One thing I missed in 2020 besides being able to see my family on a regular basis or actually go out and enjoy my friend’s company, was minor league baseball. Watching affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates such as the Altoona Curve, Bradenton Mauraders, Greensboro Grasshoppers, West Virginia Black Bears, and Indianapolis Indians are all things that were missed.
Now in 2021, with the whole realignment and teams being dropped from affiliation, it is tough to not feel bad for the communities accross the country impacted by it. Because, unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates and organizations around baseball have been forced to drop minor league affiliates.
There is some really good news in this piece, though, I promise.
One piece of good news is that we will see Minor League Baseball this year. The second piece of good news is that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Indianapolis Indians are going to stay partnered through 2030.
The news coming today through the MiLB website with the first picture you see saying 10 More Years! Randy Lewandowski, the general manager of the Indiandapolis Indians, had this to say after agreeing to the Professional Development License (PDL) agreement:
"“We look forward to entering a new era of Minor League Baseball and to working directly with Major League Baseball. We are also excited to continue our partnership and Triple-A affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates. From the front office to the players and coaches, it has been a pleasure working with the Pirates organization, and we are eager to continue our relationship for the next decade. Our organization and fans have reason for excitement as we usher in the 25th anniversary of Victory Field in 2021.”"
This season will mark the 20th out of 25 seasons that Indy has spent as an affilaite of the Pittsburgh Pirates. I can tell you that I’m super pumped to continue to watch Ben Cherrington and company work their magic in pumping talent through Indy and on to the Majors! Minor league baseball has a very important task in developing the next generation of baseball players, and in this new 120 team Minor League system, I hope we see a great generation come through Indy!