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Improvements to missions, additions to Wolff Stadium

SAN ANTONIO – The Missions have called Nelson Wolff Stadium home since 1994, when they left VJ Keefe Field at St. Mary’s University.

Since then, Wolff Stadium has gone through a series of upgrades, including updates to the batting cages, clubhouse, and more as missions have leveled up to Triple-A for a season.

Now, Missions welcome some much-needed changes, including replacing the padding on the pitch walls and adding a video-only scoreboard. The Double-A missions will also add a cantina on the first base side of the stadium.

“We are thrilled because our specimen was about 15 years old and quite beautiful,” said Mission President Burl Yarbrough. “The entire scoreboard will now be video and it’s something you would see in newer stadiums and it was something we were missing.”

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On Saturday afternoon, the Missions released their break camp roster as MLB Spring Training wraps up in two days. The list includes two of the San Diego Padres’ top 30 candidates and 13 former missions returning to San Antonio. Former Missions shortstop CJ Abrams has been great at the Padres camp so far and could be on their Opening Day list this week, according to AJ Cassavell. Left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore is not on the current list of missions and has done well in spring practice. Gore has played to earn a spot in the Padres’ pitching rotation. However, the Padres made a trade with the Oakland A’s Sunday for left-hander Sean Manaea.

“Every year it’s exciting as we get closer,” Yarbrough said. “We’re back in the Texas League and every season is special and we look forward to this one too.”

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This will be the 120th season for Missions Ballclub. Mission Manager Phillip Wellman and selected players will address the media on Wednesday afternoon.

The Missions open the season with a three-game road trip at the Corpus Christi Hooks starting Friday. San Antonio will host their home game on Tuesday, April 12 when they begin a six-game homestand against the Frisco RoughRiders.

MORE: Action timetable missions 2022

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