Idaho Falls Chukars

From BR Bullpen


Team History[edit]

Prior to the 2004 season, the Idaho Falls Padres changed affilliations and became the Idaho Falls Chukars. After calling McDermott Field in Idaho Falls, Idaho home for their first three seasons, the Chukars moved into a new ballpark, Melaleuca Field, in 2007.

Under skipper Brian Rupp, the Chukars reached the playoffs in 2004, losing to the Provo Angels in the first round. Third baseman Billy Butler led the league with a .373 batting average and tied a teammate, outfielder Brian McFall, for the league lead with 68 RBIs. McFall also led the circuit with 23 stolen bases. They were joined by second baseman Eddie Solis, who hit .366, as All-Stars.

The Chukars struggled a bit in 2005, posting identical 17-21 marks in each half of the season. The lineup was led by a pair of All-Stars: shortstop Chris McConnell, who hit .331 with 6 homers, and outfielder Ethien Santana, who hit .300 and swiped 20 bases.

In 2006, Rupp's club returned to the playoffs, sweeping the Orem Owlz in the first round before falling to the Missoula Osprey in the league finals. Reliever Aaron Hartsock tied for the league lead with 6 wins, while posting a 2.91 ERA in 18 appearances.

In 2007, the Chukars won their division in both halves of the season before falling to Orem in the first round of the playoffs. Outfielder Clint Robinson won the league's MVP award, hitting .336 with 15 homers and a league-best 66 RBIs, and shortstop Anthony Seratelli hit .327 with 10 home runs and paced the circuit with 29 stolen bases.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach(es)
2004 42-35 3rd Brian Rupp Lost in 1st round Pookie Wilson Jose Bautista
2005 34-42 6th (t) Brian Rupp Theron Todd Jose Bautista
2006 40-36 4th Brian Rupp Lost League Finals Jose Bautista
2007 45-30 3rd Brian Rupp Lost in 1st round Patrick Anderson Jerry Nyman
2008 33-43 7th Jim Gabella Jerry Nyman
2009 43-31 2nd Darryl Kennedy Carlos Martinez
2010 27-49 8th Brian Buchanan Julio Bruno Jerry Nyman
2011 33-43 6th Brian Buchanan Omar Ramirez Jerry Nyman
2012 35-41 6th (t) Omar Ramirez Jerry Nyman
2013 41-35 3rd Omar Ramirez League Champs Damon Hollins Steve Merriman
2014 38-38 5th Omar Ramirez Damon Hollins Mark Davis Julio Bruno Willie Aikens
2015 38-38 4th Justin Gemoll Lost League Finals Andre David Jeff Suppan Ramon A. Castro
2016 40-36 3rd Justin Gemoll Andre David Jeff Suppan Ramon A. Castro
2017 33-43 7th Justin Gemoll Damon Hollins Jeff Suppan Ramon A. Castro
2018 43-33 3rd Omar Ramirez Damon Hollins Jeff Suppan Luis Hernandez
2019 34-41 6th Omar Ramirez League Champs Chris Nelson Clayton Mortensen Damon Hollins
2020 Season cancelled
Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2021 58-39 2nd Billy Gardner Jr.

External Link[edit]

Idaho Falls Chukars