Totally expected: the Cincinnati Reds and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Class AA; Southern League) extended their player-development contract for four more years, through 2016.
"We have been very extremely impressed with the operation in Pensacola, from the terrific new facility to the first-class treatment of our players by Quint Studer, Bruce Baldwin and their entire front office and gameday staffs. We appreciate that they are as interested as we are in extending our agreement for at least four more years, because our relationship is a very good one," said Walt Jocketty, Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager.
Wahoos owners Quint and Rishy Studer said the contract agreement is a win-win for the fans, the city of Pensacola, the Cincinnati Reds and the Wahoos.
"We are excited to build upon the success of this first year," said Quint. "Rishy and I have always worked hard in our business and philanthropy efforts to improve the community, and we are happy that the Reds see this endeavor in the same light. We are grateful to the Reds' organization for this extension, and they were a joy to work with. Our negotiations were open, never contentious and we achieved a win-win for everyone. The Reds are a great program to be a part of, and we really appreciated their collegial, upfront, and forthright approach," said Studer.
The Blue Wahoos have been one of the big success stories in Minor League Baseball this season; the relocated Carolina Mudcats have sold out 30+ games and made a huge impact in the city.
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