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OKLAHOMA CITY – Since becoming the Oklahoma City Dodgers by a new affiliation with the Los Angeles baseball organization two years ago, the local Dodgers haven’t known any place but first in the American North Division of the Pacific Coast League. With 17 games remaining this season, it looks like OKC will be unable to defend the division crown it has held the past two years.

The local guys (66-58) are six games behind Colorado Springs, the division leaders with a 71-51 record. This weekend, the Dodgers travel to Colorado Springs for a four-game series beginning Saturday. Sweep all four games, and they’re within striking distance of taking their third straight division title. Winning three in the set would be positive with a dozen games remaining after the series. A split would get OKC nowhere, and a loss in the series could put the Sky Sox in the driver’s seat down the stretch.

Colorado Springs has won all three of the previous series this year, taking three of four games each time.

The Sox have the fourth-best batting team in the PCL hitting .289 and third with 675 RBI. Oklahoma City has struggled near the bottom of the league with a .262 batting average and 10th with 559 RBI. With 135 home runs, the Dodgers have 23 more than Colorado Springs.

OKC has had the better pitching staff—currently 10th with a 4.07 ERA while the Sox are last with a 4.60 ERA. The Dodgers lead the league with 1,139 strikeouts while the Sox are 13th in the 16-team league with 899. OKC is second with a 1.31 WHIP, and the Sox are sixth at 1.43.

The Sox have lost three straight (not counting tonight’s game against Iowa) games and seven of the last 10. OKC’s 4-3 win over Omaha Thursday night snapped a three-game losing streak.

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame moving to the Brick

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame is moving from its current location at 4040 North Lincoln Blvd. and to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark next year. The museum will move into the former Coach’s restaurant space located at the northwest corner of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark along South Mickey Mantle Drive. The new location will provide more than 10,000 square feet that will overlook the Brick’s baseball field. The move will have a higher traffic of exposure than compared to the current location in northeast Oklahoma City.

“We believe this partnership provides a perfect fit for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma City Dodgers,” OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes said. “Having the museum housed at the ballpark in the heart of Bricktown will add another great destination to visit in the Bricktown District. The location will offer Bricktown guests a unique sports destination to visit and will also provide added value for our fans coming out to our games at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.”

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame annually hosts award ceremonies for the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the best defensive back in college football, the Warren Spahn Award, presented to the top left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball, as well as for inductees to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

 “The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame is excited to partner with the OKC Dodgers to relocate the Hall of Fame to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark,” President of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Eddie Griffin said. “This is a great opportunity to continue preserving Oklahoma’s rich sports history with the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Bricktown. We are looking forward to a great partnership that will promote pride in Oklahoma.”

 As part of the partnership, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame will renovate the former restaurant space after the Dodgers’ season ends with the goal of opening its doors next spring."

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