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Friday, 29 September 2006 10:55
Dodgers logoThe Los Angeles Dodgers have announced that their Advanced Class A affiliate in Vero Beach, Fla., will relocate to San Bernardino, Calif., and their Class A affiliate in Columbus, Ga., will move to Midland, Mich., according to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti.

The Dodgers will continue to maintain minor league affiliations with the Las Vegas 51s (Triple-A), Jacksonville Suns (Double-A), Ogden Raptors (Rookie) and Gulf Coast Dodgers (Rookie).

"San Bernardino and Midland are ideal partners for strong minor league developmental organizations and we look forward to long-term relationships with these communities," said Colletti. "This also will be a nice opportunity for Dodger fans to see some of our younger players in action."

The Dodgers will be the first organization to have a Minor League team in Midland, which will play in the Midwest League. The city has built a brand new, state-of-the-art Minor League stadium and the team will be known as the Great Lakes Loons. The club is returning to San Bernardino for the first time since the 2000 season and will be known as the Inland Empire 66ers. The Dodgers had a six-year affiliation with San Bernardino from 1995-2000 and won three league championships over that time.

Los Angeles will return to Las Vegas, Jacksonville and Vero Beach (Gulf Coast League) for the seventh straight season while affiliating with Ogden for its fifth straight campaign. Those four organizations combined to go 222-192 (.536), and both Jacksonville and the Gulf Coast Dodgers made their leagues' respective playoffs. Jacksonville won the Southern League championship in 2005 and this year earned the a first-half division title with a dominating 48-22 record. The Gulf Coast Dodgers finished 32-22 and won the Eastern Division title.

The Dodgers had made Vero Beach their Advanced Class A home for the last 27 years (1980-2006), while the Columbus Catfish affiliation began in 2001. The Gulf Coast League Dodgers will remain in Vero Beach and Dodgertown will continue to house the Spring Training facility for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Minor League rehabilitation facility.



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