The San Antonio Missions baseball team opens its 2019 season on the road tonight in Oklahoma City.
This is the Missions’ first season in Triple-A. The team is now a farm club of the Milwaukee Brewers.
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The Missions’ first home game is April 9 at Wolff Stadium.
The Missions are coming off a stretch as the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
“It should be better baseball – fewer mistakes, both mental and physical mistakes,” new Missions manager Rick Sweet said. “You’ll see older guys come through here.
“It’s a different ballgame here at times mostly because of the older players, veteran players.”
The Brewers’ Triple-A team moved to San Antonio from Colorado Springs. That leads to warmer weather at the beginning of the season and, of course, hotter weather late in the year.
“We’re very happy to be here,” Sweet said. “I’ve been in the game 45 years and I’ve never got to spend an extended time in Texas. I hear everything is bigger and better here so I’m looking forward to it.”
One of the biggest differences between Double-A and Triple-A is that as you go the next step up, you are only one step away from playing in the major leagues. Players can potentially be at Wolff Stadium one day and wearing a Milwaukee Brewers uniform the next.
“You’ll see guys with major league experience that have major league expectations,” Sweet said. “Once you get to Triple-A you’re this far away, you’re a hair away from that phone call.
“When you’re this close in Triple-A, it happens all the time.”