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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Syracuse Chiefs bought by Mets, becoming Mets affiliate in 2019

The Mets have purchased the Syracuse Chiefs and will become a Mets affiliate in 2019.  This cannot happen sooner as the Nationals have a player development contract signed through 2018 and when that ends the Mets can affiliate with Syracuse.  The Mets current AAA contract with the Las Vegas 51s also expires after the 2018 season.  The Mets have been trying to move their AAA affiliate out of Las Vegas and back to the International League for years and purchasing a team is one way to guarantee it.  Las Vegas is known for having subpar facilities, so it will be interesting to see which team is the odd man out and ends up there next year.  I would expect the Nationals to push to stay in the International League and will a number of contracts that haven’t yet been renewed, it will be interesting to see how things play out.

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Carolina Mudcats purchased by Brewers

The Carolina Mudcats are now owned by the Milwaukee Brewers.  The Mudcats became a Brewers affiliate in 2017 and appear to remain one for a long time.  This continues the trend of major league teams purchasing High A franchises as half of the teams at that level are owned by their major league affiliate.  I don’t know if it because teams want to ensure that they keep a spot in that league, although many of the Florida State League teams serve as spring training homes as well, which is an additional factor.

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J. P. Crawford Philadelphia Phillies Signing – September 25, 2017

On September 25, I was able to attend the Bull Session Radio Show at Chickie and Pete’s in South Philadelphia.  The show is hosted by Dan Baker and former Phillies player Greg Luzinski and they typically have a current or former player as a guest on the show.  They advertise that the guest will sign autographs and this show’s guest was Phillies infielder J. P. Crawford.  I arrived a little early with the hope that I could get an autograph before the show started since I skipped out of work to stop by.  Unlike my previous adventure, I was able to get an autograph before the show started.  The show is broadcast live on Mondays and is a great opportunity to meet Greg Luzinski and another player.

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Rick Dempsey and Joe Orsulak Former Baltimore Orioles Signing – September 23, 2017

Prince Frederick Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Prince Frederick, MD held their 1st annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 23 and they had a number of former players signing free autographs.  They had former Orioles Rick Dempsey and Joe Orsulak, former Washington Redskins Wide Receiver Gary Clark and former Washington Capitals Craig Laughlin and Olie Kolzig.  This was a great event as they had free food and prizes, in addition to the autograph signings throughout the afternoon.  The players were able to sign for everyone there who wanted an autograph.  I highly recommend this event and hope to attend next year.

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