Angels, Quakes Extend Affiliation

Angels farm director Abe Flores signs an extension to their affiliation with Rancho Cucamonga as Quakes owner Hank Stickney looks on.

The Angels and Quakes announced today an extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC) through the 2010 season. Click Here to watch the press conference. You need Windows Media Player and a broadband (cable modem, DSL) Internet connection to watch.

Per the Basic Agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and Minor League Baseball (MiLB), a PDC can be for two or four years. Inland Valley Daily Bulletin sportswriter Pete Marshall asked why it was for only two years, not for four. The question got some nervous laughter from the dais.

It was mentioned that the City of Rancho Cucamonga, which owns The Epicenter, is going to upgrade the outfield fence to add padding prior to Opening Night. That kinda implied to me that maybe the Angels want more upgrades at the facility. The Epicenter was built in 1993. At age fifteen, it’s still better than most minor league parks but it’s no longer state-of-the art, as are Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock and the new Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids.

No mention of an exhibition game or any other frills which might have explained the higher profile for this event than past PDC renewals.

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