Morning Headlines: News from Around Minor League Baseball

Is a minor league team coming to Pueblo, Colo.? Two local county commissioners have proposed financing a downtown multi-use stadium to host a yet-to-be-named Pioneer League franchise, according to The Pueblo Chieftan. While offering no insight into Pueblo’s prospects, Tony Ensor, president of the Colorado Spings SkySox franchise that will be leaving the Pacific Coast League for the Pioneer League next season, said they would welcome another team to Colorado.

“While we are not privy to what other cities or team ownerships are doing, the idea of Pueblo having their own team would be great for professional baseball in Colorado, for our franchise and baseball fans in Colorado Springs,” Ensor told the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Meanwhile, Fayetteville (N.C.) knows it will have a team next season. Yesterday, it learned what the team colors will be: red, gray and black. The ballpark is under construction, so next up for the future Carolina League franchise: a team name. 

The team has narrowed the options down to Fatbacks and Woodpeckers (go Fatbacks!) and will reveal the winning name at a celebration in August, the Fayetteville Observer reported yesterday.

While the Albuquerque Isotopes’ promotion last night might not qualify as news, it certainly fits into the awesome category. The Pacific Coast League franchise passed out card team sets of Isotopes players posing with pooches from a local animal shelter. Awwww.

The card set was given away to the first 3,000 fans to come through the gates of Isotopes Park. It certainly looks as if Albuquerque manager Glenallen Hill has made a friend. Take notice, Promo Seminar!

The Daytona Tortugas are one step closer to getting a new playing field. The Daytona Beach City Commission voted unanimously to approve a $500,000 grant to help pay for a new playing surface at city-owned Jackie Robinson Ballpark, replacing one that the team said no longer met Minor League Baseball facility standards. The new field would follow in the footsteps of a new videoboard purchased by team owner Reese Smith III before the start of the season.

The Colorado Rockies and Asheville Tourists (South Atlantic) extended their player-development contract through the 2020 season. The two teams have been together since 1994, the longest affiliation in the Sally League. According to Minor League Source’s affiliation chart, just six South Atlantic League teams having PDCs set to expire after the season: Delmarva (Orioles), Greensboro (Marlins), Hagerstown (Nationals), Kannapolis (White Sox), Lexington (Royals) and West Virginia (Pirates).

To help celebrate their PDC extension, the Rockies sent their mascot Dinger on a trip to Asheville.

On a personal note, in case you had not heard, the Washington Capitals are going to the Stanley Cup finals. Finally.

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