FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno Grizzlies and the San Francisco Giants have announced they will extend their Player Development Contract (PDC) through the 2014 season. Under the two-year agreement, the Grizzlies will remain the Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, with 2013 being the 16th season of the partnership.
"The Central San Joaquin Valley community has consistently shown they bleed orange and black," said Grizzlies Team President, Chris Cummings. "The Grizzlies affiliation is 15 years strong, and we as an organization are looking forward to the coming years in helping the Future Giants become stars and our fans cheering them on in Downtown Fresno."
The Grizzlies and Giants first began their affiliation during the Grizzlies' inaugural season in 1998. Numerous players have gone on to play for the Giants after spending time with the Grizzlies, including current stars Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey. The Giants organization was named Topps 2011 Organization of the Year and 2010 Organization of the Year by Baseball America following their World Series title. During the Giants' run to the 2010 World Series championship, 14 of the 25 players on the playoff roster spent time with Fresno during their Minor League development.
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