Another of those unannounced PDCs to announce: the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (short season A; Northwest League) and the San Francisco Giants renewed their player development contract through the 2016 season.
Not a surprise: the Volcanoes were not listed on an email from MiLB detailing open affiliations.
The agreement extends the affiliation between team owners Jerry and Lisa Walker and Bill Tucker to a total of twenty-two (22) years, a relationship that began in Bellingham, Washington back in September 1994, and one of the longest such relationships in all of baseball. The existing agreement between the Giants and the Volcanoes would have expired on September 30, 2014.
“We are extremely happy about our association with the Giants,” said Jerry Walker. “We’ve had a stretch of very good clubs here in Salem-Keizer winning the Northwest League Championship 5 times and the Division Championship 7 times including a remarkable stretch of 4 consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) when the Volcanoes were never out of first place — not even for a single day.”
“Our fans enjoy the association with the Giants as many of our fans are lifelong Giants fans,” Walker added. “Eighty two former Volcanoes’ players have made it to the Big Leagues, and I think that speaks volumes as to the Giants’ commitment to the Volcanoes’ and the Salem-Keizer community.”
As we noted: the affiliate shuffle in baseball is mostly completed, save for two teams at High A, where the Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers will decide between the Carolina Mudcats (Carolina League) and the High Desert Mavericks (California League).
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