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Triple-A Baseball Team Coming to the Texas Hill Country

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The Sky Sox, a Colorado Springs Triple-A baseball team, is going to be moved to San Antonio, here in the Texas Hill Country, for the 2019 season. Elmore Sports Group President, D.G. Elmore, said in a recent interview, “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.”

Triple-A Baseball Team Coming to the Texas Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Colorado Springs Sky Sox Baseball

With respect to altitude, in particular, team ownership expanded by expressing that in Major League Baseball, pitchers specifically have more difficulty developing their talent at colder temperatures and higher elevations in the spring. In the process, Elmore Sports Group’s current Double-A team, the San Antonio Missions, will be relocating to Amarillo.

Triple-A Baseball Team Coming to the Texas Hill Country

Photo: Facebook/Colorado Springs Sky Sox Baseball

In comments regarding the team’s season, D.G. Elmore explained, “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.” In the process, Colorado Springs will get the short-season rookie franchise from Helena, Montana (from the Pioneer League). The Elmore Sports Group made the announcement on June 21 and identified that the San Antonio team will retain the historic Missions name.

Sources:

KOAA News 5

NBC DFW