Red Sox extend affiliation with Class A Lowell

Red Sox extend affiliation with Class A Lowell

Red Sox extend affiliation with Class A Lowell
BOSTON -- The Red Sox and the Lowell Spinners have extended their affiliation through 2014, the teams announced Thursday.

Lowell, a Class A team in the short-season New York-Penn League, has been a feeder for the Sox since the 1996 season, the Spinners' first year in Lowell, Mass., after moving from Elmira, N.Y.

"We are very happy to extend our productive relationship with the Spinners through 2014," Red Sox director of player development Ben Crockett said in a release. "The Spinners organization and the community of Lowell really embrace our young players and provide them an exciting introduction to Red Sox Nation. [Owner] Drew Weber, [president and general manager] Tim Bawmann and the entire Spinners staff foster an excellent atmosphere for development and we look forward to our continued partnership."

The Spinners moved into their current ballpark, Edward A. LeLacheur Park, in 1998, and the team had a decade-long, 413-game sellout streak from Aug. 2, 1999 to Aug. 31, 2010. Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury and Kevin Youkilis all passed through Lowell en route to Fenway Park.

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