I had a pin, but not a ball. New mail in policy fixed that issue.
I'll have to look and see if I can find the original post I did from the visit.
|Las Vegas 51s|
Founded in 1919
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Current||Triple-A (1983 – present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Pacific Coast League (1983 – present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||New York Mets (2013 – present)|
|Previous||Toronto Blue Jays (2009–2012)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1986, 1988 (2)|
|Division titles||1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2002 (8)|
|Nickname||Las Vegas 51s (2001 – present)|
|Previous names||Las Vegas Stars (1983–2000)|
|Ballpark||Cashman Field (1983 – present)|
|Previous parks||Fairgrounds Recreational Park (1973–1983)|
|Stevens Baseball Group[a]|
They play at Cashman Field (capacity 9,334) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The team competes in the Pacific Coast League (PCL). The 51s won the PCL championship as the Stars in 1986 and 1988.
The 51s take their name from Area 51 which is located near Rachel, Nevada, about 80 miles north of Las Vegas, although the route that must be taken by car to get there takes about three hours of travel. The team logo jokingly depicts one of the grey aliens thought by UFO believers to inhabit that base.
In April 2013, the team was purchased by Summerlin Las Vegas Baseball Club LLC, a joint venture of Howard Hughes Corp. and Play Ball Owners Group, including investors Steve Mack, Bart Wear and Chris Kaempfer, with intentions of moving it to a new proposed stadium of $60 million, in Summerlin near the Red Rock Resort Spa and Casino. Summerlin is an affluent neighborhood in the western area of Las Vegas. Possible obstacles are the effects on property values and quality of life, in addition to potential stress on the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ecology.
The team's first affiliation was with the San Diego Padres from 1983 to 2000. In 2001, they became the top farm 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. The New York Mets became affiliated with the 51s after the Blue Jays and Buffalo Bisons, with whom the Mets had been affiliated since 2009, struck an agreement; since the 51s were the only other unaffiliated team the Mets moved their Triple-A club cross country.
In May 2011, Stevens Baseball Group came to an agreement to sell the 51s for an undisclosed amount to Silver State Baseball Group, LLC, with ownership to be transferred by the end of July 2011. Chris Milam, head of Silver State Baseball Group, LLC plans to move the team to a new ballpark at his proposed Las Vegas National Sports Center, if the complex is built.