Yesterday, two AAA farm teams announced the extension of their PDC with the parent clubs. Both PDC were extended with two years through the 2020 season.
The Louisville Bats and their parent club the Cincinnati Reds announced the extension of their PDC. The contract was set to expire after the 2018 season.
“The Reds are extremely excited to extend our partnership with the Louisville Bats,” said Reds Senior Director of Player Development Jeff Graupe. “We look forward to the challenge of returning to the International League postseason and understand the responsibility to provide improved on-field performance in 2018 in an effort to reward a tremendous fan base.”
Both teams are linked to each other since 2000 and the Bats have a 1,298-1,286 record since the two clubs joined forces.
In the eighteen years of the affiliation with Cincinnati, Louisville has won their first ever Governors’ Cup in 2001 and has reached the postseason five times (2001, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010). Reds players Joey Votto, Tucker Barnhart, Homer Bailey, Jose Peraza, Adam Duvall, Devin Mesoraco, Billy Hamilton and Eugenio Suarez are among the former Bats players currently on the Reds’ roster.
Another team that extended their PDC with the parent club was the Columbus Clippers. The PDC with the Cleveland Indians started in 2009, also the inaugural year of Huntington Park and this is the fourth extension of their cooperation.
Clippers President and GM Ken Schnacke stated: “As we begin the 10th season of both Huntington Park and our relationship with the Indians, it is very apparent that this partnership has been a ‘grand slam’ for all of us. We are so very proud of all we have accomplished together, so very proud that 19 of the 25 Indians on this year’s playoff roster came through Columbus, and we look forward to many more seasons of helping to develop the Cleveland Indians of the future.”
Since the cooperation, 133 MLB players have been sent from Columbus to Cleveland. During this time the Clippers have made the playoffs five times, have won three Governors’ Cups, and two Triple-A National Championships. In this same time period, Huntington Park has been named “Ballpark of the Year” seven times.
The history of the Louisville Bats dates back to 1966, when the team was located in Tulsa and was named Oilers. In 1977 the team moved to New Orleans and was named Pelicans. They lasted only one season in the Big Easy and moved to Springfield, IL in 1978. But also that stay did not last long as the team moved to Louisville in 1982 when the club was named Redbirds. From 1998 – 2001 the club was named RiverBats and that name was shortened to Bats in 2002.
The Clippers are located in Columbus since 1977. Since then the club had four different parent clubs. The Pittsburgh Pirates teed off in Columbus in 1977 but left after the 1979 season. The Yankees stepped in in 1980 and this was the longest affiliation for the Clippers so far as it lasted through the 2006 season. The Washington Nationals lasted two seasons (2007-2008). As mentioned before, the affliation with the Indians started in 2009.