A's Extend Player Development Contract with Short Season-A Vermont

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland Athletics have announced the club has extended its player development contract with the Short Season-A Vermont of the New York-Penn League through the 2016 season. The Vermont Lake Monsters have had a minor league affiliation with the A's since 2011.

"We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Lake Monsters," said A's Vice President and General Manager Billy Beane. "The support by the Vermont ownership group and the Burlington community has been outstanding. We look forward to continuing our relationship."

The Lake Monsters play their home games at venerable 4,000-seat Centennial Field, located on the University of Vermont campus. Centennial Field is one of the oldest ballparks still in use in professional baseball, dating back to 1906. Such future major league standouts as Ken Griffey, Jr., Barry Larkin, Omar Vizquel, Orlando Cabrera, Milton Bradley and Jason Bay have played for Vermont over the years.

"We are excited to continue our relationship with the Oakland Athletics," said Vermont Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. "Our working partnership has been incredible since day one and we are excited to be able to continue to see our guys develop and contribute at the Major League level with Oakland."