Rays, Bulls Agree to Two-Year Extension of PDC

Durham Bulls

Rays, Bulls Agree to Two-Year Extension of PDC

First Pitch Luncheon
Durham Bulls staffers greet season ticket holders & sponsors at the Bulls’ First Pitch Luncheon on Tues, Apr 15th.

On Tuesday, April 15, 2008, the Durham Bulls and Tampa Bay Rays announced a two-year extension of their Player Development Contract, extending the relationship through the 2010 season. The Rays have been the only parent club the Bulls have had since coming to the International League in 1998 and the relationship is the fifth longest in the league.

First Pitch Luncheon
Bulls ambassador Bill Law (r to l) introduces Bulls PA Announcer Tony Riggsbee, Manager Charlie Montoyo, Hitting Coach Gary Gaetti, Pitching Coach Xavier Hernandez & Rays Director of Minor League Operations Mitch Lukevics.

First Pitch Luncheon
Capitol Sports VP George Habel (left) & Bulls Asst General Manager Jon Bishop get down to business.

“The Rays have been a very good organization for us to be a part of, filling our rosters with players that have won two championships and six division titles in 10 years,” Durham Bulls General Manager Mike Birling said, “Looking at all the improvements the current ownership has made with their team and with their relationship with the Tampa area, I think there are a lot of positives in being with the Rays.”

While the parent club in Tampa Bay has struggled since its inception, the Bulls have had a remarkable run of post-season appearances and record attendance. The Bulls have seven post-season appearances (1998-2000, 2002-2004, 2007), six South Division titles (1998-2000, 2002-2003, 2007) and back-to-back championships in 2002 and 2003. The team has also recorded season paid attendance marks of over 500,000 five times, the only times in their 105-year history.

The media capture the announcement.
Wool E. Bull
Wool E. Bull pals with fans & sponsors.

“We are proud and honored to have our long association with the Durham Bulls Baseball Club. They have been outstanding hosts to our players over the years,” Rays Minor League Operations Director Mitch Lukevics said.

Thanks to DBBC’s Matt DeMargel for this capcom story & to ATC’s Valerie Ward for these capcom photos.


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