Hagerstown Suns extend PDC with Nationals to 2020

The Hagerstown Suns have extended their player development contract with the Nationals to 2020.  The Suns have been a Nationals affiliate since 2007.  Despite the failing efforts of finding a new stadium for this team, the Nationals enjoy the proximity to Hagerstown with this deal.

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Quad Cities River Bandits extend PDC with Astros to 2020

The Quad Cities River Bandits have extended their player development contract with the Astros to 2020.  The River Bandits have been an Astros affiliate since 2013 and were also the Astros affiliate from 1993-1998.  There are still a number of unrenewed contracts at the Low A level, so even though there weren’t any affiliation changes after the 2016 season, we’ll see if that changes for this cycle.

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Idaho Falls Chukars extend PDC with Royals to 2020

The Idaho Falls Chukars have extended their player development contract with the Royals to 2020.  The Chukars have been a Royals affiliate since 2004.  Coincidentally, that was the last time that a team changed affiliates in the Pioneer League, although there have been teams relocating during that time.  Currently there are four Pioneer League teams that haven’t extended their player development contracts and Helena will be moving to Colorado Springs, so we’ll see if that streak of no affiliate changes can continue.

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Tri-City ValleyCats extend PDC with Astros to 2020

The Tri-City ValleyCats have extended their player development contract with the Astros to 2020.  The ValleyCats have been an Astros affiliate since 2002.  This leaves Batavia as the only team in the NY-Penn League that hasn’t announced a PDC renewal.

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Lake County Captains extend PDC with Indians to 2020

The Lake County Captains have extended their player development contract with the Indians to 2020.  The Captains have been an Indians affiliate since their inception in 2003.

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Mobile BayBears extend PDC with Angels to 2022

The Mobile BayBears have extended their player development contract with the Angels to 2022.  The significance here is that the BayBears will be moving to Madison, AL for the 2020 season and the team will play as an Angels affiliate for at least its first three seasons.  I was thinking that the Angels may prefer to be in the Texas League, but the new facility is a better option for them.

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Upcoming Ballpark Trip!

In trying to complete my quest of visiting every major and minor league ballpark, I set a smaller goal of seeing the closest stadium that I have yet to see each season.  I’m actually a few seasons behind on that, but I’m working on catching up.  I was able to make some free time and I plan on seeing some games next week.  I will be doing a lot of driving, but I always enjoy the road trip.

Here is my plan:

Tuesday, August 28 – Hagerstown Suns at West Virginia Power 7:05

Wednesday, August 29 – Augusta GreenJackets at Lexington Legends 1:05

Wednesday, August 29 – West Michigan Whitecaps at Dayton Dragons 7:05

The West Virginia Power are now my closest team to see, so I had to include a game there.  But I also saw the afternoon game in Lexington, so I had to combine the two.  The tough part was adding the third game because Lexington and Dayton are about two hours apart and if I assume a game takes three hours, I would have a three hour window to make the trip.  It looks like I have an hour buffer, so hopefully I won’t have any issues, even though I do like to get to the game about an hour before it starts.  But three games in two days should be fun.  And if I can complete this, I can finally break the halfway point for teams seen.

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Visalia Rawhide extend PDC with Diamondbacks to 2020

The Visalia Rawhide have extended their player development contract with the Diamondbacks to 2020.  The Rawhide have been a Diamondbacks affiliate since 2007.  There are three California League teams that haven’t renewed yet, but I would be surprised if any of those changed affiliates.

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Pawtucket Red Sox moving to Worcester, MA for 2021 season

This has been rumored for a while, but the Pawtucket Red Sox will be moving to Worcester, MA for the 2021 season.  A new stadium will be built in Worcester and the team will play in Pawtucket for the next two seasons while that is happening.  The Red Sox have had an affiliate in Pawtucket since 1970 when their AA Eastern League team relocated from Pittsfield, MA and the made Pawtucket their AAA International League affiliate in 1973.

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Erie SeaWolves extend PDC with Tigers to 2020

The Erie SeaWolves have extended their player development contract with the Tigers to 2020.  This was the last remaining affiliation extension, so their won’t be any changes to the Eastern League’s affiliations this cycle, just as there weren’t any changes for the 2017 season.

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