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JETHAWKS NOTEBOOK: ARE AMIGOS HEADED TO PLAY FOR EL PASO?



Byline: Gideon Rubin Staff Writer

RANCHO CUCAMONGA Rancho Cucamonga (răn`chō k'kəmäng`gə), city (1990 pop. 101,409), San Bernardino co., S Calif.  - The ``Three Amigos'' have the JetHawks on the brink of winning a first-half title. But whether they're going to be around much longer to celebrate is doubtful.

The business of clinching the title is just a formality, as the JetHawks have a three-game lead with six remaining. With this success comes speculation that the JetHawks' high-profile trio - outfielders Conor Jackson Conor Sims Jackson (nicknamed Co-Jack or Action) was born May 7, 1982 in Austin, Texas. He is a first baseman in Major League Baseball who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He bats right handed and throws right handed. He is 6'2" and roughly 225 pounds.  (El Camino Real El Camino Real (Spanish for The Royal Road or The King's Highway) was the name of a series of pre-automobile highways linking the various New World colonies of Spain:
  • There is an El Camino Real in California; see: El Camino Real (California).
 of Woodland Hills) and Carlos Quentin Carlos Quentin (born August 28, 1982 in Bellflower, California, is an outfielder who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. School years
Quentin attended Saint Pius X Elementary School (Chula Vista, California), and later, University of San Diego High School (San Diego,
 and third baseman third baseman
n. Baseball
The infielder stationed near third base.

Noun 1. third baseman - (baseball) the person who plays third base
third sacker
 Jamie D'Antona - could earn promotions.

Although Tommy Jones Tommy Jones is an American professional bowler currently on the Denny's PBA Tour (Professional Bowlers Association).

Born on November 2, 1978, Jones is a current resident of Simpsonville, South Carolina. Jones, a right-handed cranker, is one of the "hottest" pros on the tour today.
, farm director for the JetHawks' parent Arizona Diamondbacks This article is about the baseball team. For other uses, see Diamondback.
The Arizona Diamondbacks (also referred to as the D-backs) are a Major League Baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They play in the West Division of the National League.
, said Sunday that no decisions have been made, he acknowledged that the promotions are a possibility.

According to Jones, the most important reason to promote a player is to ensure that they're being adequately challenged for development purposes. Based on the numbers - the three have combined for 38 homers, 154 RBI RBI
abbr. Baseball
runs batted in

Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in
 and 224 hits - the California League's advanced Single-A pitching no longer seems to be presenting that challenge, if it ever did.

Necessity is also a factor. The Diamondbacks' underachieving Double-A El Paso (24-39) affiliate is in last place in the Texas League's Western Division, trailing first-place Round Rock by 17 games.

``Everyone realizes that the El Paso club has underperformed, so there's a lot of speculation,'' said Jones, citing Baseball America among several publications that have inquired about the Amigos' future in Lancaster.

Jones said player movement was going to be the primary topic in a meeting with the JetHawks' staff Sunday night, but he stressed ``no decision will be made until we get through the first half.''

The JetHawks conclude the half Sunday at Bakersfield.

Other factors that likely will influence player movement in the coming weeks include injuries at the major-league level and need at the organization's Triple-A Tucson (Ariz.) affiliate.

Jones said other potential promotion candidates include staff ace Clint Goocher, closer Jason Bulger and second baseman Neb Brown.

But most of the speculation revolves around the Three Amigos AMIGOS Advanced Mobile Integration in General Operating Systems , who the organization has openly said are on the fast track to Bank One Ballpark and could be wearing Diamondbacks uniforms within two years.

``You can make the case to keep them together because they're going to go to Double-A next year, but if they're able to do what everyone would want them to show now, then they could start the next year in Triple-A,'' Jones said.

Advancing some or all of the JetHawks' high-profile talents would also clear the way for their eligibility for the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League The Arizona Fall League is a minor league baseball league which operates during the fall in Arizona, United States at five spring training complexes. Structure
Each August, Major League Baseball clubs hold a position draft to determine the players who will go to Arizona.
, where five of the six players an organization sends must be at the Double-A level or higher. That issue figured in shortstop Sergio Santos' promotion last season, but players don't need to be in Double-A until Aug. 1 to be eligible for Fall League play.

Another holdup could be the June 29 California/Carolina League All-Star Game, for which teams could be announced as early as today.

``If there was going to be movement, I wouldn't want to deny anybody the opportunity to play in an all-star game,'' Jones said. ``It's a high-profile event, and it would have to be a very special situation to bypass that opportunity.''

Gideon Rubin (818)713-3607

gideon.rubin(at)dailynews.com
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Date:Jun 15, 2004
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