Albuquerque Isotopes

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Team History[edit]

The Albuquerque Isotopes of the Pacific Coast League and briefly in Triple-A West, are nicknamed for a fictional team in a 2001 episode of The Simpsons. The Colorado Rockies farmhands play their home games at Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque, NM.

In "Hungry, Hungry Homer", Homer Simpson goes on a hunger strike to stop the Springfield Isotopes from moving to Albuquerque. When the episode aired, Albuquerque was temporarily without a team; when one moved there, it was decided to name the team the Isotopes at least in part because of the TV episode. Colorful Simpsons statues are scattered around the ballpark. The name is also appropriate because New Mexico was the home of the first nuclear weapons test in history and remains the home of two nuclear research laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

The Isotopes began play in 2003, when the Calgary Cannons moved from Canada to New Mexico. In 2007, the Isotopes won Baseball America's Freitas Award, given to a minor league team at each classification level for outstanding operations.

With this team as with previous franchises, Albuquerque had a long-standing relationship with the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, the farm club joined the Rockies in 2015.

In this day of alternate brands, the 'Topes may be the first to use two in one day; August 2nd, 2021, they used their Green Chile Cheeseburgers ID in one game of a double-header and their two-time Copa de la Diversión-winning Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico (New Mexico Musicians) brand in the other. The Copa grew from a 2017 Hispanic engagement campaign.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2003 74-70 5th Dean Treanor Lost in 1st round Matt Stark Gary Buckels
2004 67-77 12th Tracy Woodson Matt Stark Jeff Schwarz
2005 78-76 5th Dean Treanor Reggie Jefferson Jeff Schwarz
2006 70-72 10th Dean Treanor Steve Phillips Scott Mitchell
2007 72-70 9th Dean Treanor Steve Phillips Rich Gale
2008 68-75 10th Dean Treanor Steve Phillips Rich Gale
2009 80-64 2nd Tim Wallach Lost in 1st Round John Moses Jim Slaton
2010 72-71 10th Tim Wallach John Moses Jim Slaton / Glenn Dishman
2011 70-74 8th (t) Lorenzo Bundy John Valentin Glenn Dishman
2012 80-64 4th Lorenzo Bundy Lost in 1st Round John Valentin Glenn Dishman
2013 76-68 6th (t) Lorenzo Bundy Franklin Stubbs Glenn Dishman
2014 62-80 14th Damon Berryhill Franklin Stubbs Glenn Dishman
2015 62-82 14th Glenallen Hill Dave Hajek Darryl Scott
2016 71-72 7th (t) Glenallen Hill John Shelby Darryl Scott
2017 68-73 11th Glenallen Hill Darin Everson Mark Brewer
2018 63-77 14th Glenallen Hill Tim Doherty Brandon Emanuel
2019 60-80 15th Glenallen Hill Tim Doherty Brandon Emanuel
2020 Season cancelled
2021 52-68 8th Warren Schaeffer 6-4 Pedro Lopez Blaine Beatty
2022 Warren Schaeffer Jordan Pacheco Frank Gonzales Pedro Lopez

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