Cincinnati Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty and other members of the Reds’ front office were in Pensacola Tuesday to announce the signing of a four-year extension of the team’s player development contract with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Southern League). Jocketty came away very impressed with the new Community Maritime Park. Read more here.
PRESS RELEASE – The Pensacola Blue Wahoos joined with executives of the Cincinnati Reds organization today to announce the signing of a four-year extension of the Blue Wahoos’ player development contract with the Reds.
The agreement extends the existing one year contract because of the overwhelming success of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos organization, according to Reds management. Typically, PDC’s are extended for two or four years at a time, and in some cases, not at all. The four-year extension is seen as a sign of the confidence the Reds have in the Blue Wahoos ownership and organization, as well as the community support for the team.
“We have been very extremely impressed with the operation in Pensacola, from the terrific new facility to the first-class treatment of our players by Quint Studer, Bruce Baldwin and their entire front office and gameday staffs. We appreciate that they are as interested as we are in extending our agreement for at least 4 more years, because our relationship is a very good one,” said Walt Jocketty, Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager.
Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward welcomed the news as further evidence of the community’s progress.
“Throughout this season, we have built a great relationship with the Reds and the city of Cincinnati,” said Hayward. “The Blue Wahoos have quickly become another reason why Pensacola is a great place to live, work, and play, and this exciting announcement is the latest win in a very successful debut season. I want to thank Reds owner Bob Castellini and his front office for their confidence and investment in Pensacola and our Blue Wahoos.”
Wahoos owners Quint and Rishy Studer said the contract agreement is a win-win for the fans, the city of Pensacola, the Cincinnati Reds and the Wahoos.
“We are excited to build upon the success of this first year,” said Quint. “Rishy and I have always worked hard in our business and philanthropy efforts to improve the community, and we are happy that the Reds see this endeavor in the same light. We are grateful to the Reds’ organization for this extension, and they were a joy to work with. Our negotiations were open, never contentious and we achieved a win-win for everyone. The Reds are a great program to be a part of, and we really appreciated their collegial, upfront, and forthright approach,” said Studer.
The Reds organization commended the Wahoos organization for its positive effect on the community, the support of the fans selling out numerous home games, and the quality players on the team, some who have been called upon to compete in the Major League.
Currently the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are in a tight race with the Montgomery Biscuits and the Mobile BayBears for first place within the Southern League South Division Double-A league. The playoffs will begin in September.