AUGUSTA, GA - The Augusta GreenJackets in conjunction with their parent affiliate, the San Francisco Giants, have announced a three-year extension to the current player development contract (PDC) between the two organizations. The GreenJackets-Giants relationship dates back to 2005 and 2018 will mark the 14th season of the partnership. Under the new agreement the GreenJackets will remain a Giants' affiliate through the 2020 season. The GreenJackets and Giants affiliation is the longest lasting partnership with a MLB affiliate in GreenJackets franchise history.
Throughout this partnership, the GreenJackets have been the first stop for many of the Giants' current stars on the big league club including 2014 World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, 2012 World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval & 2016 GreenJackets Hall of Fame Inductee Roberto Kelly to name a few. Showcasing their commitment to the CSRA, the Giants and GreenJackets players and staff continue to make many appearances throughout the CSRA each season.
GreenJackets' President, Jeff Eiseman, "The Giants have been the longest tenured affiliation in GreenJackets history and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with them. This is an exciting time in GreenJackets history and we look forward to providing a venue for the new wave of Giants prospects to pave the way to San Francisco."
During the partnership, the GreenJackets have qualified for the South Atlantic League playoffs in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013. In 2008, the 'Jackets won their 4th South Atlantic League Championship and in 2009 the GreenJackets had the best overall record in the SAL South.
"We cannot be more excited to extend our partnership with the San Francisco Giants who have consistently supplied both players and coaches that have represented the GreenJackets organization well on and off the field here in the CSRA," stated Tom Denlinger Vice President. "As we move to our new home at SRP Park we look forward to being an integral part of the next wave of Giants greats to start here in the CSRA."
"We are excited to have the opportunity to open a new stadium and extend our PDC, to 2020 with the Augusta GreenJackets," stated San Francisco Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans. "The new ballpark, much like AT&T Park, will enhance the fan experience and be a gathering point for the surrounding communities. This energized environment will be perfect for our player's development as they prepare to play in front of 40,000 Giants fans one day."
About the Augusta GreenJackets
The Augusta GreenJackets kick off the Inaugural Season at SRP Park on April 12th against the Lexington Legends (Kansas City Royals). SRP Park is the anchor piece of Riverside Village, a live, work, "playball" development which includes apartment living, senior living, retail, restaurants, class "A" office space, and a Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. Deposits are currently being accepted for Full Season Seats for the GreenJackets 2018 season. To learn more and for a 360-degree view of SRP Park and Riverside Village, visit www.greenjackets2018.com.
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