Burlington Bees extend PDC with Angels to 2020

The Burlington Bees have extended their player development contract with the Angels to 2020.  The Bees have been an Angels affiliate since 2013.

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Tacoma Rainiers extend PDC with Mariners to 2022

The Tacoma Rainiers have extended their player development contract with the Mariners to 2022.  The Rainiers have been a Mariners affiliate since 1995.  I never saw the PDC extension for the Rainiers for the last cycle, but the four year extension guarantees I won’t have any questions for the next cycle.

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Daytona Tortugas extend PDC with Reds to 2020

The Daytona Tortugas have extended their player development contract with the Reds to 2020.  The Tortugas have been a Reds affiliate since 2015.  There are only 4 PDCs at the High A level that I have listed as expiring this year and I doubt that any of those will change.

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Lynchburg Hillcats extend PDC with Indians to 2020

The Lynchburg Hillcats have extended their player development contract with the Indians to 2020.  The Hillcats have been an Indians affiliate since 2015.  With this announcement, there will be no affiliation changes in the Carolina League during this cycle.

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New Orleans Baby Cakes moving to Wichita, KS?

There are reports that the New Orleans Baby Cakes will move to Wichita, KS for the 2020 or 2021 season and New Orleans will have a AA Southern League team replacing them.  Both new teams in this scenario would play in new stadiums, but there are additional approvals that are required to make this happen.  Wichita fits the footprint of the Pacific Coast League better than New Orleans, since it is the most southeastern outlier.  And New Orleans is such a large market that it wouldn’t go without a professional baseball team.

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New Team in Madison, AL will be Rocket City Trash Pandas

The new team in Madison, AL that will begin play for the 2020 season will be known as the Rocket City Trash Pandas.  It seems like I say this every time there is a name change, but this name is terrible.  I know that minor league baseball has the reputation for zany nicknames, but it does get ridiculous.  But if this allows them to sell more merchandise, it really doesn’t matter what the name is.  I’m a traditionalist who likes the basic nicknames that were used in the past and teams that are named after the cities where they play.  I can see cases during road games where fans make comments about how their team is playing Rocket City, and how that must be the team from the moon.  Trash Pandas is a reference to Raccoons, but I wouldn’t think that any team would like having the word ‘trash’ in its name.  This is what the fan vote produced, but if you have to wonder if that’s the most effective way to come up with team names.

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Dodgers extend PDC with Tulsa, Rancho Cucamonga and Great Lakes to 2020

The Dodgers have extended their player development contracts with Tulsa, Rancho Cucamonga, and Great Lakes to 2020.  They already own Oklahoma City so while the technically could be part of this list, it wasn’t in question.  What I do find interesting from this announcement is the omission of the Ogden Raptors from the list.  Would it be reading into things too much to say that if they didn’t extend Ogden today that they aren’t planning to?

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Wilmington Blue Rocks extend PDC with Royals to 2020

The Wilmington Blue Rocks have extended their player development contract with the Royals to 2020.  The Blue Rocks have been a Royals affiliate except for a two year gap where they were a Red Sox affiliate (2005 and 2006).  It looks like the Royals and Blue Rocks are meant to be together and this pair will last a while.

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Lexington Legends extend PDC with Royals to 2020

The Lexington Legends have extended their player development contract with the Royals to 2020.  The Legends have been a Royals affiliate since 2013.  There are still 3 teams in the South Atlantic League that have yet to renew their contract.

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Potomac Nationals extend PDC with Washington to 2020

The Potomac Nationals have extended their player development contract with the Washington Nationals to 2020.  Potomac has been a Nationals affiliate since 2005 when the Expos relocated to Washington.  The team is planning to move to Fredericksburg where I would expect it to remain a Nationals affiliate since Virginia would be part of their territory.

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