Colorado Springs Sky Sox
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox joined the Pacific Coast League in time for the 1988 season and, unlike many teams within Minor League Baseball, haven't moved cities or changed names over the years. A team by the same name, however, existed in the Class-A Western League between 1950 and 1958. The Sky Sox were affiliates with the Cleveland Indians from 1988 to 1992 and have been with the Colorado Rockies since 1993.
The Sky Sox play the home games on their schedule at Security Service Field, which opened in 1988. The ballpark has an official capacity of 8,500 but can be expanded to as high as 10,000 for non-baseball events. Security Service Field's defining feature is a hot tub in the right field corner that's marketed as being the highest-altitude hot tub in professional sports.
Two Pacific Coast League Championships
The Sky Sox made news by finding success fairly early on, winning the PCL title in 1992 and 1995 over Vancouver and Salt Lake City, respectively. Since then, however, they've failed to achieve the same degree of success.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox Roster
Notable members of the Sky Sox all-time roster include Sandy Alomar, Jr., Brad Ausmus, Albert Belle, Joe Girardi, Todd Helton, Matt Holliday, Juan Pierre, Jim Thome and managers Mike Hargrove and Charlie Manuel.
During Spring Training, members of the Sky Sox share Salt River Fields at Talking Stick with other players from the Colorado Rockies system. The park opened in 2011 and is also the Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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