Hodgetown

From BR Bullpen

Hodgetown in Amarillo, TX, is the home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Texas League farm team. The ballpark is named for former Mayor Jerry Hodge, who helped return affiliated ball to Amarillo, and for prairie dog towns - "sod poodles" being pioneer slang for the burrowing rodents.

The 2019 return of Double-A baseball to Amarillo was part of the Elmore Sports Group's simultaneous shift of three of its: the Double-A San Antonio Missions to Amarillo, the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox to San Antonio, TX, as the new San Antonio Missions, and the Rookie-Advanced Helena Brewers to Colorado Springs, CO, as the Rocky Mountain Vibes. Helena, MT, lost the game of musical chairs, leaving Kindrick Legion Field vacant.

The ballpark's walk-up view - both its structure and its sandstone coloring - evokes the false-front buildings of older western movies. Its home opener drew 7,175. Each Independence Day-celebrating game since then has brought a new house record - most recently 7,481 on July 3rd, 2022.

The new playpen lost the 2020 Texas League All-Star Game to the Coronavirus pandemic, and a commitment for the 2021 ASG died when MLB's Minor League Reorganization eliminated all of those in the minors at least that year. At least as of their 2022 campaigns, no affiliated leagues have resumed ASGs.

On August 10, 2022, Springfield Cardinal Chandler Redmond accomplished Organized Baseball's second documented home run cycle. Visiting the Sod Poodles, Redmond hit four homers with all four possible runner combinations. Only Arkansas Traveler Tyrone Horne had ever done this before, and it has still never been done in the Majors. Interestingly, both times were by St. Louis Cardinals' farmhands playing road games.

Famed U.S. Route 66 passes not far from Hodgetown. Its stretch within Amarillo includes the mile-long Route 66 Historic District on Sixth Avenue between Georgia and Western streets.

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