PRESS RELEASE – The Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers signed a two-year Player Development Contract during a press conference Thursday at Security Service Field. With the signing of the agreement, the Sky Sox officially became the Triple-A Affiliate of the Brewers who in turn became the third major league affiliate in team history (Cleveland Indians – 1988-1992, Colorado Rockies – 1993-2004).
“This is a big moment in Sky Sox history,” said Sky Sox President & General Manager Tony Ensor. “When we made the announcement about a week ago, there was a lot of excitement within the Sky Sox organization because of what we knew the Brewers represented: success at the major and minor league level, commitment to the community and a culture of winning. But I can honestly tell you that over the last 10 days I’ve had an opportunity to meet and work with many members of the Brewers organization including a few of the people here today. During that time we both realized that we share many common goals for the team, a commitment to our fans and this community. That initial excitement has grown tenfold in a very short time. If the season were to begin tomorrow, that wouldn’t be soon enough for us!”
A commitment to the Colorado Springs community was evident throughout the event as Sky Sox Owner David Elmore noted during his comments.
“When I heard about how committed the Brewers are to working in the community, especially with the military, it was very heartwarming because that’s what it’s all about,” said Elmore. “It’s about family and I think the Colorado Springs community is going to be thrilled about this partnership and we’re looking forward to tremendous success moving forward.”
A crowd of over 100 sponsors and season ticket holders attended the event and witnessed the Brewers’ commitment firsthand as several members of their front office were in attendance including President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin, Vice President/Assistant General Manager Gord Ash, Special Assistant to the GM/Baseball Operations Dan O’Brien and Director of Minor League Business Operations Scott Martens. Melvin, who will enter his 13th season with the Brewers next season, stressed continuity and trust as building blocks for the affiliation.
“We believe in stability and that’s how we’ve built our franchise. We believe in the business side and the baseball side working together. We’re big on stability, being up front and trusting each other while building relationships so I’m very confident we can do that with David Elmore and Tony (Ensor) because of the energy they bring to this organization.”
“We’re excited to get out into the community and share our organization and this experience with everyone in Colorado Springs,” added Melvin.
New Sky Sox manager Rick Sweet emphasized player involvement and accountability saying, “The Milwaukee Brewers don’t just prepare players to succeed on the field. We prepare them to get involved in the community. Our players will be involved in the Colorado Springs community and you’ll be proud of the way they carry themselves and how we represent you and this organization on and off the field.”
A new era of Sky Sox Baseball begins April 9, 2015. For information about the Sky Sox and the 2015 season at Security Service Field, please call (719) 597-1449 or visit www.skysox.com, http://www.facebook.com/skysoxbaseball or follow us on Twitter at @skysox.