Unique minor league baseball team name loved by locals
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By Steve Samek
In 2013 the San Diego Padres packed up their Triple-A team and moved them to El Paso. Fans would get the opportunity to name the team from a list including the Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Chihuahuas, Desert Gators and Sun Dogs.
The winner was the intimidating three- to seven-pound Chihuahuas. The name got mixed reviews and a petition started on the internet to change the name. The petition gained more than 10,000 signatures.
Yet El Paso general manager Brad Taylor defended the name choice to MiLB.com (via Zack Cox of NESN.com):
“I’m sure I’m going to be hearing all sorts of views, but were standing by this. We have friends in a lot of other places, like the Iron Pigs, or the [Fort Wayne] Tin Caps, who stepped outside of their comfort zone to create a brand. That’s what we are doing here.” Continue reading “El Paso Embraces the Chihuahuas”
For the first time since 1997, the title of Clash of Champions is returning to a wrestling ring. The last time it took place it was in a WCW ring and the main event was Scott Hall and Randy Savage defeating Diamond Dallas Page and Lex Luger to retain the WCW tag team titles.
This time, the main event will be for the WWE Universal Championship in a match between the champion Kevin Owens and the challenger Seth Rollins. Clash of Champions is replacing the old moniker known as Night of Champions, which was the annual WWE pay-per-view that took place in the month of September.
Last year’s event came full circle with the WCW theme as the legendary Sting faced off with Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship. This year, Rollins is in the spotlight again, but this time he goes into the match without the belt. It is an event full of championship matches and looks promising, as now it’s time to preview all the matches and give a prediction on how the show will go down. Continue reading “Clash of Champions Predictions”
The Pirates’ minor league system, ranked 11th by Baseball America, is headlined by top pitching prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon. Supplement the pitching talent with center fielder Austin Meadows and first baseman Josh Bell and you have a system that gives fans hope for a many years to come.
Underneath all the elite talent at the top lays the next No. 1 prospect in the system. Though, for now he sits at No. 5 on the Pirates’ Top 30 prospect list by MLB.com. This prospect is Mitch Keller.