And the PDC news keeps coming. This time it is the Angels, who are announcing the extension of a player development contract.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have extended the PDC with their A Advanced affiliate in the California League, the Inland Empire 66ers, with two years through the 2018 season.
Angels General Manager Billy Appler said that “the Los Angeles Angels and the Inland Empire 66ers have developed a strong relationship that we are excited to build on over the coming years. The San Bernardino community and the 66ers front office show incredible support for our players at an important step in their development.”
Both teams are linked to each other since 2010, when the Dodgers jumped ships to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the former A Advanced farm team of the Angels.
66ers GM Joe Hudson continued with exchanging pleasantries by saying that “there are a multitude of reasons that make this partnership so successful. Topping the list of those factors is the San Manuel Stadium facility and proximity to the parent club. We couldn’t be prouder to continue working with a top-class organization like the Angels,” Hudson said. “Our front doors are less than 50 miles from each other and that gives the big club a nearby base for player evaluation and assignments. Furthermore, San Manuel Stadium has a top notch playing surface, clubhouse facility and fan base that makes this a great place for our partnership with the Angels. We very much appreciate our relationship.”
The history of the Inland Empire 66ers dates back to 1989 when the Fresno Suns moved to Salinas to become the Salinas Spurs. The Spurs would only last four seasons in Salinas. In 1993 the team moved to San Bernadino where it adopted the name Spirit (bought from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, who had moved from San Bernadino). In 1996, the Spurs became the Stampede. And in 2003 the team adopted its current name.
The name of the 66ers refer to Route 66, which runs through San Bernadino. The 66ers play in San Manuel Stadium, formerly known as San Bernadino Stadium.