09/17/2002 5:12 pm ET
Twins Sign Two-Year Agreement With Rochester Red Wings
Twins Also Renew Agreement With Quad City Through 2004
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that
they have agreed to a two-year working agreement with the Rochester Red
Wings (AAA, International League) through the 2004 season. The joint
announcement was made today in Rochester by Twins Vice President/General
Manager Terry Ryan, Twins Director of Minor Leagues Jim Rantz, Red Wings
Chief Operating Officer and Chairman of the Board Naomi Silver and Red Wings
Chief Executive Officer and President Gary Larder.
"The Twins organization is very aware of the rich tradition of the
Rochester Red Wings", said Twins Vice President/General Manager Terry Ryan.
"This is a high-profile organization with a tremendous reputation throughout
baseball. After speaking with Naomi Silver, Gary Lardner and Dan Mason last
week, we were convinced that the Twins and Red Wings are a perfect fit. The
entire Twins organization is honored to be affiliated with the Rochester Red
Wings, and we look forward to building this relationship for many years to
The agreement with Rochester brings to an end a successful two-year
working agreement with the Edmonton Trappers, during which time the Trappers
won the 2002 Pacific Coast League Championship and sent over a dozen players
to the major leagues. They finished the 2002 season with an 81-59 record,
finishing in first place in their division for the third time in the last
four years, the 12th time in that last 13 seasons that the Twins' Triple-A
affiliate has finished with a winning record.
"The Twins organization would like to thank the Edmonton Trappers
organization and their fans for their outstanding support during the two
very enjoyable years that we spent there", Twins Baseball Operations
Director Rob Antony said.
The agreement with Rochester marks a return to the International
League for the Twins, the first time that they have been in the
International League since they were affiliated with the Toledo Mud Hens in
1986. In nine years with Toledo in the International League from 1978-86,
the Mud Hens went 602-652 (.480), making three playoff appearances and
producing future Twins such as Baseball Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett and 1988
American League Cy Young Award winner and 1987 World Series MVP Frank Viola.
"We are elated to enter into this partnership with the Red Wings.
The Rochester club is a family oriented organization, very much like the
Twins. We have similar philosophies about player development, and Rochester
offers our players every opportunity to compete in an excellent facility and
live in a great community", said Twins Director of Minor Leagues Jim Rantz.
In addition to their new agreement in Rochester, the Twins also
announced today that they have renewed their contract with the Quad City
River Bandits (Class A, Midwest League) through the 2004 season. The
agreement continues the Twins' relationship with the River Bandits, which
began in 1999. In the four years that the Twins have been affiliated with
the River Bandits, the River Bandits have posted an overall record of
292-259 (.530), competing in the Midwest League playoffs in each of the last
"The Twins are pleased to renew our deal with the River Bandits. Our
players and staff enjoy the city, the community and the fans that come to
watch the players perform and we hope to continue this relationship for many
years to come", Twins Director of Minor Leagues Jim Rantz said.
Over the four years of their affiliation with the Twins, the River
Bandits have had five players who have gone on to play with the Twins,
including current Twins Bobby Kielty, Juan Rincon, Kevin Frederick and