The Anaheim Angels and the Houston Astros have extended the Player Development contract with one of their minor league affiliates.
The Angels extended their PDC with their A Full Season affiliate in the Midwest League, the Burlington Bees. The both parties are cooperating since 2013 and this time the contract has been extended through the 2018 season.
Once again, both clubs exchanged pleasantries, which is a standard procedure.
“The Los Angeles Angels are pleased to extend our relationship with the Bees and the city of Burlington,” said Angels General Manager Billy Eppler. “In Burlington, we are fortunate to have great community support in our efforts to develop the Angels of the future. The working relationship between our front office and theirs has been very positive and we are excited to move forward over the next two seasons.”
Bees GM Chuck Brockett said: “The staff and the board of directors are very excited to work with the Angels for another two seasons. We feel this is a continuation of a great partnership between the Burlington Bees and the Los Angels Angels. The Bees would like to thank Angels’ General Manager, Billy Eppler, Director of Baseball Development, Mike Gallego, as well as Angels’ Director of Minor League Operations, Mike LaCassa, and the rest of the Angels’ front office for their support over the last two seasons.” Brockett added. “We really look forward to two more years of partnership.
Burlington has a long history in professional baseball that goes back to 1889 when the team played in the Central Interstate League.
The other heavenly baseball club, the Houston Astros , extended its player development contract with their AAA affiliation in the Pacific Coast League, the Fresno Grizzlies.
The new deal will run through the 2018 season.
Astros Director of Minor League Operations Allen Rowin said: “We are excited to extend our partnership with the Fresno Grizzlies for another two years. The fans and community have embraced our players and staff and have made us feel like we are at home in Fresno. The Grizzlies ownership group has provided a great environment for us to continue the development of our players, and the front office has gone above and beyond in their efforts to make our players comfortable. We are thankful to everyone involved in our partnership and look forward to continuing to field championship teams in Fresno for the foreseeable future.”
In the 2014/2015 off season, the San Francisco Giants, who had been the parent club from the very first day, left Fresno out of the blue. The Grizzlies then signed a deal with the Astros which was greeted by the fans with a lot of scepticism. What could they expect from a team that served as the doormat of the NL and AL for several years? Well, the new partnership brought the Grizzlies the PCL championship and the overall AAA championship.
Grizzlies GM and Executive Vice President Derek Franks said: “Nearly two years ago when we first began our relationship with the Houston Astros in Fresno, we wondered aloud what the first Grizzlies championship club would mean to this community, and that dream was realized in year one. From there, the Astros have made us feel like family. Their players are great guys and our fans appreciate their efforts on the field and in the community. As we wrap up another winning season with postseason aspirations, we couldn’t be happier to extend our affiliation with the Houston Astros for two more years.”
Currently the Grizzlies are in second place of the Pacific Coast League’s Pacific Northern Division, trailing the Tacoma Rainiers by four games.