09/15/2004 1:35 PM ET
Blue Jays reach agreement with Lansing Lugnuts
The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have signed a new two-year affiliation deal with the LANSING LUGNUTS of the Midwest League effective for the 2005 season. Lansing replaces the South Atlantic League's Charleston Alley Cats as a Blue Jays affiliate at the Class A level of minor league baseball.
DICK SCOTT, the Blue Jays' Director of Player Development, says, "We are very excited to be in Lansing. It is one of the premier minor league stops and the fans have a ton of passion. We are very happy with the partnership."
Lansing previously served as an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. JEFF CALHOUN, the Lugnuts' General Manager, says, "It was a difficult decision to make, but we're certain that we've made the right decision. The city of Lansing has a first class stadium and the fan support for the team is unparalleled in any league. Lugnut fans can be proud that their city was highly sought after as parent clubs looked to make selections for their Class A home."
The Blue Jays' minor league affiliates for the 2005 season will be as follows:
Syracuse SkyChiefs - International League (AAA)
New Hampshire Fisher Cats - Eastern League (AA)
Dunedin Blue Jays - Florida State League (A - Advanced)
Lansing Lugnuts - Midwest League (A)
Auburn Doubledays - New York-Penn League (A - Short Season)
Pulaski Blue Jays - Appalachian League (Rookie Advanced)
The Lansing Lugnuts have played out of Oldsmobile Park in Lansing, Michigan since 1996.