Where in the West are the Portland Beavers?

They're in Tucson, Ariz., ... for now
Feb. 27, 2012 / By Steven Masters, oregonsports.com

As baseball season ramps up, the former Portland Beavers are still in transition on where to call home.

Currently, it's Tucson, Ariz.,

The former Beavers might be in Lake Elsinore, Calif., next year, but that's contingent on stadium development, and the Beavers, now the Tucson Padres, have been there before.

When Merritt Paulson bought the Beavers in 2007, he was the team's fourth owner since it moved from Albuquerque, N.M., in 2000. Paulson also bought the Portland Timbers, who quickly became the prize of the Beavers/Timbers combo originally created by Portland Family Entertainment in 2000.

As part of the Timbers move to Major League Soccer in time for the 2011 season, the Beavers became a team looking for a home, first in the Southeast Portland Lents neighborhood, then Beaverton, then Vancouver, Wash., then even to a new stadium that would be built on the site of Memorial Coliseum.

Nothing worked, so Paulson sold the team to San Diego Padres owner Jeff Moorad, who envisioned the team settling at the Lake Elsinore, located between Los Angeles and San Diego. The team would replace the Class A Storm.

Moorad moved the Beavers to Tucson temporarily as Lake Elsinore improved its stadium in time for 2013, but funding plans are on hold and Moorad may sell the team … to an owner with a new plan for where the franchise should reside.

The Tucson Padres were 65-79 last season, tied for third in the Pacific Southern Division, 23 games behind Sacramento.

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