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The Albuquerque Isotopes and Florida Marlins have renewed their Player Development Contract (PDC), extending their affiliation through the 2008 season. The announcement was made jointly today at a press conference at Isotopes Park by Isotopes President Ken Young and Marlins Director, Player Development Brian Chattin.


The Marlins have shown a commitment to developing young talent in the Minor League system, said Young. Their track record of developing young players to become solid every-day Major Leaguers speaks for itself. Important for us and our fans, they also understand that winning is a big part of development and have provided us with competitive teams from the start, as well as players and coaches that are quality people with a willingness to participate in the community.


The Florida Marlins are very pleased to be extending our affiliation with the Albuquerque Isotopes, said Jim Fleming, Florida Marlins Vice President, Player Development and Scouting, Assistant General Manager. The past four years in Albuquerque have been tremendous, and it is exciting to know it will continue to be our Triple-A home for the next two seasons. The Albuquerque Baseball Club is truly one of the finest organizations in Minor League Baseball, and we are proud to continue this partnership.


The Marlins are the only Major League affiliate the Isotopes have had since their inaugural 2003 season. Going into Fridays game, the Isotopes are 276-273 all-time as the Marlins Triple-A affiliate.


Albuquerque is just the fourth Triple-A affiliate the Marlins have had in their history, joining Edmonton (1993-94); Charlotte (1995-98); and Calgary (1999-2002). With this extension, the Isotopes will become the Marlins longest tenured Triple-A relationship in Florida team history.


Over the course of the last four years, 53 players have donned the uniforms of both the Marlins and Isotopes, with 12 different players seeing time with both clubs this season.






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Is that a good or bad thing? I'm not familiar with the merits of either location.


Carolina: Southern League is where it's at. It regularly has better talent than the Eastern or Texas.

Albuquerque: Meh, the only good thing to say is that the ballpark and fan support is very good.

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