There is an affiliation extension to report, as the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Short Season A; NY-Penn League) and the Baltimore Orioles have renewed their agreement. The two-year player development contract (PDC) runs through the 2018 season.
The Orioles will continue their relationship through the 2018 season with the Aberdeen IronBirds, which plays home games at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md. The IronBirds have been the Orioles’ New York-Penn League affiliate since 2002. Currently, nine players on the Orioles’ active roster started their professional baseball careers in Aberdeen.
“The Orioles appreciate the commitment the IronBirds make every year to develop Major League players and we enjoy working with Ripken Baseball to provide entertaining teams for our fans,” said Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette. “Aberdeen is an excellent town for Orioles players, and we are happy to continue this community investment alongside our goal to provide our fans a perennial contending team.”