Las Vegas 51s
The Las Vegas 51s, formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League and the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. They are located in Las Vegas, and are named for Area 51 which is located near Rachel, Nevada, the team logo jokingly depicts one of the grey aliens thought by UFO believers to inhabit that base. They play at Cashman Field which has a capacity of 9,334 people, the 51s won the PCL championship as the Stars in 1986 and 1988. Summerlin is an affluent neighborhood in the area of Las Vegas. Possible obstacles are the effects on property values and quality of life, the teams first affiliation was with the San Diego Padres from 1983 to 2000. In 2001, they became the top club of the Los Angeles Dodgers. That affiliation ended at the conclusion of the 2008 season, when the 51s signed on with the Toronto Blue Jays, on March 24,2008, Mandalay Baseball Properties sold the 51s franchise to Stevens Baseball Group. There were no plans to move the team, and talks of building a new stadium have been stagnant for the past seven years. The team has sold about 5,000 tickets per game on average the last few years, the plans came to nothing and Milam walked away from the baseball deal. The Las Vegas 51s originally began as the incarnation of the Portland Beavers baseball club. In 1973, the moved to Spokane, Washington, and were renamed the Indians. The franchise moved again in 1983, becoming the Las Vegas Stars. The Stars became the first professional team to play in Las Vegas since the Las Vegas Wranglers baseball club who played from 1947–52. The following season, the Stars posted another successful campaign going 71–65 and winning their division championship. After a dismal 85 campaign, the Stars returned to their winning ways posting an 80–62 record, in the league semifinals, the Stars defeated the Phoenix Firebirds 3-2 and went on to win their first PCL Championship, defeating the Vancouver Canadians in five games. The Stars won their second PCL Championship two years later, once again defeating Vancouver, this time in four games, the Stars were unable to advance past the first round of the playoffs in both seasons that they qualified. In 2001, after 18 years as the San Diego Padres top affiliate, the Stars then affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers, whose Triple-A affiliate, the Albuquerque Dukes, moved to Portland, Oregon to become the fourth incarnation of the Beavers. The team adopted a logo featuring an alien head and introduced a mascot
Pacific Coast League
The Pacific Coast League is a Minor League Baseball league operating in the Western, Midwestern, and Southeastern United States. Along with the International League and the Mexican League, it is one of three leagues playing at the Triple-A level, which is one grade below Major League Baseball and it is officially named the Pacific Coast League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. The PCL maintains its headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, during the first half of the 20th century, the Pacific Coast League developed into one of the premier regional baseball leagues. With no major league baseball team existing west of St. Louis, although it was never recognized as a true major league, its quality of play was considered very high. During 1945 the league voted to become a major league, some players made a career out of the minor leagues. One of the better known was Frank Shellenback, whose Major League pitching career was brief, many former major-league players came to the PCL to finish their careers after their time in the majors had ended. The mild climate of the West Coast, especially California, allowed the league to play longer seasons, sometimes starting in late February and this allowed players to hone their skills, earn an extra month or two of pay, and reduce the need to find off-season work. The longer playing season also allowed for games on the schedule. Teams sometimes played more than 200 games in a single season, during the 1905 season the San Francisco Seals set the all-time PCL record by playing 230 games. Even just prior to the 1958 reshuffling, the league was playing 170–180 games per season, one consequence of such lengthy seasons was that a number of the all-time minor-league records for season statistical totals are held by players from the PCL. In 1952, the PCL became the minor league in history to be given the Open classification. This limited the rights of major clubs to draft players from the PCL. The shift to the Open classification came just as minor league teams from coast to coast suffered a drop in attendance. The hammer blow to the PCLs major league dreams came in 1958, when the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, as a result, three of the PCLs flagship teams were immediately forced to relocate to smaller markets. Additionally, the PCL lost customers to the league teams which now occupied the same territory. The league never recovered from these blows, the Pacific Coast League reverted to Triple-A classification in 1958, and soon diminished in the public eye to nothing more than another minor league. The Oakland Oaks had moved to Canada two years before the arrival of the Giants, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Rainiers were displaced by Major League teams in 1969, but by this time the PCLs decline was already far advanced. The league now stretches from Western Washington to Middle Tennessee, despite its name, the league now has as many teams east of the Mississippi as it does near the Pacific coast
Roberto Robbie Alomar Velázquez is a former Major League Baseball player, regarded highly as a second baseman. During his career, the 12-time All-Star won more Gold Gloves than any other second baseman in baseball history, on January 5,2011, Alomar was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, in his second year of eligibility. He became the first Hall of Fame member to be inducted as a Toronto Blue Jays player, currently, Alomar serves as a Special Advisor to the Blue Jays. Alomar was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed and he is the son of Sandy Alomar, Sr. a former All-Star second baseman with a 15-year MLB career. His older brother, Sandy Alomar, Jr. was a Major League All-Star catcher and is now the first base coach for the Cleveland Indians, Alomar was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in Salinas, Puerto Rico. The son of Santos Sandy Alomar, Sr. and María Velázquez and he and his older brother Sandy Jr. were raised mostly by their mother, due to their fathers Major League career. Growing up, Alomar idolized both his father and José Cruz, in 1985, Alomar signed with the San Diego Padres at age 17, and joined the teams Class-A affiliate in Charleston. The following year, playing in Reno, he won the California League batting championship with a.346 average, Alomar entered the major leagues in 1988 with the Padres, where he was an excellent fielder with speed and a solid bat. He was an All-Star for the first time in 1990, as a player for the National League. On December 5,1990, Alomar and Joe Carter were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Fred McGriff and Tony Fernández. It was in Toronto that he developed into a premier offensive second baseman, combining a. 300-plus batting average with above average power and high end speed on the bases. In 1993, Alomar had his best season with the Jays, producing 17 home runs,93 RBI and 55 stolen bases, while batting.326, third in the league behind teammates John Olerud and Paul Molitor. In each of his five seasons with the Blue Jays, Alomar was on the All-Star team and his.307 career batting average as a Blue Jay is a franchise record, and he was the Blue Jays Player of the Year in 1991,1992 and 1995. On April 4,2008, Alomars name and number were added to the Level of Excellence, along with team executive Paul Beeston, Alomar and Beeston were presented commissioned portraits at the ceremony. On July 19,2011, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they would retire Alomars number 12 soon after his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Roberto Alomar is the first player in Blue Jays franchise history to have this honor, Alomar is the first player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame depicted as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1995, Alomar signed with the Baltimore Orioles at a time when Toronto was looking to rebuild, in Baltimore, Alomar paired with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. to form a formidable double-play combination. Alomar appeared in the playoffs in 1996 and 1997 for the Orioles, on September 27,1996, during a game against the Blue Jays, Alomar got into a heated argument over a called third strike with umpire John Hirschbeck and spat in his face
Sandy Alomar Jr.
Santos Sandy Alomar Velázquez Jr. is a professional baseball catcher, coach, and manager. He is the son of major leaguer Sandy Alomar Sr. Once in Cleveland, he established himself immediately, becoming the first rookie catcher to start an All-Star game, Alomar was selected as an All-Star in 1991 and 1992. However, his 1992 season was largely lost due to injuries, over the next few years, Alomar suffered several injuries and failed to realize his potential. He came back strong in the first half of 1996 to make his fourth All-Star team, in 1997, everything finally came together for Alomar. He batted.324, was the MVP of the All-Star game in his home ballpark, put together a 30-game hitting streak, and helped lead Cleveland to their third straight postseason appearance. In the Division Series against the New York Yankees, Alomar hit.316 with two runs, including a game-tying shot off Mariano Rivera in the eighth inning of Game 4. Though he was effective against the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS. The Indians lost the World Series to the Florida Marlins, but not on account of Alomar, although Alomar was selected to his sixth All-Star team in 1998, he turned in a mediocre season overall and then had injury problems again in 1999. He left the Indians as an agent after the 2000 season and played in a limited role with the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers. On August 1,2009, the Indians inducted Alomar to the organizations Hall of Fame, on February 15,2008, Alomar was named the catching instructor for the New York Mets organization. He spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons in that role, Alomar was hired in November 2009 as the first base coach to manager Manny Actas staff of the Cleveland Indians. During the 2010 off-season Alomar was rumored to be one of four finalists, along with Brian Butterfield, DeMarlo Hale, during the end of the 2011 season, Alomar was rumored to be on the shortlist of candidates for the vacant Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox managerial positions. On September 28,2011, Alomar was promoted by the Indians to the position of coach for the 2012 season. On September 27,2012, the Indians promoted him to manager after firing Acta. He finished his reign with a record of three wins and three losses. On October 6,2012 the Indians announced that the club had hired Terry Francona to take over as manager, on October 31,2012 the Cleveland Indians announced that Alomar would be back as the bench coach for the 2013 season under Francona. Alomar was replaced by Brad Mills as the coach and he is now their first base coach