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Fuego manager Bill Rogan stands with his team for the national anthem for a June 1 game at Fort Marcy Ballpark against Roswell. Rogan, in his second year with the team, expressed frustration toward Santa Fe’s mayor over field conditions, and he refuses to wear this season’s baseball cap because it includes a logo from the team’s sponsor, Best Daze Cannabis Dispensary. During games, he wears last season’s cap.

After watching two of his infielders take bad-hop grounders off their chests during a recent game at Fort Marcy Ballpark, Santa Fe Fuego manager Bill Rogan finally boiled over. He’d seen it too many times.

“I yelled up to the press box area as loud as I could, ‘Fix the field,’ And then I yelled, ‘Tell Mayor Webber to fix the field,’ just to no one in particular, but up to the press box,” Rogan said. “I was just so frustrated. Had nothing to do with the score.”

The Fuego committed five errors and lost that night to Colorado Springs, 25-9. It was a rare hiccup for a team that is playing as well as it has at any point in its history in the independent Pecos League. Entering this weekend, the Fuego had the second-best record at 9-4 in the Mountain Division with a number of players enjoying all-star-type seasons.

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Fuego manager Bill Rogan is introduced before the June 4 home opener against the Roswell Invaders at Fort Marcy Ballpark.

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Santa Fe Fuego players listen to manager Bill Rogan in June of last year after receiving their jerseys and caps at Fort Marcy Ballpark.

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