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Nuts, Rockies combine for two more years

Modesto NutsThe Modesto Nuts (High Class A; California League) and the Colorado Rockies will be together for two more years, as the pair’s PDC is extended.

The two-year extension will ensure the partnership continues for eight consecutive seasons, tying the second longest affiliation in Modesto professional baseball history. The franchise previously held 8-year partnerships with the New York Yankees (1954-1961) and St. Louis Cardinals (1967-1974).

“The Colorado Rockies have proven to be a great partner for the Modesto Nuts franchise,” said Modesto Nuts Vice President/General Manager Mike Gorrasi. “The Rockies commitment to player development is well known and we look forward to working together for a very long time.”

Since the affiliation began in 2005, 27 former Modesto Nuts players, including stars Ubaldo Jimenez and Troy Tulowitzki, have played in the Major Leagues. In addition, former Nuts hitting coach and manager Glenallen Hill has also joined the Major League coaching staff.

“The Colorado Rockies Organization is excited to renew our contract to remain a part of the Modesto Nuts family,” said Rockies Director of Player Development Marc Gustafson. “We have enjoyed the relationship that has been built between the two organizations over the past six seasons, and we look forward to a successful future as we continue to bring Rockies baseball to the Modesto fans and community.”

Here’s a look at the current affiliate status.

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