Chicago Cubs ink new deal with South Bend Cubs – Player Development Contract extended through 2020
In a rare early renewal, The South Bend Cubs and the Chicago Cubs have extended their Player Development Contract 2 ½ years before the original contract expires. The new agreement cements South Bend’s affiliation with Chicago through the 2020 season and represents an unprecedented six-year commitment.
“The original four-year contract we signed with the Cubs was already unheard of,” said Andrew T. Berlin, Owner of the South Bend Cubs in a statement. “Their typical deal is two years. So extending South Bend’s affiliation through the 2020 season is truly unprecedented. It means Chicago recognizes that the fans in this region who welcome and follow our players are on par with the fans at Wrigley Field. And it means that our South Bend operation is living up to the promise we made about helping future Chicago Cubs players make it to the World Series someday.”
“Andrew Berlin, Joe Hart and the entire South Bend front office have worked hard to make their organization the best in minor league baseball,” said Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein in a statement. “They have provided our players with first-class facilities which has translated to success on the field, as evidenced by this season’s first-half division title and strong representation in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Their organization, as well as the South Bend community, has been a tremendous asset to our farm system.”
“This is a great vote of confidence in our operation, our city and every fan who comes to Four Winds Field,” commented Joe Hart, President of the South Bend Cubs in a statement. “The Chicago Cubs management team is the best in the business. So, when they want to renew with our management team and this city, especially so soon, it really says a lot about what’s happening here at Four Winds Field.”
“We are pleased to extend our relationship with South Bend for at least the next four years,” said Chicago Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod in a statement. “From capital upgrades of Four Winds Field to an outstanding front office team led by Andrew Berlin and Joe Hart, their organization has been an exceptional partner every step of the way. Our young players will continue to greatly benefit from their time with the South Bend Cubs and the local community.”
“I said it publicly back in September of 2014 when we announced our affiliation with the Chicago Cubs,” added Berlin. “The Cubs were impressed with this city, this region and everyone who lives here. They knew their players would be in good hands. This new Player Development Contract is validation of that original decision and a reflection of their ongoing confidence in all of us.”
The Cubs’ front office has extended the team’s player development contracts with two affiliates in the last 10 days. The Cubs Player Development Contract with Short-Season Class-A Eugene was set to expire at the end of the season. The Cubs extended the contract before the Emeralds kicked of the 2016 season.
The Cubs Player Development Contracts with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs (2018), Double-A Tennessee Smokies (2018) and Short-Season Class-A Eugene Emeralds (2018) all run through the 2018 season. The Cubs Player Development Contract with High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2016) runs through the end of the season. And South Bend will be the Cubs’ Low-A affiliate through at least the 2020 season.