|Durham Bulls Extend Commitment to Tampa Bay|
The Durham Bulls will continue to be affiliated with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The official announcement came on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 as the Durham Minor League club extended their player development contract with the Major League Rays through the 2006 season.
“The Devil Rays have given us nothing but first-class treatment since we first agreed to this partnership in 1998,” said Durham Bulls VP George Habel. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with them for years to come.”
The Bulls have been associated only with the Devil Rays since the Durham team’s move to Triple-A. During those seasons, the Bulls have won the Governor’s Cup in the International League championship and four IL South Division titles.
“The Devil Rays have experienced an outstanding relationship with Jim Goodmon and the entire Durham Bulls organization over the past six years,” said Devil Rays Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Chuck LaMar. “We are honored to be able to extend our agreement and to continue the flow of our younger players through this storied franchise.”
The Bulls open their 2003 season at home against the Norfolk Tides on Thursday April 3, 2003.