Think of 2011 as the Summer of Beavers … Triple-A ball style


The San Diego Padres’ Triple-A Portland Beavers, a team that’s soon without a place to play, will likely move its 2011 home to Lake Elsinore and share the stadium with the Padres’ Single-A Storm, according to Baseball America (linked here).

Meanwhile, Padres CEO Jeff Moorad has formed a group that includes former UCLA and NFL quarterback Troy Aikman in hopes of buying the Pacific Coast League franchise from current owner Merritt Paulson and move it closer to San Diego — with San Marcos, Escondito or Tuscon, Ariz., as possible landing spots.

The Beavers will be without a home after this season — their long-time ballpark will be converted into a soccer-only facility to house the Major League Soccer’s expansion Portland Timbers, which are owned by Paulson.

The city of Portland turned down proposals to build the Beavers a new stadium. So, at Lake Elsinore, the 7,866-seat park awaits.

The Baseball American story says that Minor League Baseball has said the park sharing between the Beavers and Storm in Lake Elsinore can only last one season.

PCL president Branch Rickey, the grandson of late baseball executive Branch Rickey, is quoted: “The situation is something the California League and Pacific Coast League would not consider a long-term solution, but a one-year interim is a possibility.”

Moorad told Baseball America he wants his team’s Triple-A franchise in California, at a yet-to-be built stadium.

“We’ve had talks with several municipalities, including Escondido,” he said.

Now, just keep the name, and get Jerry Mathers to throw out the first pitch (linked here).

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