Major League Baseball’s work stoppage hasn’t impacted the Las Vegas Aviators’ preparation for the upcoming season.
Aviators president Don Logan said the team is on track for its 2022 season and looks forward to a return to normalcy. After a successful first season at the Las Vegas Ballpark in 2019, the Aviators were unable to build on that success when the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19.
Last season brought a 130-game campaign that started a month later than the normal Triple-A season. With no capacity restrictions through 2022, Logan said he hopes the Aviators can have an uninterrupted season.
Upon the fans’ return, Logan said that they would once again experience a special environment for fans.
“We built the facility with the fans in mind, and the fans have responded really well,” Logan said. “We’re just going to keep doing things the right way and letting people know what we’re doing and having fun.”
Along with the baseball field’s many features, such as the outdoor pool, a wide range of food and beverage options, and giveaway parties, Logan knows the importance of putting a competitive team on the field. He said the Aviators and their parent club, the Oakland Athletics, have developed a productive relationship.
“At the end of the day, the focus is on the players,” Logan said. “One of the benefits of being an A affiliate is that it’s not an organization that spends a lot of money on free agents. They draft and develop their players. So we’ll always have a group of players very competitive here.
The Aviators finished 2021 with a 62-58 record and in third place in the West Division standings of the new Triple-A West. Las Vegas kicks off its 2022 season at the Las Vegas Ballpark on April 5 with a six-game homestand against the Reno Aces.