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Spokane, Texas extend player-development contract

Spokane IndiansThe Spokane Indians (short season A; Northwest League) will remain a Texas Rangers affiliate through 2016, as the two teams extended their player-development contract (PDC) for two more years.

“We’re more than excited to be able to continue the affiliation with the Texas Rangers two more years,” said Spokane Indians Vice President-General Manager Chris Duff. “This partnership has been nothing but successful since 2003.”

The Indians originally became a Rangers’ affiliate in 2003. Since the teams have been partnered, Spokane has won three Northwest League Championships (2003, 2005 and 2008). Spokane has also led the league in attendance every year, as last year the team broke an attendance record by averaging 5,064 fans at each game. There have been 42 total Indians to make the Major Leagues since the affiliation began.

“To be honest, it was a no-brainer to continue a working relationship with Spokane,” said Jon Daniels, President of Baseball Operations and General Manager of the Texas Rangers. “The atmosphere and staff at Avista Stadium are second to none in Minor League Baseball.”

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

Other affiliate deals announced today:

It’s official: Astros, River Bandits extend affiliation

Jacksonville Suns, Miami Marlns extend PDC through 2016

Rochester Red Wings, Minnesota Twins extend PDC through 2016

RELATED STORIES: Affiliation news: Mets, Astros, 51s, River Bandits


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