Idaho Falls No More

The San Diego Padres will no longer hold a minor league team in Idaho Falls. The rookie level Pioneer League is now affiliated with the Kansas City Royals.

The Idaho Falls team went 24-52 in 2003 and the Padres have another club, Eugene, in a short season league. The Padres felt the competition level was a little too high for the players they were sending there and instead the team will return to the Arizona Summer League in 2004, fielding a team out of their training base in Peoria.

The Royals were operating two rookie clubs in Arizona and sought to place a team in a more competitive rookie league. The Padres were accommodating and released Idaho Falls from the final year of a four-year affiliation contract.

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