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Reds, Blaze make shotgun wedding official

Bakersfield BlazeAs the last two standing at High Class A, the Cincinnati Reds and the Bakersfield Blaze (California League) were meant to be — but that didn’t stop them from issuing a celebratory press release anyway. Plus, the Blaze has a new general manager: Elizabeth Martin.

The player-development contract runs for two years, through 2012.

“The Reds look forward to returning to the Cal League and beginning a relationship with Bakersfield,” said Terry Reynolds, Senior Director of Player Development and Global Scouting. “Player development is a key component for the Reds and we will do our best to give the fans of Bakersfield a team to be proud of.”

“We are very excited to enter into an agreement with the Reds,” said Blaze owner D.G. Elmore. “We are confident they will be a productive partner on and off the field and we look forward to this new chapter of Bakersfield Blaze baseball.”

Additionally, Elmore announced the hiring of Elizabeth Martin as general manager, replacing Justin Kozubal, who will continue to work for Elmore. Martin has spent the last four years serving as the Assistant General Manager and Legal Counsel for the Visalia Rawhide (High Class A; California League). Martin’s sports marketing tenure also included positions with the Oakland Raiders and the office of Minor League Baseball.

“Elizabeth brings a wealth of sales and management experience to the Blaze,” Elmore said. “Our fans and sponsors are going to love working with her and will enjoy the creative energy she brings to the ballpark.”

Here’s a look at the current affiliate status.

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