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Ogden, Dodgers extend player-development contract through 2016

In a surprisingly low-key fashion — no press releases, no big announcements — the Ogden Raptors (rookie; Pioneer League) and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their player development contract (PDC) through 2016. The pair have been affiliated since the 2003 season. Tommy Lasorda, who managed a former Ogden team affiliated with the Dodgers in 1966–68, […]

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Royals extend PDCs with four affiliates

The Kansas City Royals extended player-development contracts (PDCs) with the Wilmington Blue Rocks (High Class A; Carolina League), Lexington Legends (Low Class A; Sally League), Idaho Falls Chukars (rookie; Pioneer League) and Burlington Royals (rookie; Appalachian League). The Burlington, Idaho Falls and Wilmington PDCs are two-year extensions through 2016, and the Lexington extension is through […]

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Helena, Brewers extend player-development contract through 2018

The Helena Brewers (rookie; Pioneer League) and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their player-development contract (PDC) through the 2018 season. It was set to expire this season. “Our affiliation with the Helena Brewers has been very positive and we’re excited to extend our player development contract with the franchise,” said Brewers Vice President-Assistant General Manager Gord […]

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A baseball lifer: Matt Ellis

One of the best things about working in the baseball industry: hearing about baseball lifers. Here’s an interview with baseball lifer Matt Ellis, executive VP of the Missoula Osprey (rookie; Pioneer League). The Ellis family moved the team from Lethbridge to Missoula, working for years on a ballpark plan that eventually led to the construction […]

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Osprey, D-Backs extend PDC to 2020

The Missoula Osprey (rookie; Pioneer League) and the Arizona Diamondbacks extended their player development contract (PDC) for four more years, through the end of the 2020 season. The current agreement is set to expire at the end of the 2016 season. This affiliation relationship is the second longest current consecutive tenure in the Pioneer League […]

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Grand Junction Rockies receive inaugural John Henry Moss Community Service Award

More awards: The Grand Junction Rockies (rookie; Pioneer League) are the winners of the first John Henry Moss Community Service Award for their ongoing commitment to charitable service and their support and leadership within the Grand Junction community and the baseball industry. The Rockies are committed to make an ongoing annual gift to the NJCAA […]

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Mustangs on the block

The Billings Mustangs (rookie; Pioneer League) are on the block, as an unidentified buyer has approached the community ownership group about a purchase. It would be a hard sale, but team president Woody Hahn has been authorized to discuss a potential sale of what’s considered one of the top franchises in the Pioneer League. These […]

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