December 12, 2017

Hartford Yard Goats, Colorado Rockies extend affiliation deal through 2020

HBJ Photo | John Stearns
HBJ Photo | John Stearns
Tim Restall, president of the Hartford Yard Goats, oversaw a strong opening season at Dunkin' Donuts Park.

The Hartford Yard Goats Baseball Club and the Colorado Rockies agreed Tuesday to extend their affiliation for another two years, keeping them together through the 2020 season.

The Rockies' organization employs all the Yard Goats players, coaches and training staff. The so-called "player development contract" extension was announced at the 2017 Baseball Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Yard Goats franchise has been affiliated with the Colorado Rockies since 2015 and in just three seasons has sent 16 players to the Major Leagues.

Yard Goats President Tim Restall welcomed the continued partnership.

"The Yard Goats and Rockies share the same sentiment in being involved in the local community, which is one of the reasons this relationship works so well," Restall said. "Our players have been wonderful ambassadors in Greater Hartford and have engaged our fans both inside and outside of Dunkin' Donuts Park. The Rockies strong farm system will allow our fans to continue to see some of baseball's biggest prospects play in Hartford."

Rockies Senior Director of Player Development Zach Wilson said Yard Goats' ownership and front office as well as the city of Hartford and its baseball fans have embraced the franchise, players, and staff.

After having to play a season on the road because Dunkin' Donuts Park was not ready, the Yard Goats drew big crowds in their inaugural 2017 season in Hartford. The ballpark itself won industry awards.

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