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Lugnuts, Blue Jays finally announce PDC extension

Lansing Lugnuts logoHere’s the official announcement: the Lansing Lugnuts (Low Class A; Midwest League) and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their player development contract (PDC) through the 2016 season.

No surprise: neither team was listed by MiLB in an email of open affiliations sent last week.

“This is terrific news for the city of Lansing,” said Lansing Lugnuts co-owner Tom Dickson in a press release. “The Toronto Blue Jays consistently provide high-character, high-ceiling baseball players. After watching the rapid ascent of Daniel Norris, Dalton Pompey and Kendall Graveman from the Lugnuts to the Blue Jays in just one year, we are excited to see who follows in their footsteps.”

“We love our affiliation with the Lugnuts,” said Blue Jays Director of Minor League Operations Charlie Wilson. “From the location to the front office staff to the stadium atmosphere, the Lansing Lugnuts are an ideal partner. We’re already looking forward to our first glimpse of Cooley Law School Stadium’s renovations on Opening Day 2015.”

The Lugnuts celebrate 20 years in Lansing in 2015, with Midwest League titles in 1997 and 2003. The upcoming renovation will provide Cooley Law School Stadium with a $1 million HD video board, a 360° walk-around concourse, re-imagined and enhanced picnic venues, a new kids playground area, team clubhouse upgrades, refurbished seating, a new playing surface, renovated annual suites, installation of energy-efficient lighting and windows, and a new special event facility to allow for all-season use of the ballpark.

There are two teams left unaffiliated in the Low Class A Midwest League: the Kane County Cougars and the Beloit Snappers are left with the Oakland Athletics and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Here’s a look at the current affiliate status in Minor League Baseball.


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