The Tacoma Rainiers will remain the Mariners Triple-A affiliate through the 2022 season, the Seattle Major League Baseball team recently announced. The Player Development Contract between the two teams was set to expire at the end of the 2018 season, and has now been extended three more years.
“The Mariners are excited to be able to extend our relationship with the Rainiers,” Mariners Director of Player Development Andy McKay said. “The Rainiers have consistently demonstrated their commitment to providing the best possible environment for our prospects to develop as well as providing an opportunity for baseball fans in the Pacific Northwest to meet the next generation of Mariners.”
The two teams have shared a partnership since 1995. In nearly 25 years as Seattle’s Triple-A affiliate, the Rainiers have won five division titles (2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, and 2016); three conference championships (2001, 2005, and 2010); and two Pacific Coast League Championships (2001 and 2010). The Tacoma team played in the Pacific Coast League for more than 50 consecutive years.
“This has always been a great relationship,” Tacoma Rainiers owner Mikal Thomsen said. “Our fans in Tacoma and I are all Mariners fans, so it is a natural thing to follow players on both teams from the fan standpoint. On the business side, the Mariners — to a person and as an organization — have been great to work with, and we look forward to maintaining this affiliation far into the future.”