The A Short-Season Auburn Doubledays (New York-Penn League) and the Washington Nationals announced the extension of their Player Development Contract with two more years.
The Doubledays, named after Abner Doubleday, the alleged inventor of the game of baseball, are linked to the Nationals since 2011.
Auburn Team President & City Manager Jeff Dygert along with General Manager Adam Winslow made the joint announcement along with Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba.
As usual, the necessary pleasantries were exchanged. “The Auburn Doubledays are pleased to announce that we have extended our Player Development Contract with the Washington Nationals,” Dygert said. “The Nationals have supported our local operations since 2011 and we look forward to two more years working with them. This extension will benefit both organizations and will help us to continue to improve our local operations.”
“The Auburn Doubledays have been a quality partner in our player development process for many years now,” Rizzo said. “We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with both the organization and the community.”
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Auburn Doubledays,” Harris said. “Auburn is often one of the first places our young players compete professionally, and their experiences with the club provide a foundation as they continue to move through our Minor League system.”
Since the start of their cooperation in 2011, former Doubledays like Wilmer Difo, Erick Fedde, Koda Glover, Spencer Kieboom, Anthony Rendon, Victor Robles, Jefry Rodriguez, Pedro Severino, Juan Soto, Andrew Stevenson, and Austin Voth have made the 40-man roster of the Nationals.
The history of the Doubledays dates back to 1958 when the team was founded and was afflilated with the New York Yankees and used the same moniker as the parent club. Since 1958 the Auburn team had a total of seven single affiliations. From 1978 through 1980 the team was a co-op team with several parent clubs.
The Doubledays will start the 2018 season tonight at home vs the Batavia Muckdogs.