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Bats, Reds extend affiliate deal through 2016

Louisville BatsThe Louisville Bats (Class AAA; International League) and the Cincinnati Reds extended their Player Development Contract (PDC) through the 2016 season.

This extends the previous agreement which was set to expire after the 2014 season.

“Our organization’s relationship with Louisville continues to be a very successful one,” said Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Walt Jocketty. “The Bats have a great ballpark and fan base and an even better front office staff, all of which leads to first-class treatment of our players.”

The Bats became the Reds’ top farm club in 2000, the first year of baseball at Louisville Slugger Field. During their affiliation with Cincinnati, Louisville won their first ever Governors’ Cup in 2001 and has reached the postseason five times (2001, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010). Reds stars Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, Aroldis Chapman and Todd Frazier are among the former Bats players currently on the Reds’ roster.

“This will be our 14th season as the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate and we are very pleased to announce the extension of our agreement through 2016,” said Bats President Gary Ulmer. “Our fans have certainly enjoyed watching the many talented players come through Louisville and then continue to cheer for them in Cincinnati. We have a great relationship with our many friends with the Reds and look forward to the future as a Reds affiliate.”

Here’s a look at the current affiliate status.


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