REDS AND MUSTANGS EXTEND AGREEMENT
MUSTANGS, REDS EXTEND AGREEMENT
Billings and Cincinnati Aligned Through 2014 Season
BILLINGS, MT (10.18.10) – Today the Billings Mustangs and Cincinnati Reds announced the signing of a two-year extension of their working relationship through the 2014 season. The clubs’ current player development contract is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2012.
“The Reds are very pleased to be extending their player development contract with the Billings Mustangs through the 2014 season,” said Reds Senior Director of Player Development, Terry Reynolds. “The partnership between the Reds and Mustangs is a long and successful one. Dehler Park is the finest playing facility in the Pioneer League and we appreciate everything that the City of Billings, the staff of the Mustangs and the great boosters do for our players and staff. We hope this extension is just one of many more.”
The Mustangs and Reds have been affiliated since 1974, one of the longest active partnerships in professional baseball. Many great players who starred at the Major League level began their respective careers in Billings, including Tom Browning, Paul O’Neill, Rob Dibble, Ron Oester, Trevor Hoffman, Reggie Sanders, Aaron Boone, BJ Ryan, Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns. More recently, current Reds players Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Drew Stubbs, Paul Janish, Chris Heisey, Logan Ondrusek and Travis Wood all wore a Mustangs uniform.
“We are thrilled to continue our affiliation with the Cincinnati Reds,” commented Gary Roller, Mustangs General Manager. “Our 37-year partnership is one of the longest running affiliations in professional baseball and has produced eight Pioneer League Championships and numerous players who have gone on to play in Cincinnati. We feel fortunate and are extremely proud to be a member of the Reds extended family and look forward to many more years of shared success.”
Cincinnati’s other short-season affiliate is the Arizona League Reds, while the Dayton Dragons (Midwest League) and Bakersfield Blaze (California League) are the Class A affiliates. The Reds’ AA affiliate is the Carolina Mudcats (Southern League), and the Louisville Bats of the International League is the Class AAA affiliate.