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Amarillo Sod Poodles
Founded in 2019
Amarillo, Texas
Amarillo Sod Poodles.png Amarillo Sod Poodles Cap Logo.png
Team logoCap insignia
Current Double-A (from 2019)
Minor league affiliations
League Texas League (from 2019)
DivisionSouth [1]
Major league affiliations
Current San Diego Padres (from 2019)
Minor league titles
League titles (0)None
Team data
NicknameAmarillo Sod Poodles (from 2019)
ColorsTexas Blue, Amarillo Yellow, Route 66 Retro Blue, Texas Red, white [2]
Ballpark Hodgetown (from 2019)
Elmore Sports Group
Manager Phillip Wellman
General ManagerTony Ensor [1]

The Amarillo Sod Poodles, nicknamed the Soddies, are a Minor League Baseball team that will begin play as a member of the Texas League in Amarillo, Texas, in 2019. They will be the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. [3] They will play their home games at Hodgetown, a new $45.5 million stadium in downtown Amarillo. [4]


On June 21, 2017, David G. Elmore, president of Elmore Sports Group, announced the relocation of the San Antonio Missions Double-A franchise to Amarillo in 2019. The Double-A franchise will continue to compete in the Texas League under a new nickname. [5] This move is part of a larger relocation wherein the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Pacific Coast League will relocate to San Antonio in 2019, continuing the use of the Missions nickname at the Triple-A level, and the Helena Brewers of the rookie level Pioneer League will move to Colorado Springs. [6]

The team's name was decided in a name-the-team contest. [7] Five finalists were selected: "Boot Scooters," "Bronc Busters," "Jerky," "Long Haulers," and "Sod Poodles." [8] The names received negative feedback from locals over their absurd nature, but the team indicated their intention to adopt an unusual, family-friendly name. [9] The chosen name, Sod Poodles, is in reference to the prevalence of prairie dogs in West Texas. [10]

On January 17, 2019, it was announced that the ballpark would be named Hodgetown in honor of Amarillo pharmacist, businessman, philanthropist and the 26th Mayor of Amarillo Jerry Hodge. [11]


Amarillo Sod Poodles roster
Players Coaches/Other





  •  2 Forrestt Allday
  •  9 Auston Bousfield
  •  1 Rod Boykin
  • 28 Michael Gettys



  • -- Freddy Flores (fielding)
  • 45 Jimmy Jones (pitching)
  • 32 Raul Padron (hitting)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On San Diego Padres 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated January 20, 2019
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San Diego Padres minor league players


  1. ^ a b "Opening Date for New Amarillo Ballpark: April 8". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. August 24, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Sod Poodles Dig Their Way Into Amarillo".
  3. ^ "Padres, Amarillo Agree to Affiliation". Ballpark Digest. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Clark, Douglas (February 1, 2018). "Stepping up to the plate: Officials break ground on downtown ballpark project". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Reichard, Kevin (June 21, 2017). "Elmore Sports Group: Three Franchise Shifts in 2019". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "San Antonio to join PCL beginning in 2019". Pacific Coast League. June 21, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Lahnert, Lance (February 1, 2018). "Residents to pick new Elmore Sports Group team name in April, MLB affiliation to be announced in fall". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved February 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Finalists Unveiled for Amarillo Texas League Team Name". Ballpark Digest. May 30, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  9. ^ Alewel, Madison (May 30, 2018). "Baseball team names strike out with Amarillo community". News Channel 10. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  10. ^ Hill, Benjamin (November 13, 2018). "Sod Poodles burrow into Texas Panhandle". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "Amarillo Sod Poodles Name Downtown Ballpark "Hodgetown"". January 17, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2019.

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