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51s Announce New Player Development Contract With Toronto Blue Jays09/22/2008 6:25 PM ET
By Jim Gemma / Las Vegas 51s
LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas 51s Baseball Team announced today that they have signed a two-year Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Toronto Blue Jays and will remain a Triple-A franchise within the Pacific Coast League. Don Logan, President and General Manager of the 51s and Dick Scott, Director of Player Development for the Toronto Blue Jays made the announcement today at Cashman Field.
"It's an exciting move for us being the affiliate of the Blue Jays," said Logan. "The Dodgers affiliation was good for both us and Las Vegas, but they had a desire to move to a newer facility and re-engage a historic relationship. Our job is to bring quality baseball to the fans and the Blue Jays will certainly provide us with the players to do that."
The 51s started playing baseball in Las Vegas in 1983 as the Stars and were originally the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres winning PCL Championships in 1986 and 1988. 2001 saw the team name change to the 51s along with the affiliate to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"We are excited to partner with such a strong organization in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2009 & 2010 seasons," said Dick Scott, Blue Jays Director of Player Development. "Their facilities and staff, along with our improving minor league talent, should make this a very successful venture for both sides."
Earlier this year the Stevens Family Trust bought the 51s and the long anticipated name change has been postponed with no definite time table set. "The delay in Dodgers notifying us of its decision not to renew the PDC hampered our ability with respect to identifying the proper name and color scheme," said Chuck Johnson, Asst. GM / VP of Marketing.
Toronto Blue Jays played regular season games at Cashman Field in 1995 against the Oakland A's. The A's stadium wasn't complete in early April due to expansion to accommodate the Oakland Raiders.
American League Designated Hitter rule will be in affect for all 51s home and away games.
Although in 4th place in the Eastern Division of the American League and 10 games behind the Tampa Rays, the Blue Jays currently have a better win total than the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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