By Luke O’Roark | Post Register
Changes are coming to the Pioneer League soon.
Helena Brewers owner, Elmore Sports Group, announced the team would be relocating to Colorado Springs for the 2019 season Wednesday morning in a press release.
The Brewers will still be a member of the Pioneer League — an eight-team league which includes the Idaho Falls Chukars — according to the press release. The relocation will also see Colorado Springs Sky Sox (triple-A) move to San Antonio and the San Antonio Missions (double-A) move to Amarillo, Texas. All three teams are owned by Elmore Sports Group.
The three teams’ relocations await approval by the Pioneer Baseball League, the Texas League, the Pacific Coast League, the President of Minor League Baseball and the review of Baseball Office of the Commissioner, according to the press release.
“My years in Helena have been some of my fondest in professional baseball,” Brewers owner DG Elmore said the press release. “From the day we moved the club to Helena in 2002, I have enjoyed the people and community and I am sad to move the team at the end of the 2018 season. I am glad there will be two more seasons in Helena and I will cherish them.”
Changes could be looming for the Chukars, too.
With two Colorado teams in the Pioneer’s south division, the Chukars could switch to the north division (which includes Missoula Osprey, Billings Mustangs and Great Falls Voyagers) by 2019.
Idaho Falls is also owned by the Elmore Sports Group and Brewers’ general manager Paul Fetz was a part of the Idaho Falls (then the Padres) organization in 1999.
Idaho Falls has been an affiliate for Kansas City since 2004. The organization has been Idaho Falls-based since 1977.
BREAKING: MiLB shakeup. Helena Brewers will move to Colorado Springs in 2019. Sky Sox become AAA San Antonio, AA S.A. moves to Amarillo pic.twitter.com/k3q9MpNSFI
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