Las Vegas 51s
Named after the mysterious Area 51 site in the Nevada desert, the Las Vegas 51s franchise has roots in Porland and Spokane. The current team, however, moved to Sin City in 1983 and was originally known as the Stars. The club took its current name prior to the 2001 Pacific Coast League season. The 51s have been affiliated with the New York Mets since 2013. Previously, they had a partnership with the Toronto Blue Jays between 2009 and 2012, the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2001 to 2008 and the San Diego Padres between 1983 and 2000.
The 51s play the home games on their schedule at Cashman Field, which opened in 1983. The Stars/51s franchise has been the park's lone permanent occupant, although it did host the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners in its first game in April of 1983. Cashman Field also made news headlines by hosting the Oakland Athletics during part of the 1996 when the Coliseum was under renovation and plays host to one Major League Baseball Spring Training game every year. The park has an official capacity of 12,500, including grass seating, and is located just a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip.
Two Pacific Coast League Championships
As the Stars, the organization won a pair of Pacific Coast League titles in 1986 and 1988, but has failed to top the league since then. The organization has won a total of eight division titles including an impressive run with titles in 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987 and 1988. The 51s haven't claimed their division since 2002.
Las Vegas 51s Roster
A number of notable baseball stars have appeared on the 51s roster over the year, including when the franchise was known as the stars. These names include Roberto Alomar, Russell Martin, Matt Kemp, Tony Gwynn, Andre Ethier, Shane Victorino, John Kruk and Jayson Werth. Larry Bowa once managed the franchise and ESPN personality Colin Cowherd called the team's games early in his radio career.
During Spring Training, members of the 51s share Tradition Field with other players from the New York Mets system. The park opened in 1988 and holds 7,160 fans. It's also the home of the Florida State League's St. Lucie Mets.
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