Durham Bulls extend affiliation with Tampa Bay Rays

Bulls, Rays to Continue Player Development Relationship Through 2018


DURHAM, NC Sept. 1, 2014
– During today’s regular season finale at the DBAP, the Durham Bulls announced the extension of their Player Development Contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, which will lengthen the Bulls’ affiliation with the Rays through the end of the 2018 season.

Durham Bulls affiliation with Tampa Bay Rays

The four-year contract comes on the heels of a four-year deal signed in August, 2009, that went in to effect after the 2010 season. In the last four years of the affiliation, the Bulls have captured three International League South Division titles and the 2013 Governors’ Cup Championship. The Rays have been Durham’s only affiliate since the team jumped to the Triple-A classification in 1998.

 

“We’re thrilled to once again extend our affiliation with the Tampa Bay Rays,” said Mike Birling, Bulls General Manager since 2003. “We’ve been fortunate the Rays have been able to keep our long-time coaching staff intact to lead a seemingly endless crop of prospects year after year, which has translated into dominance on the field.”

 

The 17-year affiliation between the Bulls and Rays, the third-longest affiliation in the International League, has provided the Bulls unparalleled success. The franchise has won 12 division titles and earned 13 playoff berths in that span, while winning the 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2013 Governors’ Cup crowns. Additionally, the 2009 season saw the squad earn the title of Triple-A National Champions, defeating the Memphis Redbirds 5-4 in Oklahoma City.

 

“The Tampa Bay Rays are proud to continue to be the Major League affiliate of the Durham Bulls, Minor League Baseball’s best Triple-A affiliate,” said Tampa Bay Rays Director of Minor League Operations Mitch Lukevics. “The Bulls have been great partners, and we’re excited to continue that relationship for the next four years.”

 

The Durham Bulls open up the 2014 Governors’ Cup playoffs on the road Wednesday and Thursday against the Columbus Clippers. On Friday the series shifts to Durham for Game Three, and Games Four and Five if necessary. Tickets for all home playoff games are available at durhambulls.com, by phone at 919.956.BULL, and at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park box office.

 

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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