The last few weeks this blog has reported about several extensions of Player Development Contracts. Today there is another one.
The Cleveland Indians and the Columbus Clippers (AAA, International League winner of 2015) announced that they have extended their PDC through the 2018 season.
This season the Clippers won the championship of the Intenrational League, a.k.a. the Govenor’s Cup. The team moved on to the National AAA championship game vs the Fresno Grizzlies but stayed on the wrong side of the score.
Nevertheless, the near future for the Indians looks bright with their AAA farm team winning the league title.
Of course the both teams exchanged the necessary courtesy:
“We are delighted to take this opportunity to add two more years to our relationship with the Cleveland Indians, taking us contractually through the 2018 season, at which time will mean we have been together for ten seasons since we moved to Huntington Park,” said Ken Schnacke, Clippers President & GM. “Everything about this relationship has been a grand slam; for the fans, for both franchises, and for both cities. We look forward to continuing this relationship and to seeing the Indians win a World Series Championship sometime in the near future.”
“The Indians are extremely excited to extend our relationship with the Columbus Clippers,” said Chris Antonetti, Indians President, Baseball Operations. “The resources their front office staff provides is always first-class, in addition to the state-of-the-art facility and passionate fan base. We look forward to the continued success of our partnership.”
“The Clippers create a Major League environment in Triple-A,” Carter Hawkins, Indians Director, Player Development. “Our players and staff love playing in Columbus and we can’t think of a better setting to develop our players as they make their transition to Cleveland. We could not be happier to extend our partnership and look forward to many more outstanding seasons at Huntington Park.”
The cooperation between the two clubs started in 2009 and this is the third extension ever since.
Since 2009, the Clippers have sent 112 players to the Indians. Since the cooperation the Clippers won three Govener’s Cups and two National Championships.