Created in 2014, the El Paso Chihuahuas serve as the Triple-A affiliate for Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres. Since their inception six years ago, the Chihuahuas organization has been primarily dedicated to the fan experience, which is why they were awarded the "Continued Excellence Award" by Ballpark Digest. The Chihuahuas of El Paso were originally located in Tucson, Arizona. The name "chihuahuas" was selected through a fan-submission contest edging out other options, which included "aardvarks," "desert gators" and "buckaroos." In only their third season in El Paso, the Chihuahuas won the 2016 Pacific League Championship under former manager Rod Barajas who is now on the Padres MLB coaching staff. Barajas guided the team back to the league championship in 2017 where they came up just short. Unfortunately, the Chihuahuas missed the playoffs in 2019 but still put up the second most wins in franchise history. Make plans today to see the El Paso Chihuahuas live and get your tickets at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub.
Who is the current manager for the El Paso Chihuahuas?
Edwin Rodriguez is the fourth manager in the brief history of the El Paso Chihuahuas. Rodriguez's first season was the 2019 season in which he guided the Chihuahuas to their second-best record in franchise history at 80-60. Though this is his second season with the Chihuahuas, it is Coach Rodriguez's fourth season with the San Diego Padres organization. Rodriguez spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons as the manager of the Padres Single-A affiliate, the Lake Elsinore Storm. Rodriguez's resume also includes two appearances as the manager for Team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, two seasons as the manager of MLB's Miami Marlins and a three-year MLB playing career that included stops with the New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres.
Who are some of the notable players who have played for the El Paso Chihuahuas?
Some of the top names in Major League Baseball today spent time playing for the Chihuahuas during their Minor League days. Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo was with the team before being traded to the Cubs. Other current MLB stars who spent time in El Paso include outfielder Hunter Renfroe, infielder Trea Turner, catcher Austin Hedges and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.
Where do the El Paso Chihuahuas play?
The El Paso Chihuahuas play their home games at Southwest University Park. The stadium is named after a local technical college that has no athletic programs of its own. The $78 million stadium was constructed when the Chihuahuas were being brought to town and opened in 2014, the team's first season in El Paso. While the seating capacity is listed at 9,500, there is a lawn area beyond the outfield wall that is often filled with families enjoying a children's play area. One of the most unique features of Southwest University Park is the concession menu, which features some traditional southwestern food such as quesadillas, burritos and Mexican street corn.
Do the El Paso Chihuahuas have any rivalries?
Sports rivalries often revolve around either divisional opponents or geographical proximity. The Chihuahuas top rival is the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. Not only are the Isotopes the closest team geographically to the Chihuahuas, but the two also share a division.
Where can I buy tickets to see the El Paso Chihuahuas?
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