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First, congrats to fellow Gazetteer Brent Briggeman for breaking the story that Colorado Springs appears in danger of losing its AAA baseball team, the Sky Sox. Strong work.
Second: Moving from AAA minor league baseball to AA would not be a big loss for the Springs sports scene.
Let me explain what I mean:
Matt Holliday was one of the best prospects in the history of the Colorado Rockies. He's the kind of player a baseball fan wants to watch, and watch often, in the minor league system.
Holliday played 285 games for the Rockies AA affiliates.
He played six games for the Rockies AAA affiliate. Yes, he played a mere half-dozen games for the Sky Sox, then affiliated with the Rockies.
AA is often the superior place to watch a franchise's best prospects.
There is a hitch, a major one, to AA baseball in Colorado Springs. The city is not close to other AA franchises, which might not sound like a big deal until you consider bus travel, not jet travel, is the norm in AA baseball.