Idaho Falls Chukars

Idaho Falls Chukars
Founded in 1940
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Team logo
Minor league affiliations
ClassIndependent (from 2021)
Previous classes
LeaguePioneer League (1940–1942, 1946–present)
DivisionNorth Division
Major league affiliations
TeamIndependent (from 2021)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (8)
  • 1952
  • 1963
  • 1970
  • 1974
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2013
  • 2019
Division titles (8)
  • 1978
  • 1982
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2013
  • 2019
Team data
NameIdaho Falls Chukars (2004–present)
Previous names
  • Idaho Falls Padres (2000–2003)
  • Idaho Falls Braves (1993–1999)
  • Idaho Falls Gems (1992)
  • Idaho Falls Braves (1986–1991)
  • Idaho Falls Eagles (1985)
  • Idaho Falls A's (1982–1984)
  • Idaho Falls Angels (1966–1981)
  • Idaho Falls Yankees (1962–1965)
  • Idaho Falls Russets (1940–1942, 1946–1961)
ColorsBurgundy, silver, black[1]
     
MascotCharlie the Chukar
BallparkMelaleuca Field (2007–present)
Previous parks
McDermott Field (1978–2006)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Elmore Sports Group
General ManagerKevin Greene
ManagerTBD

The Idaho Falls Chukars are an independent baseball team of the Pioneer League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball (MLB) but is an MLB Partner League. They are located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and play their home games at Melaleuca Field.

They adopted the name the Chukars following a fan vote when the major league affiliation changed after the 2003 season. A chukar is a game bird found in the region.[2] The Chukars are the only professional sports team in Eastern Idaho.

In conjunction with a contraction of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Pioneer League, of which the Chukars have been members since 1940, was converted from an MLB-affiliated Rookie Advanced league to an independent baseball league and granted status as an MLB Partner League, with Idaho Falls continuing as members.[3]

  1. ^ "Chukars Proudly Release New Logo". IFChukars.com. MLB Advanced Media. November 18, 2003. Archived from the original on January 4, 2004. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  2. ^ Hill, Benjamin (July 14, 2017). "On the Road: Idaho Falls' 'Mother Chukar'". MiLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  3. ^ "Pioneer League named MLB Partner League". Baseball America. November 30, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2020.

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