Last Sunday was the deadline for clubs to sign a player development extension. Just in time two MLB clubs signed an extension with their affiliation.
The San Diego Padres signed a two year extension with the San Antonio Missions. The new contract will run through the 2018 season. The Missions (AA, Texas League) are a Padres affiliate since 2007, when the team won the Texas League title right away.
Padres Executive Vice President /General Manager A.J. Preller started the exchange of pleasantries: “Playing in San Antonio against the challenging competition of the Texas League provides an invaluable baseball foundation. The Missions have a history of success, and we are excited to continue our partnership with such a strong organization.”
A lot of current Padres have played for the San Antonio Missions: Leonel Campos , Kevin Quackenbush, Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski.
The Missions play in Nelson Wolfe Stadium, but it is expected that the team will move elsewhere to make room for the AAA affiliation of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Colorado Springs SkySox.
The Los Angeles Dodgers also signed a two year extension. In their case it was the Ogden Raptors that they binded through the 2018 season.
Raptors President Dave Baggott explained in a press statement.“We’re happy to extend our partnership with the Dodgers for another two years and are proud to be the longest running affiliate in the Los Angeles organization.”
The partnership between the Dodgers and the Raptors started in 2003. This year the Raptors made the play offs but fell to the Orem Owlz in three games of the semi final of the Pioneer League.
Several MLB players have played with the Raptors: Kenley Janssen, Prince Fielder, Chad Billingsley, Nathan Eovaldi, Dee Gordon, Russel Martin and Corey Hart to name a few.
In the past season, Dutch pitcher Misja Harcksen played for the team.
The Raptors are playing in beautifully located Linquist Field.