Colorado has decided on Albuquerque, New Mexico as the new home for their Triple-A team, a source has informed me.
For the first time in the history of the Rockies organization – since it’s inception in 1993 – Colorado Springs will not be the host to their Class-AAA squad. The Rockies determined it was in their best interest to not renew their relationship with the Sky Sox in recent days and look elsewhere.
The Albuquerque Isotopes – who have reportedly split ties with the Dodgers – are a good fit to join up with the Rockies. (Los Angeles will shift their minor league team to Oklahoma City.) Albuquerque is just 450 miles south of the Mile High City and is at an altitude similar to that of Coors Field. The high-altitude preparation as well as the nice facilities it maintains makes the Isotopes a very compatible match.
Their affiliation will begin following the completion of this season.
The Rockies are also likely looking to relocate their Double-A affiliate, currently the Tulsa Drillers. Their search is limited by available suitors, but they are in the process of making a decision.