Rays and Bulls extend affiliation

The Tampa Bay Rays have extended their Player Development Contract with their AAA team, the Durham Bulls with three more years through the 2022 season. Next year the cooperation will enter its 23rd year. The Bulls have not known any other parent club since entering the International League.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Durham BullsThe Durham Bulls became an AAA team in 1998 after spending the previous years as an Atlanta Braves affiliate in the A-Advanced Carolina League, the years they became famous thanks to the Bull Durham movie.  The Braves’ farm team moved out of Durham Athletic Park in 1995 as that park could not handle the crowds anymore because of the popularity of the club after starring in the aforementioned movie.

“We are excited to extend our relationship with the Tampa Bay Rays,” said Capitol Broadcasting Company Vice President – Baseball Operations Mike Birling. “The Rays organization is all we have known since our jump to Triple-A 23 years ago. We are proud of the players and coaching staff who came through Durham and led us to unprecedented success on the field and in the community. We look forward to maintaining this special relationship with the Rays.”

In the past twenty-two years, the Bulls posted a 1,688-1,456 (.537) record, had eighteen winning seasons, won 14 International League South Division titles and earned 16 playoff berths, winning the 2018, 2017, 2013, 2009, 2003 and 2002 Governors’ Cup. The team also won the Triple-A National Championship in 2017 and 2009. No IL team has made more playoff appearances or won more Governors’ Cup titles or division titles since the Bulls joined the league in 1998.

We are excited to extend our relationship with the Tampa Bay Rays,” said Capitol Broadcasting Company Vice President of Baseball Operations Mike Birling. “The Rays organization is all we have known since our jump to Triple-A 23 years ago. We are proud of the players and coaching staff who came through Durham and led us to unprecedented success on the field and in the community. We look forward to maintaining this special relationship with the Rays.”

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