COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Colorado Rockies have extended their Player Development Contract through the end of the 2014 baseball season, team officials announced today. The two-year agreement extends from October 1, 2012 until September 30, 2014. The 2012 campaign marks the 20th season of the partnership between the two clubs.
“The Colorado Rockies Organization is very excited to extend our contract with the Sky Sox, and we are proud to remain a part of the Sky Sox family,” said Rockies Senior Director of Player Development Jeff Bridich. “The community of Colorado Springs and the Sky Sox front office staff have been important pieces of the Rockies family for many years. We look forward to a continued relationship and a successful future with Colorado Springs and the Sky Sox Organization.”
The Rockies have been affiliated with the Sky Sox since 1993, the Rockies very first season. The 19-season partnership has seen great success as more than 270 players have split regular season time between the Sky Sox and Rockies. In 2007, 22 of the Rockies’ 25-man World Series roster were former Sky Sox. In addition, the Sky Sox have reached the playoffs three times over that span and won the PCL Championship in 1995.
“Over the past 19 years, our partnership with the Colorado Rockies has been a tremendous success and a source of great pride for the Colorado Springs community. Security Service Field has been the launching pad for numerous Major League baseball players like Todd Helton, Carlos Gonzalez, Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Holliday and many more and we look forward to continuing that tradition,” said Sky Sox General Manager Tony Ensor. “It’s a thrilling time to be a Sky Sox and Rockies fan here in the state of Colorado. We look forward to continuing to showcase some of the best professional baseball talent in the country and matching that talent against the league’s best in the hopes of bringing another Pacific Coast League Championship to Colorado Springs.”