959-1963, 1965-1974 and 1976-1982.
To fill the void left in Colorado Springs, the Elmore Sports group will move its Short Season Rookie-level team from Helena, Montana to Colorado Springs as a member of the Pioneer Baseball League (PBL). The PBL schedule is perfect fit for Colorado Springs, as the schedule begins in June and runs into early September, meaning fewer games will be impacted by springtime weather and fans will be able to enjoy the ballgames in beautiful weather throughout the summer months.
The Elmore Sports Group acknowledges the city of Helena and their fans for the tremendous support they have shown over the last 15 seasons, and looks forward to creating lasting memories for fans in the club’s final two years at Kindrick Legion Field.
These moves are contingent upon the approval of the Texas League, the Pacific Coast League, the Pioneer Baseball League, the President of Minor League Baseball and the review of the Baseball Office of the Commissioner.