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Albuquerque Isotopes
Founded in 2003
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Based in [[{{{present city}}}]] since [[{{{based}}} in baseball|{{{based}}}]]

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  • Albuquerque Isotopes (2003–Present)
  • Calgary Cannons (1985–2002)
  • Salt Lake City Gulls (1971–1984)
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Division titles 2003, 2009
Owner(s)/Operated by: Albuquerque Baseball Club, LLC
Manager: Tim Wallach
General Manager: John Traub

</noinclude> The Albuquerque Isotopes are a minor league baseball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team, which plays in the Pacific Coast League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Albuquerque was previously represented in the PCL as a Dodgers' affiliate by the Albuquerque Dukes, who won several PCL championships in the 1970s and 1980s before relocating to Portland, Oregon, as the Portland Beavers in 2001. The Isotopes began play in 2003 when the Calgary Cannons relocated to New Mexico.

The Isotopes' mascot is Orbit, a yellow, orange, and red alien.

Name origins

The fictional Springfield Isotopes from the long running TV series The Simpsons were the influence for the new name of the team. In the episode "Hungry, Hungry Homer", main character Homer Simpson attempts to thwart the team's plan to move to Albuquerque by going on a hunger strike. Subsequently, when an Albuquerque Tribune online survey helped the team decide its new name, "Isotopes" received 67 percent of the 120,000 votes.[1]

Though team president Ken Young admitted that the name came from the series,[2] he said at the name's unveiling, "We picked it because over the past year it has become a popular name, and it does have something to do with Albuquerque."[3] In the three months after the team's name was announced in September 2002, before the team ever took the field, the team sold more merchandise than the Albuquerque Dukes sold in any single season,[4] and led minor league baseball in merchandising revenue in 2003.[5] The team said they were able to tell when episodes featuring the Springfield Isotopes would air in different markets based on clusters of orders from different viewing areas.[4] The team has no working agreements with the Fox Broadcasting Company or The Simpsons.[6]

The "Isotopes" name is appropriate, since New Mexico has a number of well-known scientific/military facilities dealing with nuclear technology, such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), as well as hosting the Trinity test.


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  • In September 2009, Mitch Jones was named the winner of the Joe Bauman Home Run Award, for the most home runs — 35 — in all of Minor League Baseball.[7]

Cultural references

  • In the USA Network series In Plain Sight, the character Raphael Ramirez (Cristian de la Fuente) plays for the Isotopes.
  • In the AMC series Breaking Bad, which is set in Albuquerque, Walter White can be seen wearing an Isotopes hat.


  1. "Doh! Go Isotopes!", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Hearst Corporation, 13 May 2003, p. C8. Retrieved on 11 June 2007.
  2. Latta, Dennis. "Team President Throws Isotopes Name Into Play", Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Publishing Company, 5 September 2002, p. A1. Retrieved on 11 June 2007.
  3. Oakey, Steve. "To Attract Homer, Isotopes Need to Have Duff on Draft", The San Diego Union-Tribune, Copley Press, 12 September 2002, p. D2. Retrieved on 11 June 2007.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Latta, Dennis. "Isotopes Hit a Leadoff Homer at Cash Register", Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Publishing Company, 15 December 2002, p. D1. Retrieved on 11 June 2007.
  5. Ruiz, Don. "In Search of Elusive Huntington Tapes", The News Tribune, The McClatchy Company, 1 August 2004, p. C08. Retrieved on 11 June 2007.
  6. Latta, Dennis. "'Topes, Simpsons Aren't in the Mix", Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque Publishing Company, 1 February 2003, p. D8. Retrieved on 11 June 2007.
  7. Hill, Benjamin, "Jones slugs way to Bauman Award: Home run crown, first big league action mark milestone season",, Sept. 15, 2009. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2009-09-22.

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