UPDATE (1:05 p.m. PT): The Los Angeles Dodgers announced their Double-A affiliate will now be the Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League through the 2016 season. Chattanooga was the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate from 2009-2014.
Through the first two days of the week, it was announced the Los Angeles Dodgers signed extensions with their High-A and Low-A Minor League affiliates through the 2016 season. However, Wednesday brought news the Dodgers would no longer keep their Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Dodgers purchased the Oklahoma City RedHawks, who will be under Peter Guber’s direction as the Executive Chairman and Managing Director of the team and partners Paul Schaeffer and Larry Freedman, who will manage the operations.
Transitioning from the Albuquerque Isotopes to the RedHawks will keep the Dodgers in the Pacific Coast League, however they now shift over to American Northern Division. The RedHawks were previously the Houston Astros Triple-A affiliate.
Along with the opportunity to own a franchise, several reports indicated the Dodgers were concerned with the altitude in Albuquerque and the impact it has when evaluating prospects. The Dodgers and Isotopes were affiliated for 44 years across three separate stints.
Their most recent began in 2009 after a nine-year hiatus. This season was particularly difficult for the Isotopes, who posted a losing record and were marred in controversy. Alex Guerrero and Miguel Olivo had a dugout altercation that resulted in Olivo being released from the franchise.
Later in the season, Erisbel Arruebarrena ignited a brawl with the Reno Aces. One positive note for the Isotopes was Joc Pederson’s historic season as he began the first Pacific Coast League player in 80 years to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases.
Pederson’s season earned him MVP honors and a promotion to the Dodgers’ Major League roster Sept. 1. The RedHawks have been a member of the PCL since 1998 and have won seven division titles.
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