Part 2 of 2 Las Cruces removed from 2013 Pecos League Schedule
The Pecos League continues to migrate North into Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
The big loser here is Alamogordo where the Pupfish went from being the Hub of the league to the leagues most isolated city in a matter of two months. In 2011 the Pupfish fans loved scheduling trips to Las Cruces where they almost always outnumbered Vaqueros Fans despite being the road team.
Reaction from Vaqueros supporters:
Darrell Carrillo: New Mexico School of Baseball "Disappointing that Las Cruces couldn't support a team, sad. "
Bill Moore: "The city of Las Cruces was a flagship city of the Pecos League. I don't know what happened to the flag or the ship but neither are left. When we played Casey and the Vaqueros last year we had more players on the field between the two teams than fans in the stands. A sad story and a great playing surface."
Alpine 06 Cowboys Manager Ryan Stevens says: "This is the best move in the history of the Pecos League. I think the more teams in West Texas the better. The facilities are great, the city is excited and I don't know why this wasn't thought of earlier. I am sorry to see Las Cruces go but I am excited to have three teams in West Texas in the League. We have been missing the West Texas side of the West Texas/New Mexico Baseball League."
Ernie Munoz White Sands Pupfish-"I have loved playing there for three years, it is a great surface. It is far the best field in the league. "
Vaqueros 2012 Manager and current Las Vegas Manager Casey Dill: "I really enjoyed my time in Las Cruces. Our players loved the ballpark and we had a great record at home. The problem with Las Cruces compared to the other cities is the key business leaders in the community don't support the team. In other cities in the Pecos League there are key business leaders and civic individuals behind their teams. In Las Cruces all we had was our host families, people don't know about the Vaqueros and they don't care. Definitely not a sports town. The key financial ingredients to have a successful professional baseball team aren't here. I am very excited to be back in the Pecos League in Las Vegas and invite all of you Vaquero Fans to be Train Robber fans. We have similar colors and will be a fun team again this year. The Pecos League stepped in last year and did the best job they could with very little support. Our players love the field and the town but it will be great to get better support this year. I also think the groundskeeping rules were excessive we got kicked off a field in Spring Training for wearing spikes. The Pecos League has never been better go Train Robbers!"
Trinidad Manager JD Droddy: "Las Cruces doesn't support baseball or the Vaqueros. The Vaqueros had a great team last year and you could count the fans. My suggestion was for the Pecos League should was to have eliminated the Vaqueros and went with 8 teams in November. It doesn't affect us in the North very much but in the South it really makes things interesting. ."
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