Rick Sweet thinks Triple-A baseball could eventually find its way back to Colorado Springs.
The Sky Sox manager, with 44 years of experience in the game and more than 1,800 minor league victories, offered his thoughts on the topic on Tuesday during a luncheon to introduce the 2018 Sky Sox roster.
The Elmore Sports Group will move the Triple-A team to San Antonio following this season. The group's current Double-A team in San Antonio will move to a new stadium in Amarillo, Texas. Colorado Springs will receive the Rookie-level team currently in Helena, Mont., that plays in the Pioneer League.
“I foresee Triple-A at some point it being back here in Colorado Springs, with the way the community is growing, the number of people living here and moving here,” Sweet said. “As my players know, it’s hard to find places to live here. This is a fast-growing community. There’s only one drawback, and that’s the altitude. It’s a factor with the metrics, which has become very big in our wonderful sport. … It’s all about numbers, and the altitude numbers are a part of what we do. But, that being said, now that we’re learning more about it, we’re factoring it into the numbers and we’re able to make it work.”
Sweet mentioned potential MLB expansion as an avenue to bring Triple-A baseball back to Colorado Springs. In October, Baseball America published an article written by Hall of Fame writer Tracy Ringolsby that outlined the possibility of Portland and Montreal being granted expansion teams to boost the number of clubs to 32. If that happened, two more Triple-A teams would be needed.
So, who knows, perhaps this carousel isn’t over just yet.