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Albuquerque Isotopes

Albuquerque Isotopes
Founded in 2003
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Team logo Cap insignia
Current Triple-A (2003–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Pacific Coast League
Conference Pacific Conference
Division South Division
Major league affiliations
Current Colorado Rockies (2015–present)
Previous Los Angeles Dodgers (2009–2014)
Florida Marlins (2003–2008)
Minor league titles
Division titles (3)
  • 2003
  • 2009
  • 2012
Team data
Nickname Albuquerque Isotopes (2003–present)
Previous names
Calgary Cannons (1985–2002)
Salt Lake City Gulls (1971–1984)
Colors Black, red, orange, yellow, silver
Mascot Orbit
Ballpark Isotopes Park (2003–present)
Albuquerque Baseball Club, LLC
Manager Glenallen Hill
General Manager John Traub

The Albuquerque Isotopes are a Minor League Baseball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. The team was affiliated with the Florida Marlins from 2003–2008 and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2009–2014. Albuquerque was represented in the PCL as a Dodgers' affiliate by the Albuquerque Dukes, who won several PCL championships in the 1970s and 1980s before relocating to Portland, Oregon, as the Portland Beavers in 2001. The Isotopes began play in 2003 when the Calgary Cannons relocated to New Mexico. In 2012, Forbes ranked the Isotopes as the sixth most valuable franchise in Minor League Baseball.[1]

The Isotopes' mascot is Orbit, a yellow, orange, and red alien.


  • Name origins 1
  • Roster 2
  • Notable broadcasters 3
  • Awards 4
  • Cultural references 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Name origins

The team's name recalls the fictional Springfield Isotopes from the long running TV series The Simpsons. In the episode "Hungry, Hungry Homer", which first aired on March 4, 2001, main character Homer Simpson attempts to thwart the team's plan to move to Albuquerque by going on a hunger strike. Subsequently, when the Albuquerque Tribune asked its online readers to help choose a new name for the Cannons, "Isotopes" received 67 percent of the 120,000 votes cast.[2]

Though team president Ken Young admitted that the name came from the series,[3] he said at the name's unveiling, "We picked it because over the past year it has become a popular name, and it does have something to do with Albuquerque."[4] The "Isotopes" name was deemed appropriate, since New Mexico has a number of well-known scientific and military facilities dealing with nuclear technology, such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), as well as the site of the Trinity test.

In the three months after the team's name was announced in September 2002, before the team ever took the field, the team sold more merchandise than the Albuquerque Dukes sold in any single season,[5] and led minor league baseball in merchandising revenue in 2003.[6] The team said they were able to tell when episodes featuring the Springfield Isotopes would air in different markets based on clusters of orders from different viewing areas.[5] The team has no working agreements with the Fox Broadcasting Company or The Simpsons.[7] However, statues of Homer, Bart, Lisa, and Marge Simpson can be seen at Isotopes Park.[8]


Notable broadcasters


  • In 2014, Joc Pederson, after leading the league in OBP (.435), runs (106), home runs (33), walks (100), and OPS (1.017),[10] and setting Isotopes single-season records for walks and runs scored,[11] was voted the 2014 PCL Most Valuable Player, named to the post-season All-PCL team, and named the PCL "Rookie of the Year," which is awarded to a player in his first year at the AAA level.[12][13][14] He was also selected to Baseball America's 2014 Minor League All-Star team.[15]

Cultural references


  1. ^ "How Billionaires Like Warren Buffett Profit From Minor League Baseball Ownership " Forbes. Retrieved on June 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "Doh! Go Isotopes!".  
  3. ^ Latta, Dennis (September 5, 2002). "Team President Throws Isotopes Name Into Play".  
  4. ^ Oakey, Steve (September 12, 2002). "To Attract Homer, Isotopes Need to Have Duff on Draft".  (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Latta, Dennis (December 15, 2002). "Isotopes Hit a Leadoff Homer at Cash Register". Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque Publishing Company). p. D1. Retrieved June 11, 2007. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Ruiz, Don (August 1, 2004). "In Search of Elusive Huntington Tapes".  (subscription required)
  7. ^ Latta, Dennis (February 1, 2003). Topes, Simpsons Aren't in the Mix"'". Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque Publishing Company). p. D8. Retrieved June 11, 2007. (subscription required)
  8. ^ "Albuquerque Isotopes/Isotopes Park/Homer and Marge". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved February 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ Hill, Benjamin (September 15, 2009). "Jones slugs way to Bauman Award: Home run crown, first big league action mark milestone season". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "2014 Pacific Coast League batting leaders". Baseball Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  11. ^ Dilbeck, Steve (August 28, 2014). "Dodgers prospect Joc Pederson, already PCL's top rookie, is named MVP". LA Times. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ "2014 All-PCL Team Announced". August 25, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Joc Pederson Tabbed PCL Rookie Of The Year". August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Pederson captures PCL's MVP Award". August 28, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ Eddy, Matt (September 2, 2014). "Minor League All-Star Team 2014". Baseball America. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ Wild, Danny (December 3, 2013). "'"Isotopes pay tribute to 'Breaking Bad.  
  17. ^ "Catch Adam as Musical Advisor to Adam Levine".  

External links

  • Official Albuquerque Isotopes website
  • Albuquerque Isotopes fan website

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