The Oklahoma City Dodgers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and Los Angeles Dodgers have announced an extension of their player development contract (PDC). With this extension, the two sides are now paired through at least 2018.
“Our partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers has been better than we ever imagined,” said OKC Dodgers President/General Manager Michael Byrnes. “We have had an incredible string of success both on and off the field, and we’re looking forward to continuing it through the 2018 season.”
The affiliation began in September 2014, when Oklahoma City’s Triple-A franchise was sold to Mandalay Baseball, LLC – a partnership that includes ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In 2015, the Oklahoma City Dodgers won the American Northern Division and finished with an 86-58 record, setting a new team record for most wins during the team’s PCL era. As of today, the OKC Dodgers are 62-47 this season and are in first place in the American Northern Division. Over the past two seasons, several of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top prospects have spent significant time in Oklahoma City, including shortstop Corey Seager and pitcher Julio Urias.
“Oklahoma City has been a great home to our players and we’re excited to extend our partnership with Mandalay Baseball and the OKC Dodgers’ organization,” said Los Angeles Dodgers President and CEO Stan Kasten. “It’s been a fantastic partnership, and we’re grateful for the community support we’ve received in our two seasons in Oklahoma City.”
Discussions about rebranding the team commenced soon after the ownership change, and in December 2014, the Oklahoma City RedHawks transformed to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, along with changes in team colors, logos and uniforms. The fans in Oklahoma City immediately embraced these changes and in June 2016, Minor League Baseball announced that in its inaugural season as the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the franchise finished among the top 25 of Minor League Baseball’s 160 teams in 2015 licensed merchandise sales.
We’ve been posting plenty of affiliate news so far this summer, as teams get ready for the end of the season, when new affiliate deals can be negotiated if the old ones end. Most affiliate deals end up renewed. Check out our Affiliate Dance page for the current stage of affiliate deals.