The Hickory Crawdads (Low Class A; Sally League) and the Texas Rangers extended their player development contract for four years, through the 2018 season.
The Crawdads have been the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Rangers since the 2009 campaign, with playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011. Hickory posted a league-best 79-58 record in 2011, including the franchise’s first 1st-Half Northern Division Championship since the 2003 season.
Hickory is currently 77-58 in 2014, the fifth best overall record in the South Atlantic League. The Crawdads were eliminated from playoff competition on Thursday night. Since becoming a Rangers affiliate, Hickory has a 444-384 (.536) record with five consecutive winning seasons.
“We’re very excited to continue our relationship with the Texas Rangers,” said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. “The Rangers have been a great partner over the past six seasons and we’re looking forward to four more years with one of the best organizations in Major League Baseball.”
“On behalf of our ownership and President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels, I wanted to thank the Crawdads for providing us another opportunity to extend our great partnership,” said Rangers Senior Director, Minor League Operations Mike Daly. “The support of the ownership, management, and fans in Hickory is first class and we look forward to a productive affiliation over the next four years.”
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