The Angels announced today that they have extended their partnership with the Double A Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League for two more seasons.â†µ
â€œWe are pleased once again to extend our contract with the Arkansas Travelers through the 2012 season,â€ said Angels’ Director of Player Development Abe Flores. â€œThe success of our ten-year partnership exceeds the business of baseball and is rooted even deeper because of the fans, community and front office. We are grateful for all they have done to go above and beyond since our partnership began in 2001. The facility (Dickey-Stephens Park), along with the people of Central Arkansas are first-class, and we look forward to continuing this positive relationship with them in the years to come.â€
â†µâ€œAs an organization we decided our best option is to be a part of the Los Angeles Angels,â€ said Travs General Manager Pete Laven. â€œTheir affiliates at the Class-A level, Cedar Rapids and Rancho Cucamonga, enjoyed outstanding seasons in 2010 and are currently in the playoffs. It is our belief that the young talent coming to Dickey-Stephens Park over the next two seasons will deliver the winning product on the field that Travelers fans so deserve.â€
This is the 10th season in Arkansas for the Angels. Current Halos Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver, Howie Kendrick, Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli, among others, have played with the Travelers. In fact, 24 players on the Angels’ 40-man roster have played in Arkansas.â†µ
The Travelers finished this season 55-85, in last place in the North Division of the Texas League.