The Pecos League announced today that changes in the local political structure in Trinidad Colorado have forced the team to move stadiums. The Triggers are intended to remain as the same team name with the same logo and uniforms; but they are scheduled to play across the Colorado border in Raton, New Mexico.
The Pecos League is able to operate on a lower budget than most independent teams because it leases city parks for the summer in New Mexico and Colorado. Andrew Dunn, Pecos League commissioner, was quoted in the article and he goes over the situation including how changes in the local political scene and political pressure from the local junior college over who has the rights to the field during the summer. Apparently, the city of Trinidad has had major turmoil in recent months within its own city management; and the impact to the Pecos League appears to be isolated to just the city of Trinidad.
At this time, here is the breakdown of teams which will be in the Pecos League in 2013:
- Las Vegas (New Mexico) Train Robbers – new team
- Santa Fe Fuego
- Taos Blizzard – new team
- Trinidad Triggers – now playing in Raton, New Mexcio
- Alpine Cowboys
- Las Cruces Vaqueros
- Pecos Bills – new
- White Sands Pupfish
- Roswell Invaders (play in both divisions)
Assuming that all of the new teams are secure in terms of stadium leases, entity structures and operating procedures there will be 9 teams in the Pecos League. Should a tenth team be added, such as a travel team, then it will be reported on this site. There is precedent for a 9-team league before when the Golden League operated a season with an odd number of teams for a season after the first attempt to bring Tijuana into the GBL did not work.
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