A beastly PDC extension today as the Chicago Cubs and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A Advanced, Carolina League) extended their cooperation with four more years through the 2020 season. Apparently the Cubs are very happy with the Pelicans as their A Advanced partner because it will only be the first extension of the player development contract between the two clubs as the Cubs took over from the Texas Rangers in 2015.
Of course both clubs exchanged pleasantries and Pelicans Chairman and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg was the first to do so: “We’re thrilled to extend our affiliation with the Cubs for four more years and continue our partnership with one of the most beloved and historic franchises in all of sports. We’re grateful that the Cubs have welcomed the Pelicans and the city of Myrtle Beach into their family and the player development staff, coaches and players that we’ve worked with on a daily basis the past two seasons have gone above and beyond to embrace our community and our great fans.”
In the first year of the affiliation, the Pelicans won the Carolina League title, their first since 2000 and their third overall. The title in 2000 was a repeat of the one in 1999.
“Myrtle Beach has been a great partner the past two seasons and we are pleased to extend our relationship with the organization,” said Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod. “Led by Chuck Greenberg and Andy Milovich, the Myrtle Beach front office has provided a very positive experience for our Single-A players both at the ballpark and in the community. We wish them the best of luck as they head into the postseason and aim for their second-straight Carolina League title.”
Outfielder Jason Heyward and right-handed pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Justin Grimm played with Myrtle Beach on their way up to the Majors . Outfielders Jorge Soler and Chris Denorfia also completed rehab assignments with the Pelicans in 2015.
The history of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans dates back to 1980 as the team still played in Durham as the Bulls (yes from that movie). In an orchestrated move, the A Advanced Bulls moved to Danville Virginia where they played one season as the Danville 97s, to make room for the current Durham Bulls (AAA, Tampa Bay Rays affiliate) the next season they would move to Myrtle Beach as the local stadium’s construction was finished.
The longest affiliation so far was with the Atlanta Braves, who were the parent club from 1980 through 2010.
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