It passed our eyes and ears that in 2007 Wichita gave up its Double-A franchise, which went to Springdale, Ark. We put in no bids, at least any that became public.
Recall there were few teeth gnashing here when Diablos owner Bobby Brett and pals sold the El Paso Double-A franchise papers to a Springfield, Mo. magnate.
So we went from Double-A to the independents, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The team name remains Diablos, by the independent leagues are a long way from Double-A baseball.I guess we assumed we'd get the next Double-A franchise that opened.
Well, one did! Wichita gave up its rights to a new owner, in a new stadium, and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals are in their second season in the Texas League.
Here are the divisions:
Springfield, Tulsa, Northwest Arkansas and Arkansas.
And Midland, Corpus Christi, Frisco and San Antonio.
We should be in the latter division.
Note, too, that to get one of the 30 Double-A or Triple-A franchises in existence (one each per Major League team), you have to be in a geographical location to fit into one. We fit into the Texas League. We also fit into the Pacific Coast League (Albuquerque, Tucson, and others). But Triple-A franchises sell for a lot more money than do Double-A's.