Area’s new team to be Braves Class-A Advanced affiliate through 2020 season
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Sept. 16, 2016) – Central Florida’s new Minor League Baseball team today announced it has signed a four-year affiliation agreement with the Atlanta Braves. The Player Development Contract will remain in effect through the 2020 season.
“We’re excited about this new partnership with the Braves, especially given the team’s long history here in Central Florida. We’re looking forward to enhancing that existing relationship with a reintroduction of Minor League Baseball in our community,” said Team President Joe Harrington. “The Florida State League has a reputation as a development leader for future major leaguers, so it was a natural fit as we look to build the new franchise here at Osceola County Stadium.”
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has been the Spring Training home to the Atlanta Braves for nearly 20 years. The Atlanta Braves franchise has five Major League Baseball Hall of Famers including Phil Niekro, Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz.
“We are thrilled to reach this agreement with the Manatees,” Braves general manager John Coppolella said. “We look forward to returning to the Florida State League and to our second home in Central Florida.”
Earlier this week, Central Florida’s new Minor League Baseball team revealed its 2017 Florida State League (FSL) schedule and announced the sale of season seat memberships. The team’s inaugural season at Osceola County Stadium will start April 6 against the Daytona Tortugas.
The schedule features 70 home games and an Independence Day fireworks spectacular on July 4. Game times for all 2017 games and promotional-themed nights will be released at a later date.
Membership packages include full season (70 games), half season (35 games), partial (15 games) and mini (7 games). Full season packages start at $350 and are available by calling 321-697-3156. For more information, visit www.probaseballbackincentralflorida.com.
The Florida State League team will have a new name as it moves into its new home at Osceola County Stadium in 2017. The team held a Name the Team contest this summer and plans to unveil the new name and logo in October.
About Central Florida’s New Minor League Baseball Team
The Florida State League team, formerly the Brevard County Manatees, will move from Space Coast Stadium into its new home at Osceola County Stadium in 2017. Osceola County last had a Class-A Florida State League franchise in 2000 with the Kissimmee Cobras. The team is under the leadership of President Joe Harrington. For more information, please visit http://www.probaseballbackincentralflorida.com.