Almost nobody in this town has ever driven to the ballpark lured strictly by the stature and personality of a Pacific Coast League ballplayer.

OK, sure, there were exceptions: the overnight rehab starts of J.R. Richard, Randy Johnson and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

In 44 seasons of PCL baseball, a Toro/Sidewinder/Padre has never led the league in home runs. What are the odds of that? Ron Kittle hit 50 home runs in Edmonton a lifetime ago and it transformed the franchise, selling tickets there for the next three years.

In 1984, Palo Verde and UA product Jack Howell hit .373. leading the league, pure smoke, but, alas, he played for Edmonton, too.

Read more in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star