The Los Angeles Dodgers and Great Lakes Loons announced today an extension of the organizationsâ€™ player development contract for an additional four seasons, making the Loons the Single-A Midwest League partner of the Dodgers through 2014. The Loons have been affiliated with the Dodgers since the franchise began play in 2007.
â€śWe look forward to continuing our partnership with the Loons and our success both on the field and in the Midland community for years to come,â€ť said Dodgers Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Development De Jon Watson.
The Loonsâ€™ 74-36 (.672) overall record is the best mark in Minor League Baseball this season and the club has already qualified for a second consecutive playoff berth by placing second in the Eastern Division in the seasonâ€™s first half. Great Lakes qualified for the franchiseâ€™s first playoff berth and won a first-round playoff series in 2009.
â€śOur goal from a partnership perspective has always been to have continuity and competitiveness,â€ť Loons President & GM Paul Barbeau said. â€śWe have had a great working relationship with the Dodgers over our first four seasons. Our players have been active in the Great Lakes Bay Region, and our association with the Dodgersâ€™ brand â€“ which has such a rich tradition of excellence â€“ has provided additional recognition and exposure to our franchise.â€ť
â€śThe Dodgers have made a strong commitment to our organization and fans by putting such a competitive product on the field the past two seasons.â€ť Barbeau added. â€śThe Dodgers have played a key role in the success our franchise has enjoyed, and we are excited to announce the Dodgers will be part of four more years of Loons baseball.â€ť
Clayton Kershaw (2008) and Kenley Jansen (2010) became the first two Loons to debut in the Major Leagues with Los Angeles , while former Loons Josh Bell (Orioles), Victor Garate (Nationals) and Carlos Santana (Indians) made their debuts with other franchises. Last year, Dee Gordon and Kyle Russell were named co-Most Valuable Players of the Midwest League and the franchise has had 22 All-Stars in its four-year history.
Source: Los Angeles Dodgers
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