After the Philadelphia Phillies extended their player development contract with their A Full Season affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws, it was time to extend the PDC with their A Short Season affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters. While the extension with the BlueClaws was for a period of four years, the extesion with the Crosscutters is for the standard amount of time: two years (through the 2018 season).
The announcement of the extension was made at the Crosscutters ballpark, BB&T Park, prior to their game vs the Brooklyn Cyclones (a 1-0 win for Brooklyn).
Crosscutters owner Peter Freund led off the exchange of pleasantries with the following statement: “For the past decade, the Phillies have been an outstanding partner for us in Williamsport with tremendous organizational support from top to bottom. We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to remain part of the Phillies family and look forward to continuing our success together both on and off the field.”
The two clubs are cooperating since 2007. Thirty players that played for the Crosscutters made it to the Majors. Current Phillies who called Williamsport home are LHP Adam Morgan, RHP Hector Neris, RHP Edubray Ramos, C Cameron Rupp, 3B Maikel Franco, INF Freddy Galvis, INF Cesar Hernandez, OF Cody Asche, 1B Darin Ruf & OF Aaron Altherr.
Phillies Director of Player Development Joe Jordon stated that the Phillies were extremely excited to extend the PDC with the Crosscutters. “The ownership group, front office and city of Williamsport continue to be extremely important in the development of our young players”, said Jordon
The Crosscutters signed a new deal that will extend the stadium lease through the 2020 season, earlier this year. BB&T Park is the second oldest ballpark in the USA. Officially it is called BB&T Park at historic Bowman Field.
The history of the Crosscutters dates back to 1958 as the team played in Geneva NY as the
Geneva Redlegs (affiliation of the Cincinnati Redlegs). Through the years the team had several name changes that came together with affiliation changes. From 1977 through 1993 the team was affiliated with and called after the Cubs. After the club moved to Williamsport in 1994 it was called Williamsport Cubs until 1999 when the team adopted the current name. In that year the Crosscutters became a Pirates affiliate. That relation ship lasted through the 2006 season.
Since this is a blog (mainly) about Dutch baseball, Aruban outfielder Jiandido Tromp also played for the Williamsport Crosscutters. In 2013 and 2014 he played a total of 102 games for the Phillies affiliate. In 366 at bats, he collected 101 basehits (.276) with 25 doubles, 5 triples and 15 homeruns.