DENVER -- The Rockies and Triple-A Colorado Springs announced on Friday that they have extended their player development contract through 2014. The 2012 season marks the 20th year of the partnership, which has existed throughout the Rockies' time in the Major Leagues. More than 270 players, including 22 of the 25 on the Rockies' World Series roster in 2007, have spent time in Colorado Springs. "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," farm director Jeff Bridich said in a news release. "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 Sky Sox have made three Pacific Coast League playoff appearances and won one PCL title, in 1995, during the partnership. "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," Sky Sox general manager Tony Ensor said. "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. "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."
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