Two Southern Californian MLB clubs have extended their Player Development Contract with one of their Minor League affiliates.
Starting with the most Southern of the two, the San Diego Padres. The Friars have extended the PDC with their A Short Season team, the Tri-City Dust Devils.
The cooperation between the two clubs began in 2015 and in that season the Dust Devils won the Northern Division championship of the Northwest League.
Once again some pleasantries were exchanged.
Padres’ Executive Vice President and GM A.J. Peller said the following about the cooperation between the two clubs: “The Tri-City Dust Devils organization, under the leadership of Brent Miles and Derrel Ebert, has been a great partner for the last two seasons, and we look forward to continuing our relationship. Tri-City provides an important environment for players to acclimate to the Padres organization, especially given the influx of young talent into our player development system.”
“The Padres have been a fantastic partner for the Dust Devils, on and off the field,” said Dust Devils President Brent Miles. “They have generously supported our local community through programs such as Home Runs for Kids and First Responders Night.
Dust Devils Vice President-General Manager Derrel Ebert added, “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with the Padres. They have been a first class organization throughout our partnership and we look forward to many more successful years together.”
Padres president and CEO Mike Dee thanked the Tri-City community, the Dust Devils booster club and the host families that give the players a roof above their head. He stated that he was looking forward to the next two seasons and beyond.
Oh, the PDC was extended through the 2018 season, which may not come as a surprise.
The other MLB club that extended a PDC is about 2.5 hours up North from San Diego.
The Dodgers signed an extension with their A Advanced team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
The Quakes joined the Dodgers organization in 2011 when the Dodgers grasped the club away before the Angels could sign an extension. Since then the Quakes have celebrated one California League championship in 2015.
Quakes managing partner Bobby Brett said “The Dodgers are a historic franchise in Major League baseball and the Quakes are proud to continue our partnership with them.”
“We are extremely happy to continue our partnership with the Quakes for two more years,” said Director, Player Development Gabe Kapler, who has been very busy signing all these PDC extensions with the Dodgers’ farm teams at several levels lately. “Grant, Brent, their staff, the city of Rancho Cucamonga and Quakes fans work together to create an atmosphere and environment that helps our players develop every day. We are confident that our affiliation will continue to produce outstanding Dodgers player for years to come.”
“The last six years have been great and we’re excited to continue our partnership with the Dodgers,” said Quakes Vice President/General Manager Grant Riddle. “From the Exhibition Game to last year’s Cal League Championship Team, the partnership has left our fans with many great memories. Our fans love being able to enjoy watching the top talent in the Dodgers’ minor league system on their way to Los Angeles. And with so many rehabbing players that the Dodgers have sent to LoanMart Field over the last six years, it’s really been a treat for our fans.”
The choice of the Dodgers to extend the PDC with the Quakes is understandable as the Quakes play in one of the best looking ballparks in Minor League Baseball.
The Epicenter or Loanmart Field as it is called now is a very well maintained ballpark that is over twenty years old.
The Epicenter/ Loanmart Field (photos: Dutchbaseballhangout.wordpress.com)
Several players have called Rancho Cucamonga home: Corey Seager and Clayton Kershaw (rehab) to name a few.
The history of the club dates back to 1946 when the team was located in Visalia. In 1963 the team moved to Salinas where it stayed only three seasons before moving to Lodi in 1966. Twenty years later the team moved to San Bernadino County for one season before it moved to San Bernadino. In 1993 the team moved to Rancho Cucamonga.