Though it wasn’t set to expire until 2014, the Columbus Clippers (Class AAA; International League) and the Cleveland Indians extended their player-development contract through the 2016 season.
It’s pretty clear both sides are happy with the current arrangement.
“These first four seasons of being affiliated with the Cleveland Indians in our new ballpark has exceeded all of our expectations,” said Ken Schnacke, Clippers president and GM. “The awards we have won together are a testament to how well we work together, how much our fans appreciate not only Huntington Park but also our relationship with the Tribe. We are very proud to be a part of the Cleveland Indians player development system and we take pride and pleasure in following our players who have ‘graduated’ from Columbus to Cleveland.”
“We are pleased to extend our relationship with the Columbus Clippers, taking us through the 2016 season,” said Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti. “The Clippers are a first‐class organization that provides our players and staff with a Major League‐caliber operation and facility. We look forward to continuing this unique opportunity of developing our upper‐level prospects in the heart of our regional fan base.”
The player development contract between the Clippers and the Indians began in 2009, coinciding with the opening of Huntington Park.
Here’s a look at the current affiliate status.
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