Triple-A team moving from Colorado Springs to San Antonio

The AA team that is playing now in San Antonio will move to Amarillo, to make way for the Colorado Springs, Colorado, club to move in.

RockHounds' Tyler Marincov safely dives back to first as San Antonio Missions' Moah Perio waits on the pickoff attempt throw 5/22/17 at Security Bank Ballpark.

With the move, the RockHounds will now have an approximate 240-mile one-way trip, compared to 325-mile one-way bus ride to San Antonio.

The Elmore Sports Group, owner of the Missions, intends to move its AAA franchise from Colorado Springs, Colo., to San Antonio and send the AA franchise now playing in San Antonio to a new ballpark in Amarillo.

"Congratulations to the San Antonio Missions for advancing to Triple-A", Mayor-elect Ron Nirenberg said.

Amarillo is expected to build a $45.5 million downtown stadium for the new team, which is yet to be named.

Here are details from the Amarillo Globe-News.

"We are very excited", said D.G. Elmore, group chairman.

The move was announced Wednesday, and will go into effect beginning in the 2019 season.

"My years in Helena have been some of my fondest in professional baseball". Until we see all of that, I have no further comment. "From the day we moved the club to Helena in 2002, I have enjoyed the people and community and I am sad to move the team at the end of the 2018 season", said Helena Brewers owner, DG Elmore.

San Antonio is getting the Triple-A franchise from Colorado Springs, Colorado, which will now be realigned as a member of the short-season Pioneer League.

The San Diego Padres are soon going to have a different AAA affiliate.

Helena plays at 85-year-old Kindrick Legion Field and averaged 1,075 fans per game in 2016, last in the Pioneer League.

Initially, the Triple-A Missions will continue to play their home games at Nelson Wolff Stadium.

  • Julie Sanders