MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports that the Reds have settled on Bakersfield as their new Advanced A minor league affiliate. The move is the final domino in an offseason of Advanced A reshuffling that began with the conclusion of the Rangers sale.
New Rangers managing partner and CEO Chuck Greenberg is also President and managing partner for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the Carolina League. When the Rangers sale was completed and Myrtle Beach's player development contract with the Braves concluded at the end of the season, the Pelicans signed a new deal with the Rangers. The Braves looked to Lynchburg, the former home of the Reds Advanced A affiliate to serve the same capacity for Atlanta. And with the Carolina League filled, Cincinnati headed west to sign with the franchise Texas previously worked with, the Bakersfield Blaze.
The Cal League is notorious for its hitter friendly environs, and Bakersfield's Historic Sam Lynn Ballpark typifies the reputation of the league. The stadium has a stunningly shallow centerfield fence that sits just 354 feet from home plate. The stadium dates back to the founding of the Cal League and the Bakersfield franchise in 1941.
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