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01/22/2009 6:10 PM ET
Reds and Bats extend Player Development Contract through 2012
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Louisville, KY - The Louisville Bats have announced an extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Cincinnati Reds through 2012. This extends the previous agreement which was set to expire after the 2010 baseball season.

"The Reds are extremely pleased to be extending our Player Development Contract with the Louisville Bats," said Reds Director of Player Development Terry Reynolds. "We feel the Bats and the Reds are a great team. The help and cooperation we receive from Gary Ulmer and his staff provide us with everything we need to successfully develop our prospects into productive Cincinnati Reds players."

From 1982-1997, the Louisville franchise spent the first 16 years of its existence as the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Louisville began a two-year Triple-A affiliation with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1998 and became the Reds top farm club in 2000, the first year of play at Louisville Slugger Field. During their affiliation with Cincinnati, Louisville won their first ever Governors' Cup in 2001 and has reached the post-season three times (2001, 2003, 2008).

"We have a great relationship with the Cincinnati Reds," added Bats President Gary Ulmer. "The Louisville Bats are proud to be their Triple-A affiliate and are very pleased to announce that our relationship will continue for many years to come." The Louisville Bats begin their 10th anniversary season at Louisville Slugger Field at home on Thursday, April 9 versus the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, at 7:05 p.m.

Full and partial season tickets are available by calling the Bats front office at (502) 212-2287 or visiting batsbaseball.com.

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