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Saguaros bring baseball back to Tucson

Posted at 9:21 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 12:59:35-04

On Thursday night, minor league baseball returns to Tucson as the Saguaros play their first game at Kino Sports Complex. 

The Saguaros are the newest team in the Pecos League, one of five in Independent League baseball.  

Tucson's newest professional baseball team will open the season May 19th and run until late July. Games will be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Kino, while Sunday games are played at Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, Arizona. 

Managed J.D. Droddy keeps 22 players on his roster, half of which are pitchers. 

"We get guys out of college who can play well but get overlooked in the draft. We also get guys who have been in the MLB farm system and for whatever reason get released, and some of them get sent back up. So we're a first chance and a second chance league," Droddy says. 

The players are paid $400 a month and are mostly housed by host-families. 

For more information on the Tucson Saguaros, visit