Well, one of them.

Last night during the Padres defeat of the Phillies the news came out that the Eugene Emeralds had agreed to a new player development agreement with the Chicago Cubs, ending their 14-year relationship with the Friars.

So, where would the new Padres affiliate play in the Northwest League next season?  The options were either Boise, the Cubs’ old affiliate, or Pasco, WA (aka Tri-Cities), formerly affiliated with the Colorado Rockies.


So that left just one possibility:  the Tri-Cities Dust Devils.  Unless the Padres were looking at a team in the New York-Penn League.  Which is doubtful, to say the least.

All of this followed the announcement earlier this week that the Padres had agreed to a 2-year extensions with the Fort Wayne TinCaps as the Low Single-A affiliate and the San Antonio Missions as the Double-A affiliate.

Today, the Padres announced that Tri-Cities would be their Short Season Single-A home and that the Lake Elsinore Storm had also agreed to a 2-year extension to remain the High Single-A affiliate.

Where the heck is Pasco, WA, you may be asking.

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Franklin County Washington Incorporated and Unincorporated areas Pasco Highlighted” by Arkyan – My own work, based on public domain information. Based on similar map concepts by Ixnayonthetimmay. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

The cities of Pasco, Richland, and Kennewick make up the Tri-Cities in the Dust Devils’ name.  It’s a little more than a 3-hour drive from Portland, OR to the Tri-Cities area and about a 3 ½-hour drive from Seattle, WA.

Welcome to the fold, Tri-Cities.  Now get someone on the Swingin’ Dust Devil logo hat…


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