The Amarillo Sod Poodles, of the Texas League and briefly in Double-A Central, took their nickname from pioneer slang for prairie dogs. The Arizona Diamondbacks farmhands play their home games at Hodgetown in Amarillo, TX.
Their 2019 debut revived an affiliated baseball history that spanned 43 seasons between 1922 and 1982 - successfully, as they won the TL title. They were the first affiliated team to play in Amarillo since the Amarillo Giants left town following the 1974 season; in the interim, a number of independent teams had played in the city.
The franchise was part of a three-team move by Elmore Sports Group that shifted the San Antonio Missions to Amarillo, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox to San Antonio, TX, and the Helena Brewers to Colorado Springs, CO. The Amarillo-bound club left its brand in San Antone but brought along its affiliation with the San Diego Padres. That would last just one season; after the Coronavirus pandemic killed the 2020 campaign, MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization knocked the Alamo City back to Double-A with the Padres' affiliation. As a result, the Diamondbacks came rattling into Amarillo with their Double-A players for the Sod Poodles.
The Poodles play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as "Pointy Boots de Amarillo". The actual Spanish translation would be Botas Puntiagudas de Amarillo, but the club uses the English words because the moniker salutes locally popular footwear that originated in North-Central Mexico.