Meet the Angels’ new AA affiliate: the Mobile Bay Bears

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Updated: September 21, 2016

The Mobile BayBears announced this Tuesday that they have agreed to become the Los Angeles Angels new Double-A, replacing the Arkansas Travelers, who called themselves the “Greatest Show on Dirt”.

The two-year deal means the ending of the 15-year partnership with Arkansas which has produced current Angels such as Mike Trout, CJ Cron, and Garrett Richards. The prospect of gaining an affiliate that has produced MLB All-stars such as Justin Upton, Max Scherzer is a bit exciting, but with the Angels having the worst farm system, according to MLB pipeline, there still is not much to look up to for the next couple of years.

The Mobile BayBears have been the Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A partner since 2007 and before were the Padres partner. This marks the first time the BayBears have had an American League affiliate.

The BayBears play at Hank Aaron Stadium, named after the Mobile native and one of 3 men to hit 700 home runs, and play in the Southern League. They last won the league in 2012 and have won the league a toal of four times. The BayBears General Manager Chris Morgan said in a press release

“We are thrilled to be entering into this new partnership with the Los Angeles Angels. Billy Eppler and the Angels front office is dedicated to developing quality players at the minor league level and everyone associated with the BayBears organization will work tirelessly to provide a positive environment for this development”.

Angels General Manager Billy Eppler seemed content with the Angels new partnership as he also released a statement saying, ““The Los Angeles Angels are very excited to begin a partnership with the Mobile BayBears. This will be a great home for our Double-A players and staff.”

Hopefully the partnership will be successfull for both the Los Angeles and Moblie and extedn past the current two-year contract.

 

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