Some affiliation news to pass along, as the Portland Sea Dogs (Class AA; Eastern League) are extending their agreement with the Boston Red Sox. The player development contract (PDC) between the two teams was set to expire after the 2018 season, but will now last through 2020.
Red Sox Vice President/ Player Development Ben Crockett and Sea Dogs Chairman Bill Burke made the announcement.
“We are excited to extend our development partnership with the city of Portland and the Sea Dogs organization,” stated Crockett. “Hadlock Field remains a significant stepping stone for Red Sox prospects en route to Fenway Park. We appreciate the consistent support shown to our players and staff by the Sea Dogs fan base and the organization led by Bill Burke, Sally McNamara, Charlie Eshbach and Geoff Iacuessa.”
The Sea Dogs’ relationship with the Boston Red Sox began in 2003, following a nine-year affiliation with the Florida Marlins. Upon changing affiliations, the Sea Dogs changed colors from teal to red and blue. Additionally, a likeness of Fenway Park’s Green Monster was erected at Hadlock Field. The skyboxes at the park were also renamed to honor legendary Red Sox hitters.
The 2017 season will mark the Sea Dogs’ 15th as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. The Sea Dogs have advanced to postseason play five times since becoming an affiliate of the Red Sox, including their first Eastern League Championship in 2006. There are currently 21 former Sea Dogs on the Red Sox 40-man roster including Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Dustin Pedroia, and Hanley Ramirez.
“We are pleased and proud to extend our relationship with the Boston Red Sox, one of the premiere franchises in professional sports,” stated Burke. “We thank the Red Sox for continuing to place their trust in us and look forward to continuing to give our amazing fans a chance to see future big league stars in action, right here in Portland.”
Portland is one of Boston’s six domestic minor league affiliates, joining Triple-A Pawtucket (International League), High-A Salem (Carolina League), Single-A Greenville (South Atlantic League), Short-A Lowell (New York-Penn League) and Rookie Gulf Coast Red Sox (Gulf Coast League).