By Alex Kosmach
Las Vegas Informer
The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the New York Mets on Wednesday. The 51s will be the new AAA affiliate of the Mets.
âWe are excited to welcome the Mets as our new Triple-A affiliate,â 51s Executive Director Don Logan said. The Mets will be the 51sâ fourth major-league affiliate in the teamâs 30-year history.
Las Vegasâs previous major league affiliate, the Toronto Blue Jays, announced today that they have signed a similar two-year contract with the AAA Buffalo (NY) Bisons.
âWe are excited about our new partnership with theÂ Las VegasÂ 51sÂ and the city ofÂ Las Vegas, one which values equally player development, winning and community involvement,â Mets General ManagerÂ Sandy AldersonÂ said.
The full press release from the Mets is below.
METS AND LAS VEGAS 51s SIGN PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACT
Â FLUSHING, N.Y., September 17, 2012 â" The New York Mets today announced they have signed a two-year player development contract with the Las Vegas 51s, which will be the clubâs new Triple-A affiliate. Â The 51s play in the Pacific Coast League and have Cashman Field as their home stadium.
âWe are excited about our new partnership with the Las Vegas 51s and the city of Las Vegas, one which values equally player development, winning and community involvement,â said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson.
âWe are familiar with many of the front office personnel with the Mets,â said 51s Executive Director Don Logan. âIâve known Sandy Alderson for 20 years to go along with J.P. Ricciardi, Paul DePodesta, Dick Scott and Terry Collins.Â These individuals are all very familiar with Las Vegas from the time they spent here with other organizations. We are excited to welcome the Mets as our new Triple-A affiliate.â
The Las Vegas franchise, most recently associated with the Toronto Blue Jays, has topped 300,000 in attendance for all its 30 seasons (1983-2012). Â Â The team has been affiliated with the Blue Jays (2009-2012), Dodgers (2001-2008) and Padres (1983-2000).