Friday, April 18, 2014
The Boston Red Sox and Portland Sea Dogs announced that they have extended their affiliation agreement through 2014.
The announcement, made before the Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner, came as a surprise since the two teams were already committed through the 2012 season.
Sea Dogs President Charlie Eshbach said the extension is just a reflection of the relationship between the two clubs.
"Our intent is to be with them forever," Eshbach said.
Agreements between major league teams and minor league teams are for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four.
Mike Hazen, Red Sox Director of Player Development, was not present during the announcement (he is still driving through the snow), but issued a statement through a press release, saying, "We are extremely fortunate to work with some of the best people in minor league baseball in Portland."
The Sea Dogs began as a Florida Marlins affiliate in 1994, and switched to the Red Sox in 2003.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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