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Mets, Gnats extend affiliation

Savannah Sand GnatsThe Savannah Sand Gnats (Low Class A; Sally League) and the New York Mets extended their player-development contract (PDC) through the 2014 season.

“We’re pleased to have the New York Mets back with us to continue our partnership and the development of future major leaguers here in Savannah,” said Sand Gnats President John Katz. “The Mets have been fabulous partners over the past six years, both in providing strong teams and in helping make a positive impact in the Savannah community.  We’re looking forward to two more years together.”

During the partnership with the Mets, the Sand Gnats have reached the South Atlantic League playoffs twice, including the 2011 team that came within one strike of winning of the South Atlantic League Championship.

“The Mets are pleased to extend our relationship with the Sand Gnats and the people of Savannah,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “Savannah is a wonderful city, and our players, coaches and scouts enjoy their time there.  Grayson Stadium continues to present issues from a player development standpoint, but we are familiar with what the Sand Gnats ownership has accomplished in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and have monitored their efforts to partner with the City to create a new outdoor multi-use venue in Savannah.  We hope and believe those discussions are headed in the right direction.”

“The Sand Gnats are thrilled that the Mets have agreed to remain in Savannah for two more seasons,” said Jason Freier, CEO of Hardball Capital, owner of the Sand Gnats. “The Mets are one of the premier organizations in professional sports, and they have brought quality teams, great people and a community-oriented mindset to Savannah for the past six years. The Sand Gnats will continue to do everything possible to live up to our end of the bargain and provide a great environment for the Mets to develop their stars of tomorrow, and a fun, affordable family-friendly entertainment product for the people of Savannah and the Coastal Empire.”

Here’s a look at the current affiliate status.


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