Except for the name of the parent club, there is nothing fishy about this extension of the Player Development Contract. I was just looking for a catchy title. 🙂
The Tampa Bay Rays and their A Full Season affiliate, the Bowling Green HotRods have extended their PDC with another two years through the 2018 season.
Both teams are affiliated since 2006 when the team was located in Columbus GA and was named the Catfish. After spending the first year in the South Atlantic League, the team moved to the Midwest League in 2010.
HotRods owner Stuart Katzoff said to be very exited partnering with the Rays. “They have been a first class organization to work with since we took over. We are all looking forward to watching more players who have worn the Hot Rods uniforms become future Tampa Bay Rays.”
“The Tampa Bay Rays are pleased to continue our working agreement with the Bowling Green Hot Rods through 2018,” stated Tampa Bay Rays Director of Minor League Operations Mitch Lukevics. “We truly value our relationship. We thank the Hot Rods Ownership and Front Office group, and the City of Bowling Green, KY for giving our players a great environment to develop their skills as aspiring Major League players.”
In total 24 players that wore the HotRods jersey, have made it to the Bigs. Two of them, Matt Moore and Alex Colome, even made it to the All Star Game.
The name HotRods refers to the many connections that Bowling Green has with the automotive and racing indurstries.
The history of the HotRods dates back to 2001 when the South Atlantic League expanded with two teams. The team was named the Wilmington Waves. But after one season the team moved to Albany GA where they named himself South Georgia Waves. Again one year later the team moved to Columbus to become te Columbus Catfish. In 2004 the team won the Sally League’s championship. Eventually after the team had moved to Bowling Green it skipped leagues and moved to the Midwest League together with the Lake County Captains.