December 19, 2006

Reds Extend Contract with Bats

Marc tells us that the Reds have extended their affiliation with the Bats of Louisville through 2010.

This is baseball news at the end of December.

I thinks it makes loads of sense, but selfishly I'd love to see Indianapolis get in on that deal.

3 comments to “Reds Extend Contract with Bats”

  1. BubbaFan says:

    Well, the Columbus Clippers will be disappointed. They intentionally signed a short contract with the Nationals after the Yanks dumped them, because they were hoping to hook up with the Reds when their Louisville deal expired.

    Well, there’s always Cleveland…

  2. KC2HMZ says:

    Don’t look now, BubbaFan, but those guys over there yelling “Hello!” and waving at you are the Buffalo Bisons. They’ve been Cleveland’s AAA affiliate since 1995, and their current agreement (extended for another two years this past April) runs through 2008.

    John (HMZ)
    Buffalo, NY


  3. BubbaFan says:

    I believe the deal the Nats and Clippers signed is set to expire after 2008. That date was chosen because both the Cleveland and Cincinnati Triple-A agreements were supposed to expire then, and Columbus wanted to be “available.”

    The Clippers were the Yankees’ Triple-A team for 27 years. I’m still in shock that they cut ties after so long. So many great Yankees came through there.

    There’s been a huge change this year in the northeast, with a bunch of teams playing musical affiliations. The Clippers went from the Yankees to the Nationals. The New Orleans Zephyrs went from the Nats to the Mets. The Norfolk Tides went from the Mets to the Orioles. The Ottawa Lynx went from the Orioles to the Phillies. And the Scranton Red Barons went from the Phillies to the Yankees (and are now the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees).

    The Mets were the clear losers there. They’re stuck with the Zephyrs, which is not only far away, but plays in the PCL. A big pain if they are on the west coast and they want to call up a kid. They will be trying to get an IL team that’s closer to NY as soon as possible. Ottawa will be moving to Allentown or some such place, to be closer to Philly. That’s the trend these days: having the minor league teams as close as possible. That’s why Columbus wants an Ohio team.

    Admittedly, Buffalo is pretty close to Cleveland. But jeez, where’s their buckeye pride? [img][/img]