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Dodgers moving Triple-A affiliate from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City in 2015

Aug 22, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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According to Michael Baldwin of The Oklahoman, the Dodgers will have a new home for their Triple-A affiliate when the 2015 season begins. Currently in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Dodgers’ Triple-A players will play their home games in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma next season.

Baldwin writes that a group affiliated with the Dodgers is finalizing a purchase of the Oklahoma RedHawks, the current affiliate of the Houston Astros. Reportedly, Mandalay Baseball Properties will receive between $22-28 million in the deal.

The Dodgers aren’t the only team that could swap affiliates. The Athletics could move their Triple-A affiliate to Nashville while the Giants take Sacramento, formerly of the A’s, from Fresno.

  1. SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Sad. The old Dukes, long before the name change, were affiliated with the Dodgers for decades. Growing up in New Mexico in the 70s, I saw many a future Dodger on Albuquerque sports news.

    • yahmule - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      Dukes was such a great name for a team. Hated that dumb trendy move.

  2. phipfwe76 - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Obviously more will have to change. What will the Astros do?

    • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      The Astros have already moved on. They are planning a switch to the Round Rock Express (run by Nolan Ryan’s son — Ryan of course now being affiliated with the Astros).

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Link? That’s all pure speculation. If you know something, please share. The Express still have two years on their deal with the Rangers.

      • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2014/04/14/round-rock-express-may-switch-back-to-astros.html?page=all

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        Link header says “may.” I assume story is same. “May” is not “will.”

      • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:20 PM

        No, but this move and the quote from Nolan are pretty good indicators as well. Unrelatedly, Ryan Braun may have used PEDs.

    • pchuck69 - Aug 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      Right, wait a minute. For every team that moves, another team will have to also.

      If the Astros move to Round Rock, where will the Rangers go?

      There’s a lot of moving missing from this story.

  3. fearlessleader - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Wait—they’re dumping the Isotopes on the same day as the Every Simpsons Ever marathon? That’s just cruel.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 8:52 PM

      More cruel, there are NO chances of a Matt Kemp rehab until I am long gone. :(

  4. erbaodai - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    This move is good for the Dodgers. No more screwing prospect’s stats with that altitude and dryness in Albuquerque.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Duke City is about the same elevation as SLC and Reno, and well below the Springs. Ditto, overall, on humidity.

      • erbaodai - Aug 22, 2014 at 11:38 PM

        Reno and Salt Lake City are about as bad as Albuquerque in terms of dryness. All three are about as high as Denver. OKC is much better than these places.

  5. proudlycanadian - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    The Metropolitans remain stranded in Las Vegas.

    • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

  6. The Bronx Bombers - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Dodgers had good players? who knew?

  7. asimonetti88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    First the Sonics, now the Isotopes… when will OKC stop??

    • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      Welcome your OKC Seahawks, fans!

      • tearlw - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        Now that’s just mean. Hilarious, but mean.

        Plus, I didn’t think of it first, so it’s even worse.

      • tearlw - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        Now that’s just mean. Hilarious, but mean.

        Plus, I didn’t think of it first, so it’s even worse.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM

        More seriously … the Rams could bid OKC off against both St. Louis and LA.

      • yahmule - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        The SeAdderal Seahawks will never move. Too much hassle finding new drug connections.

  8. clydeserra - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    that A’s information doesn’t make any sense.

    The River cats owner’s kid openly speculated about bring in the giants, but moving your AAA franchise 2000 miles away is not a good idea.

    For the dodgers, I suppose the distance is relative, since the player would have to fly regardless, but especially for a club like the A”s that uses 30 people on its roster regularly, a close AAA affiliate is necessary.

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    As someone who used to go to Calgary Cannons games as a kid I’m somewhat glad that the Isotopes (who were the Cannons before moving to Albuquerque) are now leaving there.

    Nothing against Albuquerque but it’s like seeing an ex have her next relationship end, it makes you a little bit happy.

    • rbts2014 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      The Isotopes are not leaving Albuquerque. If the rumors are true, they are just losing the dodgers as their parent club for some other parent club TBD when all the dominos fall.

      I get how if the OKC redhawks sale goes through, the part-owner of the Dodgers would want the dodgers as his parent club, but the travel would be horrendous for the players. Looking at the flights, if you want to go nonstop from OKC to LAX, you have to do it on smaller regional jets. If you want to fly on a big boeing or airbus, you’re going to have to make one plane change stop and that will lengthen your travel time due to layover and/or airport weather delays from OKC to LAX for each callup.

      With Albuquerque, there are lots more daily non-stops to LAX plus a little shorter flight so the travel situation is better for calling up people or sending people to albuquerque on rehab assignments.

      If I had my dreams for a new affiliate parent, it would be the Rockies because all their games are on cable/satellite here and the travel is a cinch with many non-stop flights and only about an hour or so air time. Second would be Rangers because they are rarely blacked out in my out-of-market MLB package and the travel is again pretty easy with many daily nonstops to DFW.

  10. Florio_Jr. - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    I hope nobody goes on a hunger strike to keep them in town like when they moved from Springfield to Alburquerque.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:15 AM

      “Fine then, call the owner of the Dallas Cowboys”
      “Don’t they play football?”
      “They’ll play what I tell them to play, for I am the mayor of Albuquerque…”

      Great episode!

  11. Dogsweat - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Next up: Oklahoma A’s.

  12. El Pollo Loco - Aug 23, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Poor dancin Homer

  13. deker0000 - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    OKC Redhawks fans aren’t doing back flips over this deal, if it happens. We like our team. They’re pretty good and there are a lot of Astros fans here. We’re trading a good team for a not-so good team that’s an affiliate of team that has no fan base here. BUT, we’ll cheer them on cause that’s how we roll…

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