For those of you that love minor league baseball, you will be interested to learn that the Dodgers have switched their Class-A affiliation in the California League from the Inland Empire 66ers to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
Personally, I love minor league baseball and think it’s a fantastic way for fans of the team to watch the future stars of Major League Baseball up close. Plus, Rancho Cucamonga (which has one of the all-time great names for a city) is just 46 miles east of Dodger Stadium!
The deal is for two years and covers the 2011 and 2012 seasons. One nugget that I did not previously know was that the Quakes are owned by Brett Sports, which is led by Hall of Famer George Brett and his brothers Bobby and John. The franchise had previously been affiliated with the Angels from 2001-2010, and that club is now rumored to be heading to the Inland Empire to pick up the affiliation with the 66ers.
“We feel like the move to Rancho not only brings our High A partner closer to Dodger Stadium, but is a strong fit for our organizational goals,” said Dodger Assistant General Manager De Jon Watson. “We’re excited to partner with Brett Sports and look forward to a long-lasting relationship.”
“The Dodgers are one of the most prestigious teams in all of sports and we are excited to begin our partnership with them in Rancho Cucamonga,” said Quakes Managing Partner Bobby Brett.
And if you’re a local and want to celebrate the move, there will be a public celebration with Tommy Lasorda and other Dodger dignitaries on Tuesday, October 5th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Epicenter in Rancho Cucamonga.
In addition to Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers also have deals in place for 2011 with the following affiliates: Triple-A Albuquerque, Double-A Chattanooga, Single-A Great Lakes, Rookie-advanced Ogden and two Rookie-level clubs in Glendale, Arizona and Santo Domingo.