Minor League Baseball announced its 2014 San Diego Padres Organizational All-Stars and four El Paso Chihuahuas were included:
OF Yeison Asencio: The 24-year-old joined the Chihuahuas in mid-August from Double-A San Antonio and hit well for the remainder of the Triple-A season. Asencio batted .333 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in just 21 games with El Paso. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native was hitless in only three of those 21 games.
1B/C Cody Decker: The 27-year-old led the Padres organization with 27 home runs. His 79 RBIs were ten more than any other Chihuahuas player. The Santa Monica, California native also led the team in games, appearing in 134 of El Paso’s 144 contests.
LHP Jason Lane: The 37-year-old started more games (24) than any other Chihuahuas pitcher, including the first game in Southwest University Park history on April 28th. The Santa Rosa, California native went 9-9 with a 4.51 ERA and also helped El Paso offensively, hitting .362 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 69 at-bats.
OF Rymer Liriano: The 23-year-old played for three different clubs in 2014. Liriano was promoted to El Paso from Double-A San Antonio in late July and made his Major League debut with San Diego after just 16 games in Triple-A. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native hit .452 with 11 doubles and 13 RBIs in his stint with the Chihuahuas.
Minor League Baseball produces a postseason all-star list for all 30 Major League organizations. The full Padres article can be found here. It includes information on players who could suit up for El Paso in the coming seasons.
Season Seat Packages for 2015 are currently on sale. For more information, call (915) 533-BASE or visit our website at EPChihuahuas.com.
Following a nearly complete historic inaugural campaign, the El Paso Chihuahuas announced today that they will open the 2015 season at home on April 9 versus the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners) at Southwest University Park.
Opening Night kicks off 16 games in April (two eight-game homestands). May is the lightest month of the 72-game schedule with 11 contests. The team will play 14 games in June and 12 in July, and close their home campaign with 17 games in August. The final home game of the regular season will be on Sunday, August 30.
The Chihuahuas will host the Gildan Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game on September 22.
The team will play on Mother’s Day (May 10), Father’s Day (June 21) and the three games leading up to the Fourth of July (July 1-3). The Chihuahuas will take a break from play, July 13-15, for the Triple-A All-Star game.
“The 2015 season will see a full slate of 72 home games plus the Gildan Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game,” said general manager Brad Taylor. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to Chihuahuas baseball in our inaugural season. We are already working on new ideas, promotions and continued improvement for everyone that visits Southwest University Park in 2015.”
As members of the Pacific Coast League’s Southern Division, the Chihuahuas will face Albuquerque, Fresno, Las Vegas, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and Tacoma, twice. The Iowa Cubs (May 29-June 1), Omaha Storm Chasers (June 2-5), and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Aug. 23-26) will make their first-ever visits to the Sun City.
Since Opening Night on April 28th, the Chihuahuas have welcomed more than half a million guests through the Southwest University Park gates, selling out 43 of 62 games. The Chihuahuas look to build on that success heading into the 2015 season.
Fans can guarantee their seats by purchasing a 2015 Season Seat Package. Fans are also encouraged to book their groups and hospitality areas prior to the season. For more information call (915) 533-BASE or visit EPChihuahuas.com. Individual game ticket sales, game times and promotions will be announced at a later date.
EL PASO – Nathan Jeffery, Aaron Jones and Jameill Showers were named to the second annual Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List on Wednesday.
The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award recognizes the top offensive player in Division 1 football who also exhibits the enduring characteristics that define Earl Campbell: integrity, performance, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity; specifically tenacity to persist and determination to overcome adversity and injury in pursuit of reaching goals. In addition, the nominee must meet one or more of the following criteria: born in Texas and/or graduated from a Texas High School and/or played at a Texas-based junior college or four year college.
Last season, Jeffery saw action in 10 games and led UTEP running backs with five rushing touchdowns. The Caddo Mills, Texas native, rushed for 532 yards on 133 carries. He played on an offensive unit that racked up 2,216 rushing yards, the most since 1988 and tallied 30 first downs. This is the running backs second appearance on the watch list.
Jones led UTEP with a freshman-record 811 yards on 155 carries and scored four touchdowns. He played on an offensive unit that racked up 2,216 rushing yards, the most since 1988. The running back tallied three100+ rushing games, the most by a UTEP freshman since 1985.
Showers ended his season early due to an injury, but threw for 1,263 yards on 107-of-188 passing, 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions in seven starts. The native of Kileen, Texas, also rushed for 195 yards and four scores. Showers' rushing touchdowns were the most by a UTEP quarterback in 10 years. Showers established career bests at Colorado, throwing for 365 yards and totaling six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing).
The Watch List announced today will be narrowed to up to 16 semifinalists in November and then up to 4 finalists in December. They will be selected by broadcasters, commentators, journalists,fans and the previous winner. The finalists will be brought to Tyler for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Awards Banquet scheduled for January 14, 2015.
This year's Watch List (complete list attached) includes:
* 43 players from 9 different conferences including 3 independents (ACC, AAC, Big 10,Big 12, CUSA, MWC, Pac 12, SEC, Sunbelt)
* Players representing Universities from 22 different states
* Wide receivers dominate the nominations with 17, followed by running backs (12),quarterbacks (8), tight ends (3), fullbacks (2), halfback (1)
* Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, last year's award recipient, is again on the Watch List
With an announced attendance of 8,198, the Chihuahuas have reached a new milestone tonight, as they are proud to announce that more than 500,000 fans have officially entered the Southwest University Park gates to watch a Chihuahuas game, becoming just the fourth team in the Pacific Coast League to accomplish the feat.
The Chihuahuas have totaled 501,186 fans at Southwest University Park with five games remaining in the inaugural season.
“To think that over half a million fans have attended 62 home games in El Paso is amazing and it truly shows the love our city has given its team and Southwest University Park,” said Brad Taylor, the Chihuahuas General Manger. “This is already the most exciting place to watch a Minor League game in the country. To all who believed and gave it a chance, thank you!”
The Chihuahuas have already begun to build towards the success of next season with announcement of the 2015 Gildan Triple-A Baseball National Championship game to be held at Southwest University Park on September 22, 2015.
Season seat holders can renew their packages now and reservations for hospitality areas and groups are already being taken. For more information, call (915) 533-BASE or visit our website at EPChihuahuas.com.
Southwest University Park, the home of the El Paso Chihuahuas, has been named the Ballparks.com Ballpark of the Year for 2014. The announcement was made in today’s USA Today Sports Weekly by Joe Mock, president of Grand Slam Enterprises and frequent contributor to USA Today publications.
The honor is given annually to a new or remodeled baseball stadium with the best combination of aesthetics, architectural design, attractive site selection and fan amenities.
Josh Hunt, Managing Partner of MountainStar Sports Group, said, “This is truly an honor for the entire community of El Paso. I believe our City can be very proud that the El Paso Chihuahuas play in a venue that is recognized as being the best new ballpark in the country. From the outset, our objective was to build a first-class facility.”
Hunt added, “The unique design was a key factor. The project team started with a small, tight amount of land in the heart of our city, and turned it into a ballpark with distinct ‘neighborhoods’ that make up the total venue. And to top it off, we have incredibly supportive fans that create the best environment in Minor League Baseball. Populous, the construction team and consultants, and the City of El Paso should be very proud of this honor. It’s really very special.”
“It is a tremendous honor for Southwest University Park to be named Ballpark of the Year by Ballparks.com,” said El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser. “I think every El Pasoan can feel this ballpark is theirs and take pride in what it represents – not only family fun and excitement at the ballpark, but also national recognition at the highest level. I want to congratulate the City of El Paso's planning team, MountainSports Group and everyone who was involved in building this great facility. This is an award well-deserved."
The architecture firm, Populous, designed the ballpark that is situated in downtown El Paso on a little more than five acres of land. This is the eighth honor for Populous, who also won the honor in 2004 for the design of Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres (the Chihuahuas Major League Affiliate), in 2000 for the design of AT & T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, and in 2001 for PNC Park the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Southwest University Park incorporates El Paso’s rich history with its unique design. The red brick exterior resembles the nearby Union Depot and includes a box car-like façade and archways along the concourse.
Two buildings, the Santa Fe Pavilion and Big Dog House, adorn right field with hospitality areas for parties and individuals alike. The City Hall Grill, a tribute to what once stood on the site of the ballpark, and Sun Kings Saloon, a tribute to El Paso’s baseball past, make up the Big Dog House while the open air floors of the Santa Fe Pavilion offer 360 degree views of the ballpark and the city.
The ballpark also features commissioned public artwork that is displayed on both the exterior and interior of the venue, giving way to Mock titling his review “Artistic Ballpark is a Masterpiece” following his visit in April. Mock, who has visited 317 Major and Minor League baseball parks, referred to Southwest University Park as an “artistic triumph” and “a thing of beauty.”
With its stained glass clock tower, porcelain hand-painted murals, and “Knot-Hole Fence” the ballpark gives visitors more than just baseball, but an education of El Paso’s long history.
"We commend the Chihuahuas organization, MountainStar Sports Group and the City of El Paso for their dedication to creating a first-class environment for their players and fans,” said Pat O’Conner, President and CEO of Minor League Baseball. “It is an honor for an MiLB stadium to be recognized as Baseballparks.com’s Ballpark of the Year for 2014.”
“The level of excitement over my in-depth review by fans in the El Paso area has even topped what I saw last year,” said Mock. "They constructed one of the great facilities in the sport."
To read more of Mock’s review of Southwest University Park, visit http://www.baseballparks.com/ElPaso-1.asp.
EL PASO, Texas – Tickets for the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, to be held at Southwest University Park on Sept. 28 and 29, go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT to the general public starting tomorrow, Aug. 1. Prices start at $5.
The Fiesta highlights members of the Pacific League of Mexico, Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Los Tomateros de Culiacán. The event will also feature a unique atmosphere with music, dancing, food, fun, and entertainment similar to the league’s regular season games.
Fans can purchase their tickets at EPChihuahuas.com or in person at the Durango or Santa Fe Box Offices. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10- a.m.-4 p.m.
WHAT: Mexican Baseball Fiesta Tickets on Sale The Fiesta features Los Naranjeros de Hermosillo and Los Tomateros de Culiacán. Prices start at $5.
WHEN: Friday, Aug. 1 | Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. MDT
WHERE: Fans can purchase online at EPChihuahuas.com or at the Durango or Santa Fe Box Office located at 1 Ballpark Plaza. The Durango Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Santa Fe Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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