The Chattanooga Lookouts (Class AA; Southern League) and the Minnesota Twins signed a new four-year player development contract (PDC), through the 2018 season.
The Lookouts were formerly a farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Twins was parent to the New Britain Rock Cats (Class AA; Eastern League). The Dodgers are entering into a new affiliation with the Tulsa Drillers (Class AA; Texas League) while the Rock Cats are now a farm team of the Colorado Rockies.
The team made the announcement via Twitter.
“Although we had a longstanding successful tenure with the New Britain Rock Cats, the Twins organization is very excited to begin this partnership and compete in the Southern League,” said Minnesota Twins Executive Vice President and General Manager Terry Ryan in a press release. “We rely a great deal on our minor league affiliates and look forward to building a relationship with the Chattanooga Lookouts. This is an important time in our growth and player development and we are confident this will strengthen those efforts.”
From 1932 to 1959 the Lookouts were affiliated with the Washington Senators, who went on to become the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Chattanooga won three league titles as a Senators affiliate including one under manager Cal Ermer. Ermer managed the Lookouts from 1952 to 1957 and went on to manage the Twins for part of the 1967 and all of the 1968 season.
Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Twins’ great, Harmon Killebrew also has roots with the Lookouts. The 13-time All-Star spent two seasons with Chattanooga and hit a combined 46 home runs with the team.
“We are excited to partner with a team that has a deep history with the Chattanooga Lookouts” said Lookouts President and General Manager Rich Mozingo. “The Minnesota Twins are an upstanding organization and present an incredible opportunity for the Lookouts and the City of Chattanooga.”
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