EVERETT, Wash. — The Everett AquaSox and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a two-year extension to the Player Development Contract, binding the team’s affiliation through the 2014 season. The agreement was finalized Wednesday afternoon.
“We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Mariners,” said AquaSox Executive Vice President Tom Backemeyer. “We could not be affiliated with a better organization, and we are excited that future Mariners will continue to get their start here in Everett.” The AquaSox have been the Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Seattle Mariners since the 1995 season.
“It is wonderful for the Seattle Mariners organization to have a Northwest affiliate so close to Seattle,” said Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik. “We have a great relationship with the Everett AquaSox ownership and everyone involved with the entire operation. It is great that the AquaSox and the Mariners can share such a strong fan base in the Northwest. All of this makes for a great marriage and we look forward to working closely with the AquaSox franchise to develop Major League talent.”
The AquaSox play their home games at Everett Memorial Stadium, located in Everett, Wash. Seattle and Everett are fewer than 30 miles apart.
“We’re extremely delighted to renew our affiliation with the Everett AquaSox,” said Mariners Director of Player Development Chris Gwynn. “The city of Everett and the AquaSox fan-base have always been great supporters of our minor leaguers and the entire Mariners organization and we’re looking forward to continuing to bring a great brand of baseball to the area for years to come.”
The AquaSox have produced numerous Major Leaguers during their affiliation with the Mariners, including current M’s Félix Hernández, Tom Wilhelmsen, Stephen Pryor and Michael Saunders.
“The Mariners are a first-class organization and have been a great partner over the years,” said Backemeyer. “We are looking forward to working with them over the next two years and beyond.”
The AquaSox underwent a logo transformation in 2010, introducing the “Trident-E” logo. Primarily displayed on the road hats, designed to celebrate the partnership with the Mariners by playing off the old Seattle Mariners “Trident-M” logos of the 1970′s and 80′s.
The AquaSox currently sit atop the Northwest League West Division. The Sox are on the road for five games before returning to Everett on July 11th for a five-game series with the Tri-City Dust Devils.
For more information on the Everett AquaSox, Class A Short-Season affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, and for ticket information, please call (425) 258-3673 or visit www.aquasox.com online.