Yankees, RailRiders extend relationship

The two teams announce four-year extension of their player development contract
06/09/2014 12:06 PM ET
By Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Media Relations

Shortstop Derek Jeter spent time rehabbing with the RailRiders last season.(AP)
Moosic, Pa. -- Few things in life are certain. But NEPA's baseball fans can know one thing for sure - the New York Yankees are here to stay. During tonight's contest at PNC Field, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) and their parent club jointly announced a four-year extension of their player development contract (PDC). The formality extended their relationship for four more years, or through the 2018 season. That is the longest extension allowed per baseball rules.

"We love our relationship with the Yankees," said RailRiders president/GM Rob Crain. "The signing of the PDC's maximum extension marks the formal acknowledgment of what everyone should know - the RailRiders and the Yankees enjoy a wonderfully positive partnership that will be here for a long, long time."

Crain and New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman put pen to paper and addressed the crowd after the third inning of the Saturday affair against Toledo. It was a celebratory day on multiple fronts. The only manager the team has known during its time as a Yankees affiliate, Dave Miley, was inducted into the International League's Hall of Fame in a special pre-game ceremony on the field.

"We are excited," said Cashman. "When we brought the franchise affiliation here in 2007, we told everyone we were here to stay and we meant business. We couldn't be in a better place."

The RailRiders' homestand continues on Sunday afternoon as they play game two of a four-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens (Detroit Tigers) at 1:05 p.m. The contest will air live on MyNetworkTV with John Sadak and Aaron Berlin on the call. Jim Riley will fill in on the radio broadcast. TV coverage gets underway at 1 p.m. while the radio pregame show starts at 12:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio - The GAME, Northeast PA's largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM. For season ticket information, single-game tickets or to book a ballpark group outing, call (570) 969-BALL (2255) or visit

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