About time: the Albuquerque Isotopes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their player-development contract through the 2014 season.
“We’re thrilled to extend our incredibly successful partnership with the Dodgers,” said Isotopes General Manager John Traub. “The City of Albuquerque and the Dodgers have been linked for generations and just as Los Angeles is considered one of the premiere franchises in Major League Baseball, the same is true for the Isotopes in Minor League Baseball. We’re proud to continue the shared traditions of two great organizations.”
The partnership between the ‘Topes and Dodgers has been successful both on and off the field for both teams, as Albuquerque has racked up a record of 302-273 in four seasons with the Dodgers, including two playoff berths. Since 2009, a total of 67 players have suited up for the Isotopes and the Dodgers, with 19 leaving Albuquerque to make their Major League debut in Los Angeles.
“We’re very excited to extend our relationship with Ken Young, John Traub and the Isotopes,” said Dodgers Assistant General Manager, Player Development De Jon Watson. “These two franchises have a storied history together and we’re happy to continue our relationship with the city of Albuquerque with its top-notch facilities and passionate fan base.”
The Albuquerque Dukes were the Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers from 1972 to 2000 after the Duke City hosted the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate from 1965 to 1971. Albuquerque will now be home to the Dodgers’ top farm club for 35 out of 43 years from 1972 to 2014.
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