The Denver Post cites a “major league source” who says the Colorado Rockies have agreed to an affiliation with the Albuquerque Isotopes and will send their Triple-A team to Albuquerque beginning in 2015.
Other Denver-based media and the Colorado Rockies team website include an MLB.com story saying the same.
Albuquerque Isotopes general manager John Traub has not returned a request for comment. The club has announced a 2:30 p.m. press conference today at Isotopes Park to announce its “new affiliation.”
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers made official their intention to purchase the Oklahoma City RedHawks Triple-A franchise and move their Triple-A team there. That ends a six-year (2009-14) Dodgers partnership with the Isotopes. The Albuquerque Dukes were the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate from 1972 to 2000.
The Dodgers announced an agreement to purchase the RedHawks from Mandalay Baseball Properties LLC, and Dodgers partner Peter Guber will be the Executive Chairman and Managing Director.
Since their inception as a major league franchise in 1993, the Rockies have based their team in Colorado Springs. They have been playing the entire time at Security Service Field, an 8,500-seat capacity facility which took $3.7 million to build and opened in 1988. The structure was renovated for $6.5 million in 2005, according to the Sky Sox website.
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