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Nats extend contract with Harrisburg through ’18

Jan 15, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT

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The Nationals have extended their longstanding affiliation with Class AA Harrisburg, signing a new, 4-year contract that will keep the two clubs connected through 2018.

The Senators already were contracted with the Nationals through this upcoming season, but by reaching agreement now on a long-term extension the two sides guarantee there won’t be any threat of a break-up.

Harrisburg has served as the franchise’s Class AA affiliate since 1991 and made the transition with the club during its 2005 relocation from Montreal to Washington. The Nationals have enjoyed the relationship, particularly the short, 2-hour drive between Nationals Park and Metro Bank Park.

“Our partnership with Harrisburg and the Senators dates back more than 20 years, and it is with that history in mind that we are excited to sign on with them for another four,” general manager Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “Harrisburg is an Eastern League gem, and we are proud to continue our association with a team, and a town, that have such rich baseball histories.

“From a baseball standpoint, the Senators have served as a fantastic breeding ground for some of our organization’s most talented players, and helped launch the major-league careers of many. The Senators connection in our clubhouse runs deep.”

This agreement comes one month after the Nationals agreed to a similar, 4-year extension with Class AAA Syracuse that also runs through 2018.

  1. NatsLady - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    I like these long-term arrangements. Some teams change minor-league affiliations like they change underwear. It shows that Rizzo is able to work with the teams’ local owners and townships (though, well, Potomac has been challenging)–and I like that in a GM. You could wish Syracuse had a better climate, but it’s a great sports town. Don’t know much about Harrisburg, but if they’ve been with us since Expo days, you have to hope the locals have some attachment to the major-league club.

    • Sonny G 10 - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      Me too, NatsLady. I should try to make it to Harrisburg for a game this year.

  2. Section 222 - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    They refurbished Metro Park the year before Stras played there. It’s a great park, and the drive’s not bad. Definitely worth a trip. I haven’t made it up there since Harper’s AA debut on July 4, 2011. Derek Norris hit 2 homers in that game. Maybe when Giolito makes his debut.

  3. natsfan18 - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    living in South Central Pennsylvania I can say the Harrisburg A very nice city, nice stadiu, and a reasonable distance to dc. Good location. Now that while Syracuse thing…

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