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A rundown of teams in the Pacific Conference of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, with their history, contact information and more.

1. Colorado Springs Sky Sox

Ballpark: Security Service Field, Colorado Springs, Colo., opened in 1988, capacity 8,500

Current affiliation: Colorado Rockies

Division: North

History: The franchise has its roots as the Sacramento Solons from the turn of the 20th century to 1961, when the franchise moved to Hawaii and became the Islanders. The franchise moved to Colorado Springs in 1988. The team has been an affiliated Pacific Coast League team continuously since 1959. Franchise affiliations since moving to Colorado Springs:

  • 1988-92: Cleveland Indians
  • 1993-: Colorado Rockies

Championships:

  • Pacific Coast League: 1992, 1995
  • PCL Pacific North: 1992, 1995

Famous past players:

Ownership: Elmore Sports Group

2. Fresno Grizzlies

Ballpark: Chukchansi Park, Fresno, Calif., opened in 2002, capacity 12,500

Current affiliation: San Francisco Giants

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1969 as the Tucson (Ariz.) Toros and moved to Fresno in 1998. Franchise affiliations in team history:

  • 1969-72: Chicago White Sox
  • 1973-76: Oakland Athletics
  • 1977-79: Texas Rangers
  • 1980-97: Houston Astros
  • 1998-: San Francisco Giants

Championships:

  • Pacific Coast League: 1991, 1993
  • PCL division: 1973, 1991, 1993, 1998

Famous past players:

Ownership: Fresno Baseball, LLC

3. Las Vegas 51s

Ballpark: Cashman Field, opened in 1983, capacity 9,334

Current affiliation: New York Mets

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1919 as the Portland Beavers, then moved to Spokane (Wash.) in 1973 and to Las Vegas in 1983, becoming the Las Vegas Stars. They became the 51s in 2001. Franchise affiliations since moving to Las Vegas:

  • 1983-2000: San Diego Padres
  • 2001-08: Los Angeles Dodgers
  • 2009-12: Toronto Blue Jays
  • 2013-: New York Mets

Championships:

  • Pacific Coast League: 1986, 1988
  • PCL Division: 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2002

Famous past players:

Ownership: Stevens Baseball Group

4. Reno Aces

Ballpark: Aces Ballpark, Reno, Nev., opened in 2009, capacity 9,100

Current affiliation: Arizona Diamondbacks

Division: North

History: The franchise was founded in 1998 as the Tucson Sidewinders, when the Arizona Diamondbacks joined the National League as an expansion team. The team has been affiliated with the Diamondbacks for its entire history.

Championships:

  • Class AAA: 2006, 2012
  • Pacific Coast League: 2006, 2012
  • PCL Pacific: 2006, 2012
  • PCL Pacific North: 2006, 2011, 2012

Famous past players:

Ownership: SK Baseball, LLC

5. Sacramento River Cats

Ballpark: Raley Field, Sacramento, Calif., opened in 2000, capacity 11,093

Current affiliation: Oakland Athletics

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1978 as the Vancouver Canadians and moved to Sacramento in 2000. Franchise affiliations in the last six years:

  • 1978, 1999-: Oakland A's
  • 1987-86: Milwaukee Brewers
  • 1987: Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1988-93: Chicago White Sox
  • 1994-98: California/Anaheim Angels

Championships:

  • Class AAA: 1999, 2007, 2008
  • Pacific Coast League: 1985, 1989, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008
  • PCL Pacific: 1999, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • PCL division titles: 1985, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Famous past players:

Ownership: Susan Savage

6. Salt Lake Bees

Ballpark: Spring Mobile Ballpark, Salt Lake City, Utah, opened in 1994, capacity 15,411

Current affiliation: Los Angeles Angels

Division: North

History: The franchise was founded in 1978 as the second incarnation of the Portland Beavers and moved to Salt Lake City in 1994 as the Buzz. They later became the Stingers in 2001, then the Bees in 2006. Franchise affiliations:

  • 1978: Cleveland Indians
  • 1979-82: Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1983-86: Philadelphia Phillies
  • 1987-2000: Minnesota Twins
  • 2001-: Los Angeles Angels

Championships:

  • Pacific Coast League: 1983
  • Pacific Coast League Pacific: 1995, 2000, 2002
  • Pacific Coast League division: 1983, 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008

Famous past players:

Ownership: Larry Miller family

7. Tacoma Rainiers

Ballpark: Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, Wash., opened in 1960, capacity 9.600

Current affiliation: Seattle Mariners

Division: North

History: The franchise has played continuously in the PCL since 1980, starting in Vernon, Calif., then moving to San Francisco in 1926 and Salt Lake City in 1958 and Tacoma in 1966, where the team became the Tacoma Cubs. It also has been knows as the Twins, Yankees, Tugs and Tigers before becoming the Rainiers in 1995. Franchise affiliations since moving to Tacoma:

  • 1966-71: Chicago Cubs
  • 1972-77: Minnesota Twins
  • 1978: New York Yankees
  • 1979-80: Cleveland Indians
  • 1981-94: Oakland Athletics
  • 1995-: Seattle Mariners

Championships:

  • Pacific Coast League: 2001, 2010
  • Pacific Coast League Pacific: 2001, 2005, 2010
  • Pacific Coast league division: 2002, 2005, 2009, 2010

Famous past players:

Ownership: Schlegel Sports Group

8. Tucson Padres

Ballpark: Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., opened in 1998, capacity 11,500

Current affiliation: San Diego Padres

Division: South

History: The franchise has played continuously in the PCL since 1903, and it was the Los Angeles Angels until 1957. When the American League team of the same name was formed, the PCL team moved to Spokane, Wash., until 1971, then Albuquerque in 1972, then becoming another incarnation of the Portland Beavers from 2001-10. The team moved to Tucson in 2011 as a San Diego Padres affiliate, which it has been since 2001. The team is planning to move to El Paso, Texas in 2014.

Championships:

  • None since moving to Tucson.

Famous players since 1972:

Ownership: Mountain Star Sports

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