The 2006 Tucson Sidewinders won 91 regular-season games, went 40-14 over a two-month span and won their division by a remarkable 13 games.
Tucson Padres manager Pat Murphy, who coached ASU for 15 years, said recently: "I never dreamed I'd be running the team down here."
Pat Murphy was forced to resign as ASU's coach in November 2009. The NCAA later banned the program from the 2012 postseason because of infractions during his tenure.
Pat Murphy is prepared to emerge from the dugout Friday to a familiar chorus.
Roberto Lopez's eighth-inning single led to a Sawyer Carroll throwing error and an eventual 5-3 Salt Lake win over the Tucson Padres on Saturday night.
Sometime soon, maybe within a month, an El Paso group will purchase the Tucson Padres from Jeff Moorad with plans of moving them out of town in a year or two.
Padres pitcher Matt Palmer, 6-7 going into Monday's game, was the starter Monday against Tacoma, which lost both games of Sunday's doubleheader to Tucson but won last night.
The Tucson Padres aren't contending for any division titles. They aren't headed to the playoffs and they won't post a .500 season.
Jeremy Hermida's homer in the seventh inning ignited Tucson as the Padres rallied for four late runs in a 5-3 win at first-place Sacramento on Sunday.
Rocky Gale has one home run in 434 career professional at-bats.
Tucson Padres center fielder Daniel Robertson, making a sliding catch last week, expects to get into the Triple-A All-Star Game during the middle innings.
Over a five-month season, the Tucson Padres play 144 games and get 11 off-days. Four of those days are coming now during the Pacific Coast League's All-Star break.
Minor-league baseball teams play to win, but not for wins.