Triple A Baseball in El Paso?
POSTED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 10:37pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 10:44pm
EL PASO, TX - There's talk once again that El Paso could be getting a Triple A baseball team.
Just two years ago, El Paso lost a bid to bring the San Diego Padres Triple A affiliate to the Sun City.
That team is now the Tucson Padres and they're once again up for sale.
Tucson Padres owner Jeff Moorad has told the San Diego Union-Tribune that El Paso is one of three cities trying to get the Padres' top minor league franchise.
In order to land the team, however, El Paso would probably have to build a new downtown stadium.
"We knew that there's gonna be an El Paso out there or some other cities out there as well," Tucson Padres General Manager Mike Feder said. "You've gotta get the sales price agreed upon. You've gotta have all the planning for the stadium. You've gotta get league approval. And none of those three are slam dunks."
"There really isn't yet another city that looks to have a strong ownership group," radio host Steve Kaplowitz said. "It looks like El Paso could be really the leading group at this point and it could give them a real good opportunity to make this happen."
It's still unclear who the potential local group is, but we know it's not the Tigua ownership group that recently bought the El Paso Diablos. They have denied any involvement.
If El Paso does land a team, it most likely wouldn't start playing for another three years.