Hartford Yard Goats extend PDC with Rockies to 2018

The Hartford Yard Goats have extended their player development contract with the Rockies to 2018.  The Yard Goats are still working on having their stadium finished and their opening day is going to be delayed by about two months.  Despite that, I’m sure it will be a very nice facility and it looks like the Rockies would like to stay there instead of fighting for a team closer to home in the Texas League.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Pacific Association Tryouts – Feb 20-21

Occasionally, I will get messages from aspiring baseball players asking about how to tryout for a team.  I will tell them that they can contact teams and ask about open tryouts.  I received this flyer about tryouts for the independent Pacific Association and I wanted to pass that information along to anyone interested.

Tryout_Flyer

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Delmarva Shorebirds Extend PDC with Orioles to 2018

The Delmarva Shorebirds have extended their player development contract with the Orioles to 2018.  This affiliation began in 1997.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Columbus Clippers extend PDC with Indians to 2018

The Columbus Clippers have extended their player development contract with the Indians to 2018.  These two have been together since 2009.

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Birmingham Barons extend PDC with White Sox to 2020

The Birmingham Barons have extended their player development contract with the White Sox to 2020.  This was already at 2018, so this was only a two year extension.  The White Sox affiliation with Birmingham began in 1986.

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Omaha Storm Chasers extend PDC with Royals to 2018

The Omaha Storm Chasers have extended their player development contract with the Royals to 2018.  This ensures that Omaha will be a Royals affiliate for the first 50 years of the team’s existence.

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Lowell Spinners extend PDC with Red Sox to 2018

The Lowell Spinners have extended their player development contract with the Red Sox to 2018.  As there is only one NY-Penn League team in Massachusetts and it’s right next to Boston, there is no chance of this affiliation changing.

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Indianapolis Indians extend PDC with Pirates to 2020

The Indianapolis Indians have extended their player development contract with the Pirates to 2020.  Since it is the end of the season, I would expect to see a few teams renewing some of the contracts that will be expiring after the 2015 season.  I will also need to update my page to show the expiring contracts in red.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Aberdeen IronBirds vs Tri-City ValleyCats – August 8, 2015

I was able to see an Aberdeen IronBirds game for the first time in 4 years.  It’s a very nice stadium and since they were having fireworks, the game was a sellout.

I was able to get two autographs at the game from Aberdeen LF Randolph Gassaway and Tri-City P Austin Nicely.  I was surprised that there weren’t as many autograph seekers at this game as I normally see.  But at the lower levels, there aren’t as many since the players are generally more unproven.

Autographed cards of Randolph Gassaway and Austin Nicely

Autographed cards of Randolph Gassaway and Austin Nicely

The game was pretty good as Tri-City P Trent Thornton went 5 innings without giving up any walks or earned runs.  Tri-City 1B Pat Porter and 2B Brooks Marlow added home runs as the ValleyCats won 5-1.  I did see 2015 Orioles first round pick (25th overall) D. J. Stewart in this game going 2-4 with a double.

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Wilmington Blue Rocks vs Carolina Mudcats – August 1, 2015

I saw the Wilmington Blue Rocks host the Carolina Mudcats on Saturday.  I made sure to get there right as gates opened so I could get my George Brett bobblehead doll.  It’s a nice item, but I wish it wasn’t in a plain white box so I could display it while it was still in the box.

I was able to get a number of autographs at the game. I met three of the Mudcats players including 2B Reed Harper, C Joseph Odom and OF Dustin Peterson.  I also got an autograph from Blue Rocks Manager Brian Buchanan.

Autographs from Reed Harper, Joseph Odom, Brian Buchanan and Dustin Peterson

Autographs from Reed Harper, Joseph Odom, Brian Buchanan and Dustin Peterson

The game itself played out like typical Carolina League games where there aren’t a lot of offense.  The Blue Rocks put up one in the bottom of the first and the Mudcats scored three on the top of the third.  The game ended as a 3-1 Mudcats win.  Dustin Peterson had a two run double in the game, which I’m sure is because he was kind enough to sign an autograph for me beforehand.

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