Nationals, Chiefs Extend PDC

PRESS RELEASE – The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, have extended their Player Development Contract with Washington for two more seasons. The Chiefs will now be the top Minor League affiliate of the Nationals until at least the end of the 2014 season.

“The relationship with Washington has been tremendous for our fans,” Chiefs general manager John Simone said. “The Nationals have provided our town with great young talent and excitement and we look forward to continuing to watch the future Nationals one step before the Major Leagues.”

During the three seasons with Washington, the Chiefs’ composite record is 218-209 (.510). In 2009 and 2010, the Chiefs posted back-to-back winning seasons with 76 victories apiece.

“We could not be more pleased to make this commitment,” said Rizzo. “To make this announcement so early in the season speaks to how much we value our relationships and the environments cultivated by the good people in Syracuse, Harrisburg, Potomac and Auburn. We take our affiliate relations very seriously in Washington. They are a vital part of our family and we know that with time, these bonds will only strengthen.”

Last season, Washington’s composite Minor League winning percentage of .511 was good for 11th out of 32 teams. This offseason, Baseball America voted the Nationals’ farm system number one in baseball. Washington’s current 40-man roster contains 24 players who have played in Syracuse.

The Chiefs will open the 2012 regular season on Thursday, April 5 at Alliance Bank Stadium against the Rochester Red Wings. Tickets for Opening Day can be purchased online at SyracuseChiefs.com, by calling 315-474-7833, or in person at the ticket office. Full- and partial-season ticket plans are also on sale through each of the same three methods.

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