The Las Vegas Aviators, formerly of the Pacific Coast League, went from shunned to sought-after with their new playpen in 2019 - at the same time changing their brand from Las Vegas 51s. After the New York Mets escaped parenting far-off Vegas by buying the Syracuse Chiefs, the 51s signed the first new affiliation of the 2019-2020 cycle with the Oakland Athletics. Vegas seems to have emerged as the A's' most likely landing spot if they can't get a stadium deal in Oakland - a turnaround since then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in 2013 that Vegas would "never" have MLB because of gambling.
The franchise first settled in Vegas, as the Stars, when the Portland Beavers moved there in 1983. Now on their third nickname and second stadium, they broke their Vegas season attendance record on the 42nd date of 2019 and totaled a minors-topping 650,934 spectators including 43 sellouts. The Vegas-Reno season series winner gets the Silver Plate Trophy. The Aviators play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Reyes de Plata de Las Vegas (Las Vegas Silver Kings).