Saturday, April 12, 2014

After all these years, Las Vegas 51's is completed. AAA for New York Mets Las Vegas, Nevada

I originally went to Las Vegas with Brandon back in 2008 on a Western trip.  I remember the game and field due to the fact that we were at the game at 8 pm, and the temperature was 106 at game time.  They had misters in the stands to keep you from passing out!!!!

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
Team logoCap insignia
CurrentTriple-A (1983 – present)
Minor league affiliations
LeaguePacific Coast League (1983 – present)
ConferencePacific Conference
DivisionSouthern Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentNew York Mets (2013 – present)
PreviousToronto Blue Jays (2009–2012)
Minor league titles
League titles1986, 1988 (2)
Division titles1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2002 (8)
Team data
NicknameLas Vegas 51s (2001 – present)
Previous namesLas Vegas Stars (1983–2000)
  • Spokane Indians (1973–1982)
  • Portland Beavers (1919–1972)
ColorsBlue, Gray
BallparkCashman Field (1983 – present)
Previous parksFairgrounds Recreational Park (1973–1983)
Stevens Baseball Group[a]
ManagerWally Backman
The Las Vegas 51s, formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, are a minor league baseball team. As of the 2013 baseball season, the 51s are the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. This marks the Mets' third Triple-A affiliate change since their 37-year affiliation with the Norfolk Tides ended after the 2006 season (the New Orleans Zephyrs and Buffalo Bisons have also served as New York's AAA affiliate since 2007). The 51s were most recently the Triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, who have since taken the Mets' place as Buffalo's major league parent club.
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.[1]

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.

On March 24, 2008, Mandalay Baseball Properties sold the 51s franchise to Stevens Baseball Group.[2] There were no plans to move the team,[3] and talks of building a new stadium have been essentially stagnant for the past seven years.[4][5] The team has sold about 5,000 tickets per game on average the last few years,[6] but far fewer fans typically attend home games.[7]
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.[8]

The Las Vegas 51s originally began as the second incarnation of the Portland Beavers baseball club, who reentered the Pacific Coast League after a two-year hiatus. In 1973, the team moved to Spokane, Washington, and were renamed the Indians.

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