Another blog post about a PDC extension. Yes it’s that time of the year again.
The Quad Cities RiverBandits (A Full Season, Midwest League) and the Houston Astros have extended their cooperation for two more years, through 2018.
The Quad Cities is a region of four counties in northwest Illinois and Southeastern Iowa.The urban core consists of five principal cities: Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois. The team itself is located in Davenport.
The cooperation between the RiverBandits and the Astros started in 2013. The affiliation of the Quad Cities with MLB clubs goes back to 1936 when the Brooklyn Dodgers were the parent club. There are a few gaps during the course of time in which there was no affilated baseball in the region, but since 1960 this reagion has been linked to a major league club continuously. The longest tenure with an MLB club was the one with the California Angels, which lasted form 1962 through 1978.
The teams held a joint press conference on Tuesday which was led by RiverBandits owner Dave Heller and Astros GM Jeff Luhnow.
Dave Heller started to exchange the pleasantries by saying that “the Astros are a first-rate organization from top to bottom, and we at the River Bandits are delighted to continue our relationship with them. They’ve consistently delivered championship level clubs and star players to the Quad Cities, and they are committed to player development. They’ve been great partners, and they are building a loyal following here in the Quad Cities. We are excited to extend our affiliation with them for another two years.”
Jeff Luhnow followed with: “The Houston Astros and Quad Cities River Bandits have formed a strong partnership that we are excited to continue for years to come. Our players and staff benefit from their time in Quad Cities, and we will continue to strive to field competitive teams year in and year out.”
The RiverBandits show that the Astros has some nice talent in their organization as the team is the midst of a play off race for the third time during their four year stint with the Houston based club.