The New Britain Rock Cats (Class AA; Eastern League) will announce the team’s new parent at a press conference scheduled for this afternoon.
The Minnesota Twins and the Rock Cats have been affiliated since the 1995 season, but the Twins decided to walk away from the relationship after GM Terry Ryan spent some time there at the end of the season. The reason? The team’s uncertain future:
“We don’t know if they’re going to move to Hartford; I don’t know if anybody knows,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “That’s about the only reason we severed [the 20-year relationship] — there’s a lot of uncertainty in New Britain right now. The new owners are fantastic; everything is fine. But there’s a lot of uncertainty.”
There are only two unaffiliated teams at Double-A, assuming the Minnesota Twins-Chattanooga Lookouts marriage comes through: the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies.
Here’s a look at the current affiliate status in Minor League Baseball.
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