The Boston Red Sox have extended the Player Development Contracts with two of their minor league teams. For both the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Lowell Spinners the club extended the contract through the 2020 season.
With the extension of the PDC with the PawSox, the Red Sox continue one of the longest lasting cooperations between an MLB club and an MiLB club. The cooperation between the Red Sox and their AAA affiliation began in 1973. Only the cooperation between the Kansas City Royals and the Omaha StormChasers lasts longer (since 1969).
Next to the extension of the PDC with the PawSox, the Bosox extended the cooperation with the Lowell Spinners as well. That cooperation started in 1996.
Red Sox Vice President of Player Development Ben Crockett, PawSox Executive Vice President/General Manager Dan Rea, and Spinners owner Dave Heller made the announcement together.
“All of us in the Red Sox Family are proud that this affiliation is the longest in the International League,” Rea said. “PawSox fans are Red Sox fans and Red Sox fans are PawSox fans. The PawSox organization looks forward to continuing its legacy of affordable family entertainment while preparing young stars for the bright lights of Fenway Park.”
Since the cooperation with the Red Sox started, the Spinners have finished on top of the New York-Penn League’s Stedler Division three times.
“We are proud to extend our relationship with the Boston Red Sox who have been an integral part of our family for the last 22 years and counting!” said Heller. “Fans throughout Red Sox nation know Lowell as a place where many Red Sox greats have begun their professional careers and with key additions and renovations to our ballpark over the past several years and years to come, we look forward to continuing our relationship as a member of one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball!”
Since 1973, the PawSox have won the Governors Cup four times: 1973, 1984, 2012 and 2014.