The Colorado Rockies have extended the player development contract with their AAA affiliate Albuquerque Isotopes with two more years. The current contract will expire in 2018 so the new deal will link the two through the 2020 season.
The two clubs are in the third year of the cooperation that was signed in 2015.
“The Isotopes are thrilled to remain affiliated with the Rockies,” Isotopes Vice President and General Manager John Traub stated. “The partnership between our two organizations works on many levels, starting with the strong relationships we have forged with Dick Monfort, Jeff Bridich, Zach Wilson and the entire Rockies organization. The Rockies are a class act and we’re proud to be associated with them.”
Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich stated: “A few years ago we were extremely excited to have a new Triple-A home and start a new relationship with a well-respected Isotopes organization.” “As time has passed we have come to greatly appreciate not only the Isotopes front office and fans, but the city of Albuquerque as well. Bridich added, “And now on the doorstep of our PDC extension, we are thrilled to look toward our future seasons in Albuquerque as we hopefully strengthen our ties to the city and its Isotopes and Rockies fans.”
The history of the Isotopes dates back to 1971 when the team played in Salt Lake City as the Salt Lake Gulls. The team played in Salt Lake City through the 1984 season as it moved to Calgary in 1985, where it played as the Cannons. In 2003 the team would move to Albuquerque where the team adopted the name Isotopes. The name Isotopes was derived from an episode of the Simpsons, in which Homer Simpson’s favorite baseball team, the Springfield Isotopes, moved to Albuquerque. In the ballpark of the Isotopes are several items that remind us of that episode of the Simpsons, “Hungry hungry Homer”.
The Isotopes had two parent clubs before the Rockies came to town. From their inaugural season 2003 through the 2008 season, the Florida Marlins were the parent club. And from 2009 through 2014, the Dodgers had a PDC with the Isotopes.