Manchester, N.H. - The Toronto Blue Jays and New Hampshire Fisher Cats have announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract, ensuring that the Fisher Cats will stay a Blue Jays affiliate through 2020. Founded in 2004, the Fisher Cats have played each of their 14 seasons as the Blue Jays Double-A affiliate.
"The Blue Jays are very pleased to be extending our working agreement with the Fisher Cats," said Blue Jays Director of Player Development Gil Kim. "We are delighted to work with first class partners like [Fisher Cats owner] Art Solomon and [Fisher Cats President] Mike Ramshaw. Our players are fortunate to play in a quality ballpark in front of the passionate fans in Manchester."
"We're proud to continue our relationship with the Blue Jays," said Ramshaw. "The players and coaches who have come through New Hampshire have given our fans so many lasting memories, and made a positive impact in our community. It's a pleasure to be a part of the Blue Jays organization, and I couldn't think of a better way to kick off our 15th season."
The Fisher Cats have sent over 100 players to the major leagues, including Blue Jays stars Kevin Pillar, Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, and are projected to welcome top prospects Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and Bo Bichette to New Hampshire at some point during the 2018 season.
New Hampshire has hosted three Eastern League All-Star Games and took home the league championship in 2004 and 2011.
The Fisher Cats will be led by 38-year-old manager John Schneider, the youngest skipper in team history and the first former Fisher Cats player to become manager. Starting today, all Fisher Cats single-game tickets are on sale for the 2018 season.
Stop by the box office at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, call (603) 641-2005, or visit www.nhfishercats.com to book your seats for Star Wars Night, Nickelodeon Night featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, "What Could Have Been" Day with the Granite State Mountain Men and much more.
The Fisher Cats home opener is on Friday, April 13th against the Hartford Yard Goats (Colorado Rockies affiliate). The first 2,500 fans will receive a free magnet schedule from EnergyNorth Propane, and fans can enjoy a Beatles-themed Atlas Fireworks show following the game. For photo or interview requests, please contact Tyler Murray at 603-606-4130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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