Hartford Yard Goats extend PDC with Rockies to 2020

The Hartford Yard Goats have extended their player development contract with the Rockies to 2020.  It would definitely have been a shame if this wasn’t renewed because the Rockies went through a year of having their AA affiliate as a road team, so now they can reap the benefit of the brand new facility.  I plan on making a visit to see the Yard Goats in 2018.

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Tampa Yankees Change Name to Tampa Tarpons

The Tampa Yankees have changed their name to the Tampa Tarpons.  This is another instance where the minor league team is trying to create its own identity.  In this instance, they decided to go back to the nickname that was used for the Tampa team from 1957-1987 before it became a Yankees affiliate.

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Gwinnett Braves Change Name To Gwinnett Stripers

The Gwinnett Braves have changed their name to the Gwinnett Stripers.  There are few teams that share their nickname with that of their major league affiliation because it limits the marketing opportunities.  Gwinnett decided that they would be better served to have their own identity.

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Durham Bulls extend PDC with Rays to 2020

The Durham Bulls have extended their player development contract with the Rays to 2020.  They have been a Rays affiliate since they joined the league in 1998, so this extension isn’t a surprise.

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Louisville Bats extend PDC with Reds to 2020

The Louisville Bats have extended their player development contract with the Reds to 2020.  The Bats have been a Reds affiliate since 2000.

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Columbus Clippers extend PDC with Indians to 2020

The Columbus Clippers have extended their player development contract with the Indians to 2020.  The Clippers have been an Indians affiliate since 2009.

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Bowling Green Hot Rods extend PDC with Rays to 2020

The Bowling Green Hot Rods have extended their player development contract with the Rays to 2020.  The Hot Rods became a Rays affiliate in their inaugural season of 2009 in the South Atlantic League, before transferring to the Midwest League the following year.

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Augusta GreenJackets extend PDC with Giants to 2020

The Augusta GreenJackets have extended their player development contract with the Giants to 2020.  I’m sure the Giants are glad to maintain their stay with the brand new stadium next season.  This is extending the affiliation that has been in place since 2005.

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Hudson Valley Renegades extend PDC with Rays to 2020

The Hudson Valley Renegades have extended their player development contract with the Rays to 2020.  Hudson Valley became a Devil Rays affiliate in 1997, the season before Tampa Bay started in the major leagues.

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Hickory Crawdads bought by Rangers

The Hickory Crawdads have been purchase by the Texas Rangers.  The Rangers now own both of their North Carolina minor league affiliates, with the other being the Down East Wood Ducks of the Carolina League.  I’m sure this decision was helped by the fact that these two affiliates are fairly close to each other.  The Rangers are showing that they want stability in their minor league affiliates which is a going trend in baseball today.

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