The Pecos League 2014 season is complete. Below is the league’s report on the teams.
Santa Fe Fuego: The Fuego lead the league in attendance and won the Northern Division. The Fuego had a great group of players on and off the field and the fans took note. The Fuego again hosted the All-Star Game. Fort Marcy Park lost its beer garden and made several other improvements.
Alpine Cowboys: The Cowboys won the Southern Division and had great crowds and a great setting for baseball in West Texas. The Cowboys again ran their own concessions.
White Sands Pupfish: The magic is back in Alamogordo. The Pupfish had their best season ever in total attendance, and finally had a team the fans liked. The Pupfish will again hire a new manager in 2015.
Trinidad Triggers: It was a very calm year in Colorado for the Pecos League. The Triggers again made the playoffs in the Northern Division but didn’t have the TV show following them. The Triggers were hampered a little bit by weather issues but had a great season on and off the field. The Triggers had a huge following from fans outside of the region who popped in to see a Triggers Game after the reality show aired.
Taos Blizzard: The Blizzard established baseball in Taos and drew well in the second half of the season. The players loved playing in Taos with their state of the art lights.
Bisbee Blue: The Blue had a disappointing year in total attendance but the Blue established themselves within the community as a summer entertainment option. The Blue completed the season and had their largest attendance night the last game of the season. The Bisbee Blue were cast in the shadow of the previous college summer wood bat teams. The Copperkings and Ironmen. These teams never finished the season and fans knew right away the Pecos League was a much better league. Bisbee will have to support itself, likely as the lone Arizona Team going forward.
Roswell Invaders: The Invaders made the playoffs again, but had their worst year of attendance ever. The Invaders had their hardcore fans but actually sold more merchandise than tickets. Their gear is one of the most popular brands/designs in minor league baseball. The Invaders fans complained about lack of offense and no players that were they could identify. The Invaders had their best pitching staff ever and made deadline trades to improve their offense. The Invaders are already regrouping are looking to have a turnaround like Alamogordo did from 2013-2014.
Ratón Osos: The Osos had a huge down year. The Osos had fans but the fans complained about having to pay $6 for tickets and team revenue was 40 percent of what it was the first year. The writing may be on the wall in Ratón as there is not enough money to support a baseball team. Like many events that have come and gone in Ratón, money is always an issue. The future is unknown for the Osos in 2015. The reality TV show that featured the Triggers was not popular in Ratón with fans at all. Several host families pulled out and the Osos are wearing on City Resources. The Pecos League had issues with umpiring scheduling that left Ratón with five games uncovered that had to be covered by local umpires. Fans and Locals felt the Pecos League didn’t care about Ratón. Despite these issues Ratón’s Ballpark is ideal for Pecos League and their location next to Trinidad is great and all visiting teams loved the Microtel.
Las Vegas Train Robbers: The Train Robbers had 21 of their 70 games rained out. They only were able to play a limited number of home games and had virtually no attendance. The city of Las Vegas experienced a political change as the city manager of Las Vegas left and went to Santa Rosa. The Train Robbers followed him for one game in Santa Rosa which sold out. The one game in Santa Rosa outdrew Las Vegas for their entire season. The beer vendor often failed to show up, which irritated local fans.
Douglas Diablos: When the 2014 schedule was announced many people questioned the Pecos League decision to have a team in Douglas Arizona. The team was a balancing team for Bisbee to have another Arizona Team. The Diablos had no following at all from the announcement of the team, from opening day to the end of the season. The Diablos could not even get the Little League director to have youth nights. Hotel Gadsden made huge money on the Pecos League as both Bisbee and Douglas used the Gadsden as the hotel for visiting teams. The Gadsden was also home to spring training. The city of Douglas was the only group that supported the Diablos. The city provided the team with housing for players and ran beer and concessions. The city also helped the team as best as it could. The Copper King Ballpark the Diablos played in was ideal for the Pecos League with dual club houses and seating for 2000. When he Pecos League hosted spring training in Douglas, the Diablos participated in every community event they could. There was no following at all. The city of Douglas will unlikely want the Pecos League to return for the 2015 season.